Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, July 07, 2003

Junior WOC


The first Junior WOC race takes place tomorrow. A few random comments:

The terrain looks interesting. It reminds me a bit of southern Michigan (though I suspect the vegetation is quite different). Check out some sample maps at the JWOC home page. It looks like the sort of terrain where you can set a really interesting course -- with lots of changes in tempo.

A few words from a report on the Swedish O' Federation's home page:

There has been a lot of talk about the undervegetation before this year's JWOC. "Ormbunkar" [whatever that means?] and high grass are covering the ground on large parts of the competition maps.

"We'll check that out the days before the competition. There are probably also a lot of stinging nettles," according to Christin Smedberg...."A late start time will be a clear advantage."

The international controller for the JWOC is Lasse Forsberg..."It will be difficult to get 100 percent fair competitions, but the organizers are working hard to make everything as fair as possible."

John Fredrickson, one of the U.S. juniors at JWOC, spent some time in Estonia recently. His training log gives you an idea of some of what to expect at JWOC. Check out John's comments from the week he was in Estonia.

It is good to see some of the runners from the Texas junior O' camp making the U.S. JWOC Team. Ashley Smith, from near Houston, and Robbie Paddock, from near Dallas, are on the 8 person team. That's good to see.

My predictions for the JWOC? No idea. I don't pay any attention to junior results. The JWOC is probably a very tough race to predict because the competitors are young and the nordic nations probably have a smaller advantage than at senior championships.

What the heck, I've got no basis for a prediction...But I'll go ahead and make a couple of guesses. Give gold medals (not sure which races!) to Anders Tiltnes of Norway and Piret Klade of Estonia.

posted by Michael | 7:17 PM


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