After finishing a dessert of bittersweet chocolate crepes and a cheese plate with pear poached in port, Buser received his “after dinner mint” – the pile of $1 bills. Buser, a four-time Iditarod champion, was also first to reach the tent checkpoint of Eagle Island on the frozen Yukon River, arriving at 6:30a.m. Saturday, followed 80minutes later by defending champion and four-time winner Jeff King. Speedskating: Germany’s Jenny Wolf set a world record in the women’s 500 meters and American Shani Davis won the men’s 1,000 at the World Single Distances Championships in Kearns, Utah. Wolf’s time of 37.04 bested the previous mark of 37.22, set in 2001 by Canada’s Catriona LeMay Doan. Wolf followed Davis’ victory in the 1,000, the first for an American skater during the four-day championships. For reaching the Yukon River first in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Buser was awarded the meal prepared by Millennium Alaskan Hotel chef Mick Hug and presented with a gold pan filled with $3,500 in $1bills. “I don’t know if I’ve ever had ostrich before,” Buser said when a plate of seared ostrich medallions, prawns and scallops with pancetta and pomegranate mustard, prepared on a three-burner cook stove, was set down before him. Martin Buser took several sips of Dom Perignon champagne and looked down at the large gold pan piled high with money before him. “Pretty awesome,” he said, as people crowded around in the community hall Friday in Anvik, Alaska, where a gourmet chef from Anchorage, wearing a lynx hat, prepared a seven-course meal. Davis, the Olympic gold medalist in the 1,000 last year, finished with a time of 1:07.28. World Cup skiing: Julia Mancuso slipped to second in the overall World Cup standings after Tanja Poutiainen won a giant slalom race and Nicole Hosp finished second in Zweisel, Germany. Hosp moved 19 points ahead of Mancuso in the standings. Didier Cuche of Switzerland won the next-to-last World Cup downhill of the season in Kvitfjell, Norway, to clinch his first discipline title in the event. American Bode Miller, a former overall champion, was 15th. Also: Ole Einar Bjorndalen shot clean and won the 12.5-kilometer pursuit race in Oslo, Norway, for his record 73rd World Cup biathlon victory. … Steve Fisher led a U.S. medals sweep at the World Cup halfpipe snowboard competition in Wilmington, N.Y., while Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler won the women’s event. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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