Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

New Norwegian National Team Coach


The Norwegian O' team has a new coach, Anders Garderud. Garderud is an experienced orienteer who also happens to have won a gold medal in the steeplechase at the Montreal Olypmics.

Picking Garderud is an interesting choice by the Norwegian O' Federation. Norway must have a lot of qualified coaches available, yet they turned to Sweden for their new coach. Garderud is best-known as a track and field coach, though he has worked with a number of top orienteers. He coached Annichen Kringstad in the early 1980s when she was dominant. He currently coaches two top Swedish orienteers (Johan Nasman and Fredrick Lowegren). He was also a very strong orienteer. He was on the team that won the Swedish relay champs in 1977 and has a top ten place in the Swedish night O' champs.

Garderud runs for IFK Lidingo, the club I ran for during most of my time in Sweden. I raced against him once. The event was a club versus club competition and Garderud and I ran the same course (he must have been about 45 and I would have been 27). I had a strong run and felt pretty good about my race. A clubmate -- Tjompen -- pointed to a lanky guy in an old O' suit running up the run-in and asked, "do you think you beat that old guy?" I was sure I had. How could I have lost to that old-timer? Turns out I was right. I'd beaten him. But, by only a few seconds.

As an O' coach, the Norwegian job must be a dream. You've got an incredibly strong team and an incredibly strong O' nation. The next WOC is in continental terrain, which might not favor the Scandinavian nations. But, the chances to be successful -- being the top nation at the WOC -- are very strong.

Garderud's philosophy?

I'll speculate about Garderud's training philosophy. I'd say his approach is simple -- do a lot of hard training.

Annichen Kringstad was known for training a lot. She trained much more than her competition.

Lowegren is known for training a lot, also.

Garderud once described his formula for success: 2 x 7 x 52 x 10.

Train two times a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year for ten years. Then you'll be successful.

posted by Michael | 1:05 PM


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