Jamie is a rookie musher in the 2012 Iditarod.

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 Hometown: Willow, AK

Jaimee Kinzer, 29, grew up in Idaho with a fairly regular childhood. But amongst the ins and outs of growing up she always enjoyed mushing. She graduated from Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho in 2001. Like many others, she took off to college in hopes of finding a career. She studied Digital Media at Full Sail Real World Education in Winter Park, Florida and then returned to Idaho where life took a different turn. “I was hit by a drunk driver and spent the next few years in and out of Doctor's offices. I took a job at Albertsons just to help pay the bills. I soon bought a house and put myself back in school. Yet, something still was missing, I just wasn’t happy. That all changed when I received a phone call from DeeDee Jonrowe in October 2008 offering me a job. Two weeks later I was on my way to Willow, Alaska. Ever since then I have been living my dream and couldn’t be happier.” Jaimee has spent two summers working with some of DeeDee’s young dogs on a glacier in Juneau, Alaska, giving tours; then her winters with DeeDee helping to train and race the same dogs she saw being born and worked with on the glacier. ”It is amazing to see what these dogs can do and watch them grow up. Several of the dogs I raised and raced with made DeeDee’s team in 2011 and made it to the finish line. It makes me proud to be a part of these dogs’ lives. I have been falling in love with these amazing animals. I can't wait to travel to Nome with these same dogs I helped raise.” She is a member of Advocates Against Family Violence. She lists her hobbies as hiking, camping, and photography.



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