Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A couple of Sprint WOC notes


Another day, another comparison of the U.S. results against peer nations.

Today, I compared the sprint qualifying races in Denmark with the 2005 WOC in Japan. And the U.S. had a much better day today. Against peer nations in Denmark, the U.S. had 14 wins and 16 losses (46.7 winning percent). In Japan, the U.S. went 5 and 12 (29.4 winning percent). It is worth noting that in both Japan and Denmark, the U.S. did relatively well in the sprints compared to the other distances. Not a surprise.

Congrats to Hanny Alston

Hanny Alston's win was really cool. She was clearly in great form at the Oringen super elite races. In three Oringen races (running for Savedalens AIK) she finished 4th, 3rd and 7th. Her best place was in the sprint race (though her other results are just as impressive in my view).

Alston is just 20. To win a WOC as a junior is a remarkable achievement. I'm not sure it has ever been done before (I think Rostrup was 21 when he won in 1999).

Comment about Taavi

The comment function on this page seems to be acting screwy (everytime I've tried to post a comment today it has been rejected as spam). So, I'll answer a question from yesterday's post...Taavi is Estonian. He lives in Missouri. He's from a serious O' family (his sister is running on the Estonian WOC team right now).

I'm hoping to figure out how to fix the comment function. It might be time to move to a new system.

posted by Michael | 8:53 PM


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