Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, November 16, 2002

Where will the US select the WOC team?


The US Team's egroup is full of discussion about where to have the selection races for the WOC in Switzerland. This is one of those topics that I find interesting and have written about before. If you're a frequent reader of this page, you'll know that I'm especially interested in the difficulty of selecting a team for a WOC that will use very different terrains for the different disciplines.

Right now, the debate is mainly about whether to have the selections in NY or at Lake Tahoe.

The US Team is an especially poorly structured organization for making decisions like this. It'll be interesting to see what the final decision is.

My own opinion is that NY is a much better place to host the selections. I won't go into all the reasons, but one that I think is especially important is that Lake Tahoe is at altitude (I think the terrain ranges from about 6,500 to almost 8,000 feet). Having selection races at altitude seems strange to me because the WOC isn't at altitude. Given the well known and well documented effects of altitude on running, it really does seem wierd (to me any ways).

I'll be interested to see what the decision is.

posted by Michael | 5:14 PM


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