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Third-place Ramey Smyth: 'I almost didn't get to the start line'

From Kyle Hopkins in Nome --

Willow musher Ramey Smyth is the only racer to finish in the top three of each of the past two Iditarods. A ferocious finisher known for surging on competitors late in the race, he said it's been frustrating to come so close only to return home without a win.

Here's the 2012 third-place finisher on how he plans to leap from runner-up to champion, his retiring lead dog "Scott," and how the cost of running the Iditarod nearly prompted him to drop out this year.

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