Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Gratis Johanna!


Johanna Svensson won Sweden's night champs yesterday. I've followed her results off-and-on since I met her at the Texas Junior Orienteering Camp back in 2002. She's had some very good results (I think she has 2nd place at a Swedish night champs before and won a night champs as a junior).

My memory of running against Johanna in a mass start race was that she was a very good map reader and a decent runner. We were very evenly matched back in 2002. Since then, I'm sure she's improved physically and technically. We chatted briefly at Oringen right after she'd finished one of the days (she was annoyed with a mistake, but looked quite strong). You can read about our hard fight for victory in "Tatyana's Marathon" at the 2002 TJOC.

Check out the video from the Swedish Night Champs with a short interview (in Swedish). A rough translation of what Johanna has to say is:

Usually, I run the same in the day and the night. Today, I ran routes that went more around than I usually do, but I think it worked well in this terrain.

I didn't really make any mistakes, but I got stuck in a green area.

And for something completely different, I came across this training course with Johan Nasman's routes from one of my all time favorite terrains...

posted by Michael | 7:17 PM


Yes, you´re right. Johanna took the silver medal in last year´s Swedish Night O Champs.
Johana is such a sweetie! And has always been a great supporter of US juniors. Robbie usually stays with her on his way to and back to JWOC and she always takes time to train with him and whoever else tags along. Way to go sverd flika!
Johanna is totally hot!
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