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In 2008 Northern Light Media produced the documentary Appetite and Attitude: A Conversation with Lance Mackey, about the world’s preeminent long distance sled dog racer, who made racing history when he won two 1,000 mile races back-to-back, the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod, with most of the same dogs – an incredible feat of endurance, long considered almost impossible, which changed how mushers think about what their dogs are capable of achieving. Lance then went on to win both races a total of four times each, including an unprecedented four consecutive Iditarod wins in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. He is truly one of the greatest mushers who ever lived. In this video, filmed as his meteoric career was just beginning, Lance talks about the factors which he attributes to his spectacular success.
An excerpt from an early review of this DVD said, “For die hard Lance fans, like myself, its mesmerizing. He is amazingly candid and open. He offers up insights about the sport that few of us would imagine. He tells us a lot about his own thinking and how he processes observations of dog and musher behaviors.” -Sarida Steed-Bradley, Texas
Lance’s indomitable lead dog, Larry, is the only dog in the world to win the coveted Golden Harness Award from both of these grueling races. For his achievements Lance was nominated for a 2007 ESPY – Excellence in Sports Performance Award, and in 2008 he was named Sports Illustrated’s#2 Toughest Athlete in the World.
Lance, a cancer survivor, comes from a family of sled dog racing champions. His father Dick Mackey helped create the world’s most famous race, the 1,049 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, in 1973. Five years later his father won the race by one second in a world-famous photo finish.
Lance makes his home – Comeback Kennels – near Fairbanks, Alaska. In this video Lance talks about his dogs, his races, his family legacy and his dreams for the future! Videography by Donna Quante (producer/videographer: Pretty Sled Dogs) brings a special touch to this video.
• Appetite & Attitude: A Conversation with Lance Mackey 45 minute HD-DVD. $25.00 postpaid (US only, foreign orders please use Amazon). To order via check or money order, mail to Northern Light Media, PO Box 298023, Wasilla, Alaska 99629. To order via credit card or Paypal click on the linked cover image.