Dog Sled Racing at the Winter Olympics

Dog sled racing was once included as a demonstration event at the Winter Olympics - in 1932 in Lake Placid. There were twelve contestants, five from Canada and seven from the USA. There was also a skijoring demonstration sport at the 1928 Winter Olympics, in which a person on skis was pulled by a horse. See more Winter Olympic Games demonstration sports.

Rules

The event was conducted under the rules of the New England Sled Dog Club, and ran twice over a 25.1 mile long course. There were six dogs per sled, and each sled took off at three-minute intervals. The intermediate times were given to the mushers at four miles, 10.6 miles, and 22.46 miles.

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Results

The event was won by Canada's Emile St. Godard, who beat America's Leonhard Seppala and compatriot Shorty Russick.

Place Driver Country Race #1 Race #2 Combined
1 Emile St. Godard Canada 2:12:05.0 2:11:07.5 4:23:12.5
2 Leonhard Seppala USA 2:13:34.3 2:17:27.5 4:31:01.8
3 Shorty Russick Canada 2:26:22.4 2:21:22.2 4:47:44.6

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