Appetite and Attitude: A Conversation with Lance Mackey
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In 2007 Lance Mackey made racing history when he won the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod back-to-back, two 1,000 mile races with most of the same dogs - an incredible feat of endurance, long considered almost impossible.
The next year, 2009, Lance won the Iditarod again, and in 2010 he won for the fourth consecutive time, a historic achievement for the record books!
Lance's indomitable lead dog, Larry, is the only dog in the world to win the coveted Golden Harness Award from both of these grueling races. For his achievements Lance was nominated for a 2007 ESPY - Excellence in Sports Performance Award, and in 2008 he was named Sports Illustrated's #2 Toughest Athlete in the World.
Lance, a cancer survivor, comes from a family of sled dog racing champions. His father Dick Mackey helped create the world's most famous race, the 1,049 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, in 1973. Five years later his father won the race by one second in a world-famous photo finish.
Filmed at his Comeback Kennels near Fairbanks, Alaska, Lance talks about his dogs, his races, his family legacy and his dreams for the future!
A 45 minute video about the world's preeminent long distance sled dog racer - and a true Alaskan legend!
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The producers of this masterful video capture him in a most human way as he expresses his strategy, his great love for the sport and even greater love for his dogs , many of which he raised himself. Lance’s philosophy and the special qualities that make him a champion and a genuine hero come through clearly as he talks in front of a Christmas tree. It’s so real you can almost smell the evergreen spice and taste the coffee or cocoa you sip while you listen. This isn’t the slick commercial TV clips, hitting just the “sexy” and superficial stuff. This is real, as honest and gets, right to the guts and glory of this wonderful sport. Appetite and Attitude is an essential addition to every race fan’s library.
There's an earnestness about Lance Mackey that makes you believe what he's saying whether he's talking about his own troubled youth, his battle with cancer or his love for his dogs. Those who know Mackey know that "what you see is what you get". He's not just a talker who tells a great story, but he's honest and rarely holds back in conversation. Mackey clearly loves what he's doing and it shows.
You'll certainly find plenty to ponder here as Mackey talks about how he rebuilt his life and built his team, but it's the dog talk that is most memorable. Perhaps the stand-out moment of the entire conversation in my mind is his recounting of how Larry, who'd win the Iditarod's Golden Harness in 2007, seemed to know he'd done something special. Mackey is known to take a moment with his team before entering Nome and recounts stopping to tell them all how special they were and all they had done. He's convinced Larry knew exactly what he was saying. Mackey also talks about Larry sort of surveying the crowd at the Burled Arch and taking it all in as if he knew it was his due. As he talks, you can see the faint trace of a smile on Mackey's face as he remembers, too.
This is what "Appetite and Attitude" is about then, Lance Mackey's unrestrained comments on all aspects of his and how the love of dogs has taken him to where he is now. "I love what I'm doing" is a comment you'll hear often from Mackey. while much has happened in his life since this video was made, it still holds true. "Appetite and Attitude" will take you inside his life, introduce you to his dogs and his drive to gain the respect of his peers, and, yes, leave you convinced that he does love what he's doing. Pull up a chair and listen to what Lance Mackey has to say.