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Dispatches : Jul 2012

A New Portrait Book on the Dogs of the Iditarod

RingAFingRing A Fing. Photo: Albert Lewis

When Albert Lewis saw the faces of the dogs waiting to start the 2012 Iditarod in Anchorage, Alaska, his thoughts about the sport of dogsledding shifted. “I was a pessimist about the race, about the treatment of dogs, about the sport as a whole,” says Lewis. “This all changed as I witnessed the start.”

The dogs, which lined up in teams of up to 16, were about to run 975 miles through freezing temperatures, across two mountain ranges, for anywhere from eight to more than 20 days. “These dogs were comfortable in the 10 degree weather,” he says. “Their breeding and physical make-up allowed them to ignore the cold that was biting at my toes and fingers.”

Lewis has photographed campaigns for everyone from The North Face to Land's End, but at that moment he decided on his next personal project. “I was going to make a book to share and display their beauty and their happiness,” he says.

Since then, he's driven more than 4,800 miles to 30 kennels to photograph 300 dogs. Currently, he's raising money through Kickstarter to help finish the book, Born to Run: Athletes of the Iditarod. I emailed him to find out a bit more about the project.

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Torres Misses Out on Sixth Olympics

American swimmer Dara Torres narrowly missed out on her sixth Olympic Games after finishing fourth in the 50-meter freestyle Monday night by nine-hundredths of a second. Torres, 45, won three silver medals at the Beijing Olympics and is tied with Jenny Thompson as the most winning U.S. female swimmer. She is the first American to swim in five Olympics and also the oldest female to ever swim at the Games. Torres had pinned her London hopes on the 50-meter freestyle after undergoing knee surgery. "This is really over," Torres said. "That's it, I'm going to enjoy some time with my daughter, have a nice summer and cheer on the U.S. team."

Read more at The Boston Herald

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French Runner Assaults Young Mascot

French Olympic runner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad assaulted a 14-year-old girl in a mascot costume after winning the European Athletic Championships' 3,000-meter steeplechase in Helsinki on Friday. After crossing the line, the Algerian-born Benabbad slapped a gift bag from “Appy” the mascot's hand and shoved her with both hands. The girl recovered quickly, but the European Athletics Association has not ruled out the possibility of reprimanding Benabbad. In 2010, after winning the same race, Benabbad told a mascot to kneel in front of him before knocking him to the ground. Benabbad was also suspended for 10 months in July 2011 after fighting his teammate Mehdi Baala at the finish line of the 1,500-meter at the Monaco Diamond League games.

Read more at ABC News

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