Elliot Sampson’s Upset Victory

Elliott Sampson’s jaw-dropping victory at the 1981 state cross country championships is the Alaska version of “Hoosiers.” Sampson, an Eskimo from Noorvik who trained in snowshoes on the tundra above the Arctic Circle , came from nowhere — or close to it — to beat the big guns from the big cities that autumn day at Settlers Bay .

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