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Iditarod 2012: Aliy Zirkle arrives in Nome

Aliy Zirkle arrives in Nome at the end of the 2012 Iditarod

Dallas Seavey, the youngest Iditarod champ in history, didn’t beat veteran musher Aliy Zirkle from Two Rivers, by much. But it was enough.

Zirkle, the first and only woman to win the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has long been tagged as the next great woman of the Iditarod, following on the dogsled runners of Libby Riddles, the first woman to win in 1985, and the late Susan Butcher.

Zirkle had led much of the race but by the time mushers reached White Mountain late Monday night, she knew she could not catch Seavey.

When asked by Iditarod veterinarians if anything was wrong with her dogs, she replied, "they're not fast enough."