Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First notes on watching Norwegian TV WOC coverage


I've watched about half of the Norwegian TV coverage of the World Champs. Five thoughts:

1. This was the best orienteering coverage that I've seen.

2. I liked the use of pre-recorded interviews. The coverage included a segment on university student orienteers in Trondheim and an interview with Francios Gonon about training in Trondheim. Both were interesting.

3. I liked the use of live interviews. It was cool to see Egil Johansson talking about the old days, when the WOC participants didn't know exactly where the race would take place (compared to the current WOCs where people have existing orienteering maps to study).

4. Having Elise Egseth and Anne Margrethe Hausken on camera while they followed Marianne Andersen on the final leg was cool. The excitment and nervousness was palpable.

5. GSP tracking has come a long way since the early days. The coverage made great use of it. It'll be interesting to see what develops in the next ten years.

6. A bonus, 6th, comment....with the combination of GPS tracking and more cameras in the forest (which must be getting cheaper and easier), it would be possible to have great coverage without sacrificing course setting.

I've still got a couple of hours worth of coverage to watch. I'm looking forward to it.

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posted by Michael | 8:44 PM


Agree; I think Orienteering has great potential as TV-sport. Not so interesting as "arena-sport".
Alas, I think that the sacrifice in point 6 has already been made... Not exactly the best terrain and planning in WOC2010 for the finals.
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