Club History—1932 Olympics

Elimination for Olympics at Wonalancet

(This article was published 1974 in the 50th Anniversary club booklet)

20 New England Teams to Race for Chance in Olympics at Lake Placid—PLANS LAID TO MAKE RACE BEST EVENT OF SEASON

If present plans mature, Sunday, January 31, will be a big day at Wonalancet. On that day the Olympic sled dog elimination races will be held and about twenty teams will compete. The winning teams will represent New England at Lake Placid on Feb. 6-7 when they will meet teams from Canada and the north west states. The elimination races will attract many people to Wonalancet on that day. The state Highway Department will make a special effort to see that the road is well plowed ant the Motor Vehicle Department will send officers to handle the traffic. The Boston and Maine Railroad has extended a special round trip rate from Boston to Mount Whittier of $2.75 on that day and it is planned to have a fleet of trucks transport the people from the train to Wonalancet and then back to the train again. A real cold fashioned barbecue will be served to feed the crowd. Many notables will be present, including Governor Winant, several of Admiral Byrd’s sled dog drivers and ski experts. If the weather man is kind and furnishes suitable snow, the elimination races should prove to be one of the high points of the winter season in the north country. Next week a full and detailed account of the program will be published.

(Source: The Carroll County Independent, January 22, 1932)

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Emile St. Goddard, winner of the Lake Placid Olympics Demonstration race.

The New England Sled Dog Club had 20 entries for the Olympic Tryouts. All members of the New England Sled Dog Club were allowed to enter, but the rules stated that they must hold a record of a minimum elapsed time of two years standing in a three day championship race; together with a 60% racing record annually. Three judges with split second watches were appointed. The race of three days started from Wonalancet Farm over Lower Mountain Pass to McCrilles Trail to Whiteface Intervale, through Sandwich Covered Bridge onto Brown Circuit Road and return—a total of twenty-five miles.

The first two places were to enter the Olympics at Lake Placid in February, 1932. The Chinook Kennel Team #1 placed first in the tryouts, and the Mosely Taylor #1 team placed second. Through the Olympic Committee, Mrs. Milton Seeley, paying her own expenses raced her Alaskan Malamute team in the Lake Placid Olympic Demonstration.

THE 1932 OLYMPICS DEMONSTRATION RACE RESULTS

(courtesy of Bob L.)

The race took place February 6 and 7. Contestants started at three minute intervals. The trail was 25.1 miles long. The governing bodies were the New England Sled Dog Club, Inc (President – Moseley Taylor, Boston) and the Demonstration Dog Derby Committee.


Video of the 1932 Winter Olympics Sled Dog Competition, courtesy of John Shields, Saranac Lake, NY (6.7MB, MPG4 format)

Results

Driver

Country

Owner

1st Race

(hh:mm:ss)

2nd Race

(hh:mm:ss)

Total

St Goddard Canada St Goddard 2:12:05 2:11:07.5 4:23:12.5
Seppala US Seppala 2:13:34.3 2:17:27.5 4:31:01.8
Russick Canada Russick 2:26:22.4 2:21:22.2 4:47:44.6
Wheeler Canada Wheeler 2:33:19.1 2:29:35 5:02:54.1
Haines US Taylor 2:34:36 2:31:31.3 5:06:27.3
Pouliot Canada Marquis 2:53:14.3 2:52:21.5 5:45:35.8
Defalco Canada Defalco 2:53:49.5 2:55:50.1 5:49:39.6
Belknap US Belknap 2:57:14 2:57:08.5 5:54:22.5
Murphy US McIlhenny, Jr 2:42:49.4 3:15:24.1 5:58:13.5
Sears US d’Avignon 3:00:21.7 3:01:49.5 6:02:11.2
Vaughan US Seeley (Mrs) 3:24:10 3:49:46 7:13:56
Seeley (Mrs) US Seeley (Mrs) 3:28:01.7 3:46:45 7:14:46.7

NESDC History

Articles Commemorating 50 years
of the New England Sled Dog Club

Formation of NESDC
Lady Mushers of the Past
1932 Olympics
Dick Moulton

NESDC

I hope this message finds you all feeling rested and relaxed after a great weekend of Dryland sled dog racing I want to thank you all for coming out to a very successful Ethan Howard Memorial rig race benefiting the veterans of Liberty house in Manchester. For every dollar raised for Liberty house translates to $20 at the food bank which means the $415 we raised turns into $8,300 at the food bank we are very happy and proud to do this for the men that have given up so much for us. We also collected lots of blankets non-perishable food items Sox and other daily essentials for our vets. I would like to thank Manchester Water Works and John O'Neill the Forester for helping us get this race on if it weren't for them we wouldn't have a place to race. I'd also like to thank Tom DiMaggio for Always setting up a great Trail and Sandy DiMaggio for letting us use your car as a time in car, last minute because that is definitely one thing I forgot to get. Thanks to Dawn Roberts and Nova Clifford for coming out and helping me and Tom set up Trail on a very very windy and cold Friday. I also want to than Anita Wischinski,Rainer Wischinski Ron stortz Nancy stortz, and Heidi Stortz for great job with feeding everyone even when the grills froze ! Ron's chili Heidi and Nancy bread and cookies and Anita's chocolate marzipan cake were to die for . I'd also like to thank Ingo for doing a great job timing (not an easy job), and Gretchen Karlson for being an awesome chief judge and Kelly McGrath for making sure all our bills are paid and Laura Hayes for registering everyone she has a tough job I want to take the time to welcome our new vice president Mike Green and our second vice president Rachel colbath and thank you for for stepping into a tough job and also want to welcome Gretchen Karlson and Doug Butler to the board of directors. Lastly I would like to thank Danae Bryar and crew for helping out with supplies along with Jacqueline
McCreedy making sure everything got set up every morning and broken down every night, and Esa for jumping in to help too. If I forgot anyone I'm sorry it's lack of sleep. Again thanks to all for coming out and making it a great weekend.
Happy trails to all sincerely Meg Mizzoni president New England Sled Dog Club. (Aka Fled Dog club)😁😁 lol.
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