In 2000, the 37-year-old mother and wife from Anchorage went from jogging on her treadmill to running the women’s marathon for the United States at the Sydney Olympics.
She got there with a stunning victory in the Olympic Trials.
As a coach at the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, Brooks surprised many by qualifying for the 2010 Olympics.
She followed up by also competing in the 2014 games. national championships, including two victories before she retired in 2016.
The first Alaskan to play Olympic hockey, she won a bronze medal with Team USA as a goaltender at the 2006 Games in Italy. Dunlap, who grew up in Fairbanks, became an NBA head coach with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2012-13 after serving as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets from 2006 to 2008.At 6-foot-4 and 400 pounds, Big Bob from Barrow was larger than life in Native Games.During a 26-year career, the self-dubbed “World’s Largest Eskimo” dominated strength events at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics, winning many ulus in the Indian and Eskimo stick pulls and the four-man carry.Clark sliced more than seven minutes off her previous best to win the 26.2-mile trials race in 2 hours, 33 minutes, 31 seconds, two minutes ahead of anyone else.She earned the country’s only Olympic bid to Sydney, where she finished 19th in a field of 54 in a personal-best .