Friday, March 11, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...



1. Regularity and consistency were successful ingredients adopted by the Swedish Erik Rost and Tove Alexandersson towards the victory in the Ski Orienteering World Cup 2015-2016. Erik Rost won with 350 points, corresponding to three wins, two third places and two fourth. The two other major starts of the season, the Norwegian Lars Moholdt and the Russian Eduard Khrennikov, finished in the immediate positions, at 4 and 25 points, respectively, to the winner. Five wins and two second places allowed to Tove Alexandersson the achievement of 400 points and the victory in the Women's World Cup with a twenty-point lead on the Russian Mariya Kechkina. The Russian Tatyana Oborina finished in the third position with 271 points. Sweden was also the big winner of the Nations World Cup. Intended to crown the best national team over the entire season, the Nations World Cup is calculated by counting the three best athletes World Cup points in each individual competition for both men and women, and adding to this points scored for the best 2 teams per nation in sprint relays, and the best team per nation in relay competitions. Russia, second, and Finland, third, took the immediate positions.


2. In the very end of the SkiO season 2016, we'll have the North American and US Championship races to be held at Presque Isle, Maine, from today to next Sunday. While the elite races will be at the highest competitive level and World Ranking Events, all age groups and classes will enjoy appropriately challenging courses. The Presque Isle trails are fun to ski, and special narrow trails have been cut and groomed for advanced courses. Even those with minimal ski orienteering experience can enjoy the mini-sprints around the arena complex all weekend. The M/F21 WRE races will be the primary selection races for the US SkiO Team headed to Russia in March 2017. Click HERE to access all details on the event webpage.


3. Spring is the season and Denmark is the country. From 18th to 20th March 2016, Helsingør and Gribskov are ready to host the “Spring premiere with an international touch!” Danish Spring is a World Ranking Event as well as Danish Junior and Senior Ranking Events. Equally, the terrains are highly relevant for World Masters Orienteering Championships 2018. This means that Danish Spring is attractive for runners at all ages from around the world – you can even get a chance to compete against the Danish World Champions from 2015! The events' programme is composed by three individual competitions: Sprint, Friday, 18th March; Middle Distance, Saturday, 19th March and Long Distance, Sunday, 20th March 2016. The organizers claim that “Danish Spring is growing. Last year more than 900 runners attended, and we look forward to welcoming all of you and other international orienteers again. Please share the happy word of DANISH SPRING with your club mates and friends. Come and enjoy the Danish spring time!” Get all the news and info on the event's website, at http://www.danishspring.dk/.


4. After a brief period of illness, Heinz Tschudin passed peacefully on February 18, 2016. President of the IOF from 1988 – 1994, Tschudin met orienteering as a scout, rose to become a member of the Swiss national orienteering squad. He was a founding member of the Swiss Orienteering Federation in 1978 and undertook many responsibilities within the Swiss Federation. He became the President of the Permanent Technical Committee of CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire) and Honorary Member of both the Swiss Orienteering Federation and the International Orienteering Federation. Heinz was elected to the position of IOF Vice President in 1982, a position he held until his election as President in 1988. As well as being a visionary leader, Heinz was first and foremost an orienteer. Heinz openly professed his love of the sport of orienteering. Heinz’ support for the IOF was endless. He was present at both WOC and Congress from the early days of the IOF until 2014. He was completely committed to expanding orienteering to all corners of the globe. In 1994, as Heinz stepped down from the IOF Presidency, then IOF Council Member, John Pearson, wrote: “During Heinz’ Presidency the IOF has become a more professional organisation. Heinz Tschudin, calm, modest and smiling has been indisputably in charge. Thank you, Heinz.”

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Joaquim Margarido

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