Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Gunilla wins!!


The day after I wrote a few words from Gunilla, she won the European Champs at the middle distance. Coincidence?

Here is a bit of what the Swedish O' Federation reported:

The women's race had surprises. Simone Lude (7th), Hanne Staff (9th) and Vroni König-Salmi (5th) all had to many booms. So the podium looked a bit unusual. There aren't many who would have predicted the trio of Svärd-Wolf-Husebye to take the top three places.

"It was a bit surprising. It was very easy running and a fairly easy course. But, that is always what you think when it goes well," said Gunilla.

The key to her success, according to Gunilla, was her win at the Swedish Champs.

"That gave me the self confidence I needed before the travel here. That, and Marita Skogum's [national team coach] support when it wasn't going so well in the spring and summer."

Here is a snapshot of the new European Champ, and her daughter Lina, after a rainy training session last summer.

Mikael Mamleev, from Russia, won the men's race. Stanislaw Rachitskiy -- who has done some coaching for the U.S. team and lives in Ohio, I think -- coached Mamleev some years ago. Here is a snapshot of Mamleev and Stanislaw at the WOC last summer.

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