Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Friday, August 18, 2006

M21 U.S. Champs Preview


The US Champs takes place this weekend in Colorado. I'm not going, but I thought I'd give you my favorites in M21...and my pick to win.

The obvious favorites would have to be Mikell Platt, Eric Bone, and Boris Granovskiy.

Mikell is getting old. Heck, he is old. But, he trains a lot. He's a good orienteer. He lives at altitude. The races are around 7,000 or 8,000 feet altitude. So, living at altitude should be useful. If you could gamble on the U.S. M21 O' champs, Mikell would probably be the favorite and wouldn't pay very well.

Eric is another obvious favorite.

Boris is a bit of an outsider. In some ways, he trains better for orienteering than any other American. Living in Uppsala helps. He's coming of the WOC where, I suspect, he might be feeling like he didn't show his best. Of all the competitors, Boris might be the most likely, however, to be feeling the effort of a long, tough season (and a good bit of travel on top of it).

James Scarborough would be a good outside pick. He lives in Colorado -- does that give him a home field advantage? It might. He seems to be in decent shape. James is a bit off the radar. He doesn't log his training on Attackpoint. He doesn't travel to loads of A-meets. A gambler might get good odds on James.

My pick? Mark "Mook" Everett to win! Not only is Mook my clubmate, he's also been training pretty well the last couple of months. He raced well earlier this week, including winning the M21 night champs.

posted by Michael | 9:34 PM


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