Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Friday, July 03, 2009

What ever happened to Doug Hollowell?


When I started orienteering, Doug Hollowell won everything in our age group. He won the US Champs in M19-20 in 1982 and 1983. He won the US Champs in younger age groups in 1980 and 1981. Back in the day, if you had to pick someone who you would have figured to win a few M21 Champs and be on several WOC teams, you'd have picked Doug. But he didn't win any M21 Champs and didn't go to any WOCs.

I looked at some old results for US juniors. But not JWOC results, instead I looked at US Championship results. I looked at the M19-20 and F19-20 winners (except for pre 1988, when the women's junior categories ended at age 19).

Of course, there are plenty of names of orienteers who are still active and have had good results as seniors. But there are also plenty of names of people who you don't see very much of. I guess that's the nature of juniors, especially when the U.S. doesn't have a strong system for helping people bridge that gap between junior and senior levels (as far as I know).

It is interesting to see how few people have won both a top junior US Championship and a senior US Championship. I counted just 4 (might have missed someone).

It might be interesting to look at the junior champs results for some other nations. That'll have to wait for another day.

By the way, the last I heard, Doug was living in the south (maybe Atlanta?) and has a couple of kids.

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posted by Michael | 9:11 AM


For GBR i think the only one to 'do the double' is Jamie Stevenson.
How about Yvette Hague?

Yvette is now living in NZ.

If Doug has a brother called Tom, then he is living in Sweden and is Manager of O'Ringen - the Swedish 5-days.
I mean, did Yvette win both a junior and an F21 national championship? Seems likely.

And yeah, Tom and Doug are brothers.
Hello! We have plenty of these stories in Finland. Most of them derive from injuries after a successful junior career. Mikko Lepo (former junior World Champion back in 90´s) could be the best example. I think he did he's best when attempting to run well in M21 but just couldn't because of the injuries. In the girls class we have uncountable number of situations when a highly skilled junior girl orienteer just doesn't make it in the women's class. Fortunately we have also these Minna Kauppi-runners which do well both in juniors and seniors ;-). Thanks for the good article again!
Wow, I was very surprised when my daughter showed me this blog post she found today when she was researching our family name for a school project. This post is pretty old so I don't know if this comment will be seen by anyone... Anyway, I pretty much dropped out of the sport at the transition from junior to senior. For me the reasons were financial and the lack of availability of local meets. I got married in 1985 and moved to Virginia for grad school. Once I was living on my own nickel, travel to A meets dropped on the priority list and local meets generally required more travel than could be justified for a one day meet. Once you get out of the habit and other interests fill the void, it's hard to get back to it. For me easy access to local meets probably would have kept me involved. I remain an avid runner and enjoy racing but these days family obligations always seem to prevent attendance at local orienteering meets even though we now live in Atlanta where local meets are very available. In a bit of irony, just today my wife and I discussed taking a family weekend to attend the GA Navigator Cup A Meet in January. That would be my first A meet in over 10 years.
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