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Mushing phenom Emily Robinson named Alaska Athlete of the Week

by | Jan 9, 2024 | Athlete of the Week, Sled Dog Racing

Emily Robinson, a 16-year-old musher from Nenana, topped a stellar field to win the Knik 200 race on Sunday, garnering her our Alaska Athlete of the Week honors.
Robinson, the two-time defending Junior Iditarod champion, was only allowed to participate because the Knik 200 opened the race to junior mushers for the first time.
She took full advantage, overcoming a seven-minute deficit at the halfway point at Knik Lake to edge 2022 Iditarod champion Brent Sass by 1 minute, 5 seconds.
Robinson also defeated 2023 Iditarod winner Ryan Redington (3rd place) and previous Knik 200 champs Nic Petit and Eddie Burke, among others, to claim the $5,000 first-place prize.  She also won the Spirit of Joe Redington, Sr., Award.

Also receiving votes:

  • Rosie Brennan –  The two-time Olympian from Anchorage finished less than one second behind the winner to capture second place in the women’s 20-kilometer World Cup pursuit race.
  • David Carle – The Anchorage native guided Team USA to the gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship with a 6-2 victory over homestanding Sweden in Gothenburg.
  • Jack Green – The Anchorage soccer player bagged three goals and assisted on another score to lift Team USA to historic heights in futsal at the Pan American Maccabi Games as the Americans defeated host Argentina 6-4 in the gold medal match.
  • Gus Schumacher — The Anchorage skier placed career-best fourth in a freestyle sprint at the Tour de Ski in Davos, Switzerland, a result that vaulted him into fourth place in the overall  World Cup standings but unfortunately, the next day he dropped out of the Tour due to illness.

The Alaska Athlete of the Week is selected by a panel each Monday.

Have a candidate in mind? Email us your nomination: info@alaskasportshall.org.

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Alaska Airlines | Nicole Johnston | Richard Mize | Advanced Diagnostics, INC | Aktive Soles | Alaska Oil and Gas Association | Aspen Endodontics | Black-Smith, Bethard & Carlson, LLC. | BOSCO's | Coho Financial Group | Continental Auto Group | Don Clary & Judy Besh | Glen Bailey | Invisalign-Ben Ward | JL Properties | Joey Caterinichio & Ja Dorris| Kathleen Navarre | Midas Alaska | Moose's Tooth, Bear Tooth and Broken Tooth Brewing | Perkins Coie - Sarah & A.J. Schirack | R&M Consultants, Inc. | RE/MAX Dynamic Properties Kevin Taylor | Residential Mortgage | Seth Wickersham & Alison Overholt | Taylored Restoration | Korndrop Family Foundation | Arctic Slope Regional Corporation | Replacement Glass | Zareena and Allen Clendaniel | Foley & Pearson | UAA Seawolves | Tony and Carla Slaton Barker | Sportclips Haircuts | Alliance for Support of American Legion Baseball in Alaska | Alice & Gunnar Knapp | Amy and Jason Miller | Burgerfi | Charles Fedullo | Dan Rufner | Darren Lieb | Don Winchester | Donley Family | Dr. Justin Libby, DDS | Firetap | Harlow Robinson | Jason & Shannon Metrokin | Jim & Michelle Hajdukovich | Joe Alston | Kathie Bethard | Krispy Kreme | Kristopher Knauss | Loren Kroon | Mark and Jamie Johnson | Mark Silverman | On the Border | Pete Robinson | Rick Mystrom | Team Heat | Team Moriarty | The Conway Family | Todd Whited | Moria Smith | In memory of Drs. John & Elizabeth Tower | Peter Pounds | Multisport Training of Alaska/Lisa Keller | RSA Engineering

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