Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Orienteering on TV


I sat down in front of the TV a few minutes ago to watch the Swedish daily sports news. I knew today's stage at the Tour De France was tough and I wanted to see how it had gone. They showed a few highlights from the stage, maybe 3 minutes in total. And then they had orienteering!

The orienteering news was a short profile of Peo Bengtsson. Bengtsson was involved in developing ORingen 5-Days and making trips all around the world to spread the word about orienteering. The coverage included a bit of an interview, lots of video of Bengtsson wandering around in the woods setting a course, and some vintage video of an event from about 30 years ago.

I didn't time it, but I'd guess orienteering got more coverage tonight than the Tour De France did. Cool.


Update - I just went over to the Swedish TV web page figuring I might find a video of the story about Peo Bengtsson. It looks like it hasn't yet been posted, but probably will eventually. But I did find something interesting and unexpected - a photo from Naadam, the biggest sporting event in all of Mongolia. Check out the photo below (photography by Ng Han Guan/Scanpix).

posted by Michael | 3:22 PM


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