It all started with a joke. In the spring of 1996 the mountain climbers Teodors Kirsis and Imants Zauls approached Motorola Business Manager Juris Ulmanis and asked him if Motorola would sponsor their next climb up Mount McKinley in Alaska. As a joke Ulmanis, who had always been fascinated by explorers, asked if he could come along. The joke ended when the climbers agreed.A Latvian American from the Bronx, Ulmanis is no amateur athlete. He has competed in more than half a dozen marathons and triathlons, but even the best athletes don't start climbing mountains with the 6,194 meter high McKi...
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