Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Friday, July 20, 2007
More easy orienteering neededEasy orienteering to make better orienteers? From an article that showed up on Halden SK's web page, I came across some very interesting ideas. Here is one of them:
I [Jens Erik Mjolnerod] discussed something with Emil Wingstedt a few weeks ago, namely that it is extremely difficult for somewhat older juniors to get into orienteering. The orienteering technique demands are just too high. Even if they could be very strong physically, for example as former skiers or runners. The Scandinavian terrain is very technically demanding, while continental terrain is easier for someone to handle if they are strong runners but weak technically. So, the conclusion is that we should have competitions where people who are strong runners but "weak" navigators can compete against the best. That would allow for a natural development at the top levels, even for those a little older.
The idea is that technically demanding orienteering - which experienced orienteers usually prefer - is too discouraging for orienteers with less experience. In Norway, they might be losing potentially good senior-level orienteers because they don't start when they are young enough. But in continental European terrain people who are good runners, but who haven't yet developed good technique, can be more competitive and don't get discouraged.
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