British musher Vickie Pullin and dream sled dog team close to fetching world glory Yahoo Sport UK

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By Rachel Steinberg

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Vickie Pullin’s four-dog team Rio, Maverick Luka and Luna, at the 2018 Italian snow championships (Massimo Mazzasogni)

A log cabin sits at the heart of the idyllic Gloucestershire property where 12 of Britain’s top sprinters live. There is a hydrotherapy tank next door for resistance training and rehabilitation, and the on-site menu offers performance-ready, protein-packed meals for its clientele.

Most of the elite athletes who live there are huskies, but greysters and hounds are among the 34 dogs who call the place home.

The lone human in the mix, Vickie Pullin, 35, might be the most successful British athlete whose name you’ve never heard.

Pullin was once touted as a potential Team GB snowboarder for the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. A decade later, she’s donning the Union Jack in an entirely different sport: sled dog racing.

The Tewkesbury native is the country’s best female musher. This year, Pullin became the first athlete to claim four British Sleddog Sports Federation (BSSF) championship titles in a single season. She’s staged a meteoric international rise since her first race in 2013 and finally believes she has the experience—and her ‘dream team’ of canine competitors—to become a world champion.

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Pullin once seemed destined for the Olympic slopes

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Bikejoring is one of Pullin’s best events—she finished eighth in the world with Maverick in 2019. (Jackie Burrell)

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Adopting Willow, Pullin’s first dog, marked the beginning of her new dream

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Pullin’s 34 dogs go through a 15kg bag of food every day

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