Iditapod: A new Norwegian champ, and the runner-up reflects

Joar Leifseth Ulsom in Nome early Wednesday after winning the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, his first championship. (Lia Nydes/KNOM photo)

The Iditarod has crowned a new Norwegian champion: Joar Leifseth Ulsom. The 31-year-old pulled under Nome’s Burled Arch at 3 a.m. Wednesday with eight dogs in harness to claim his first championship, taking the win in Iditarod 46. Ulsom is the first Norwegian musher to win the thousand-mile sled dog race since Robert Sørlie in 2005. Girdwood’s Nicolas Petit arrived a little over two hours later, and he spoke to reporters about how his race went and where it went wrong.