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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Moving from JWOC teams to WOC teams


How many different people have run Junior WOCs from 1999 through 2007?
How many of those people have gone on to run WOCs?

Those are two questions I looked at for the U.S. about a month ago. This morning, while sipping a cup of coffee and watching it rain outside, I decided to answer those two questions for Norway and Sweden.

Sweden first.

35 different men and 29 different women have represented Sweden at JWOCs for the period 1999-2007. Of those 64 people, 5 have gone on to run WOCs for Sweden.

What about Norway?

Remarkably similar numbers - 35 different men and 30 different women have represented Norway at JWOCs for the period 1999-2007. Of those 65 people, 10 have gone on to run WOCs for Norway.

Of course, over the next few years, some of those JWOC runners will go on to run WOCs. In particular, it is really too soon to expect people who ran JWOCs after 2003 to have made WOC teams.

When I looked at JWOC and WOC teams for the U.S., I also looked at the gap between the first time someone ran a JWOC to the first time they ran a WOC. For runners from Sweden and Norway, here are the number of years between a first JWOC and a first WOC: 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, and 6.

What, if anything, should be made of this? I don't know. Maybe that the move from top junior to top senior is big. Maybe that Norway has better younger runners. Maybe that Norway has a WOC selection philosophy that somewhat favors younger runners.

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posted by Michael | 7:13 PM


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