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Alaska's Mt. Rushmore of Sports

2/2/2009

ESPN reviewed the submissions and discussions on your state/region's conversation page. The four figures on Alaska's Sports Rushmore are below:

Carlos Boozer (Juneau)
The Olympic gold medalist helped lead Duke to the 2001 National Championship.

Susan Butcher (Juneau)
The four-time Iditarod champion is the second woman to ever win the event and has 12 top-five finishes.

Scott Gomez (Anchorage)
The two-time All-Star is the first Alaskan to play in the NHL and the winner of the 1999-00 Calder Trophy.

Joe Redington
Led the first sled-dog expedition to the summit of Mount McKinley in 1979 and is the "Father of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race."

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

George Attla (North Pole)
- Winner, 10 Fur Rendezvous World Championships, 8 North American Sprint Dog titles

Mario Chalmers (Anchorage)
- 3-time Alaska HS POY, Led Kansas to 2008 Nat'l Championship, 34th pick in '08 NBA Draft

Walter Harper (Mt. McKinley)
- first person to reach summit of Mount McKinley

Trajan Langdon (Anchorage)
- 3-time Alaska HS POY, 2nd in Duke history in 3-Pt FG, currently plays for CSKA Moscow

Hilary Lindh (Juneau)
- 1992 silver medalist in downhill skiing, won gold at '97 World Championships

Tommy Moe (Anchorage)
- In 1994, became first American male skier to win 2 medals in a single Winter Olympics

Mark Schlereth (Anchorage)
- 3-time Super Bowl Champion, 2-time Pro Bowler, football television personality

Rick Swenson (Two Rivers)
- Only 5-time Iditarod champion, only person to win in 3 different decades

Roxy Wright Champaine (Fairbanks)
- Won Fur Rondy World Champ. and Fairbanks' Open North American Champ. 3 times each

Other potential nominees: Ty Conklin (Anchorage), David Morris (Eagle River)