As the blizzard overtook Rosebud Summit, the snow was drifting sideways.

During the 2019 Yukon Quest, then-21-year-old musher Apayauq Reitan battled to find the path along with her dog team more than 3,500 feet up in Alaska's inhospitable White Mountains.

Reitan is set to make history as the first trans woman to compete in the Iditarod when she returns to the world of long-distance mushing.

“Being a trans woman is kind of like life on hard mode,” she said.

But she's been there before. She intends to return to Kaktovik to work after the Iditarod and is considering obtaining a degree in Alaska Native studies in the future.

On the one-year anniversary of her coming out to the world, she'll be mushing through the Alaska backcountry, adjusting to whatever the path has in store for her.

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Playing With Pride: Gus Kenworthy Retires From Professional Skiing

Just a few short weeks ago, professional skier Gus Kenworthy finished his final Olympics in Beijing, followed by trips to London and Milan. But now, Kenworthy is looking forward to relaxing after announcing his retirement from professional skiing.

He claims he "might" have been able to compete in another Olympics, but he didn't feel up to another four years of "intense work," and he wanted to go out on top. In the end, he qualified and finished ninth in windy circumstances to conclude his Olympic career.

“As a gay man, I didn’t think that duality could exist of being gay and also being a sports star,” Kenworthy told Pink News. “It’s just a young sport, and it’s a hard sport to do for a long, long time. I’ve had a truly long career — I’ve been doing it professionally for like 14 years, and I’ve been to three Olympics.”


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