Joar Ulsom of Norway - a new addition to Team Momentum
Welcome Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway to Team Momentum!
Joar Leifseth Ulsom was born in Mo i Rana, Norway just below the Arctic Circle, but today he lives in Willow, Alaska.
Joar came to Alaska with his team of sled dogs from Norway in 2011.
He ran his first 1000-mile race that winter finishing 6th in the 2012 Yukon Quest. Joar & Co. then took the titles of both the 2012 Chukotka Sprint Championship and the 2012 Nadezhda Hope race in Russia—considered the toughest sled dog race outside North America. Joar set new race records and was the first non-native to win in 20 years. He won his second Nadezhda Hope Championship in 2014.
A Rookie in the 2013 Iditarod, Joar was awarded the Jerry Austin Rookie of the Year Award, setting a new record for the race, finishing with the fastest time ever by a Rookie, while placing 7th. This was followed by a 4th place finish in the brutal 2014 race, along with 6th place finishes in both 2015 and 2016. Only one other musher – legendary Emmitt Peters – has ever accomplished four top-ten finishes in just four Iditarod starts. Joar is the fifth fastest musher in Iditarod history and holds the fastest record as well as the most top-ten finishes of any non-American Iditarod musher today.
We are proud to have Joar become part of Team Momentum and look forward to his upcoming race season and beyond. He takes great care of his huskies and exemplifies what Team Momentum is all about.