Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, July 05, 2010

Watched all 4 videos from Nordic O' Tour...


I finished watching all of the Nordic Orienteering Tour videos today. A few general comments...

To make good TV, orienteering needs to show more going on and less shots of the forest or the town (for the sprint in Stockholm). I guess that's obvious. The problem is that showing more action takes more cameras. More cameras make the production more expensive.

What's the easiest way to make the broadcasts more interesting? I think including some interviews with the orienteers. I think it'd be inexpensive to interview a bunch of the top runners in advance, edit those interviews down to short clips, and then play the clips back during the broadcast when the action wasn't on the screen.

Check out the WorldofO article and comments for some interesting impressions.

The race in Stockholm was most disappointing. Maybe I was disappointed because my expectations were high. Or maybe it was just not so interesting.

The race in Norway was the most interesting. Maybe that's because the Norwegian broadcasters are prepping for the world champs broadcasts.

Jerker Lysell looks light on his feet. I hope he gets selected for the WOC team as it is always fun to see new names and young runners (Jerker is 21, I think). In English, Jerker is a strange sounding name....

Maja Alm is another runner who will be fun to follow. Like Jerker, she's young.

I like to see expirements with different formats. I think the most successful experiment for a TV broadcast is the chase start format with good GPS tracking. It helps when the runners start orienteering poorly. It makes it more exciting.

For a U.S. audience, the way to make orienteering work as a TV sport is to shoot a lot of video during an event, shoot a bunch of interviews of the runners, then edit the whole thing down to 30 minutes and tell a story. That's what they do with events like the Ironman and it makes pretty good TV.

Watch Simone Niggli when she crosses the finish line of a race. Count how many seconds it takes before she starts looking at her map. It is interesting.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 4:02 PM


Yes, Jerker Lysell was selected for WOC (probably only the Sprint) as was Beata Falk - both are 21.
That's great. It is always fun to see new names and young runners at the World Champs.

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