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Photos: John Baker’s Championship Finish

photos by David Dodman, Linda Maack and Kelly Brabec

John Baker

Kotzebue's John Baker, your 2011 Iditarod champion.

Baker arrives

A large crowd turned out on Nome's Front Street to greet John Baker, the 2011 Iditarod champion.

Bakers dogs swing left

Baker's dogs took a detour on their jog to the finish line, darting briefly to the left on Front Street.

John Baker

John Baker, moments before his historic, championship finish.

From the spotter vehicle

The view from KNOM's spotter vehicle as John Baker pulled into town.

Baker on the sea ice

John Baker on the frozen Bering Sea: the very last segment of the Iditarod Trail before Nome's Front Street and the finish line.

Laureli

Trail reporter Laureli Kinneen reports on John Baker's championship win, live from under the Burled Arch in Nome.

Talking with Laureli

John Baker, sharing a bit of air time with KNOM's Laureli Kinneen.

Talking with Laureli

John Baker and KNOM's Laureli Kinneen.

Baker, Laureli and the media.

John Baker, KNOM's Laureli Kinneen, and other reporters and camera crews at Tuesday's finish.

Leo Rasmussen

Nome resident and Iditarod volunteer Leo Rasmussen holds Baker's sign-in sheet and mail packet.

Sign in sheet

The official sign-in sheet for the Nome checkpoint (the end of the Iditarod race), plus the "mail" carried in John Baker's sled (each musher carries a packet of envelopes on the trail, symbolic of dog mushing's heritage as, among other things, a means of carrying mail).

1 Comment

  1. Beverly Hoffman on March 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    great job KNOM, really enjoyed your interviews and posted any on our Kuskokwim Mushers to my facebook