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Sarah Palin 2016: 7 Highlights from Pre-Politics Life of GOP Presidential Hopeful

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 06:32 PM

Before Sarah Palin became the governor of Alaska, a vice presidential nominee, and the host of her own reality TV show called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” Palin was a beauty queen from a small Alaskan town who grew up hunting and ice fishing who later worked as a sports reporter.

With speculation about whether Palin will make her own bid for the White House in 2016, here’s a look at seven highlights from Sarah Palin’s life before politics made this controversial politician a household name in America.

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1. Palin was born in Idaho in 1964. However, her family moved to Alaska when she was just a few months old after her father took a teaching and coaching job there. The family bounced around to a couple different towns before settling in Wasilla, a suburb of Anchorage, in 1972. Palin grew up ice fishing and moose hunting, and she developed a passionate support for gun rights.

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Palin was captain of her high school basketball team during her senior year. She helped her team win the state championship in 1982 by nailing a free-throw shot in the final seconds of the game, earning her the nickname “Sarah Barracuda.” She also headed up her school’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, leading the team in prayer before games.

3. In 1984, Palin entered a local beauty pageant with college scholarship money on the line. The 20-year-old won the titles of “Miss Wasilla” and “Miss Congeniality,” using her junior high training on the flute during the talent portion of the contest. She followed that win with a second-place finish in the Miss Alaska competition.

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Palin attended five different colleges from 1982 to 1987. She started her journey in Hawaii, switching schools twice there. Then she headed to her native Idaho, also enrolling in two different schools. After one semester at a school back in Alaska, Palin returned to graduate in 1987 from the University of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

5. After graduation, Palin held jobs in Anchorage as a sportscaster for KTUU, an NBC affiliate, and KTVA, a CBS affiliate. She was also a sports reporter for her hometown newspaper, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman. Palin told the Anchorage Daily News that it was her childhood dream to be a sportscaster.

6. Palin eloped in 1988 with her high school sweetheart, Todd. They were married in the local courthouse and had their first of five children the next year.

7. Palin spent several years raising her children and helping with her husband’s fishing business. (Todd Palin is a commercial fisherman and oil field production supervisor for BP.) Palin launched her political career when she was elected to the Wasilla City Council in 1992. She later served as Wasilla mayor for two three-year terms.

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Before Sarah Palin became the governor of Alaska and then a vice presidential nominee, she was a beauty queen from a small town who grew up hunting and ice fishing. With speculation surrounding her own bid for the White House in 2016, here’s a look at seven highlights from her life before politics.
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