Charlotte is a 16 year old exchange student from Austria who is hosted by a mushing family here in Wallowa County. She came here with a fear of dogs but has been persuaded to try her hand at mushing. Her family at home in Austria includes her parents, Claudia, Josef, and my siblings Katharina, Isabella, Elias, and her host family: Renee, Craig, and my mushing teacher Morgan.
She enjoys reading, running dogs with her sister, shopping, and make-up.
Her Sponsors include her "my wonderful host family and Jereld Rice for lending me dogs."
Christina's interest in mushing started when she was just four years old, after watching the movie Balto. Then and there she decided she was going to run, and win, the Iditraod Trail Sled Dog Race. Her mom thought it was just a phase and that she would soon move on to something else. Her mom was definitely wrong! Christina was 13 years old before she was allowed to get her first dog, and her team has continued to grow!
The Iditarod is still a long term goal for Christina, but for now she has her sights on numerous 100 to 300 mile races in the US.
One of Christina's favorite quotes is by Bethany Hamilton: "Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you."