Olav Lundanes (Norway) and Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) have been awarded with “The Orienteering Achievement of 2016″ titles in the women’s and men’s class, respectively! The vote has been decided by the big international readership of WorldofO.com – nearly 4500 unique votes from around 60 different countries have been delivered.
Alexandersson won the award for finally showing that she is the best orienteer in the world on the day when it really counts: Winning both individual forest gold medals at both WOC and EOC after never winning a gold medal at the big championships before. Alexandersson won the award ahead of Emily Kemp (Canada) and Anastasia Denisova (Belarus) – the very best orienteer in the world ahead of two new stars who both wrote history for their nations at this years’ World Orienteering Championships with best-ever results.
In the men’s class it was even tighter, with less than 40 votes separating Olav Lundanes and Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland). Lundanes’ achievement which gave him the award for the best orienteering achievement of 2016 was being the dominant forest orienteer at the World Orienteering Championships with two gold and one silver medal – only some meters in dark green forest from sweeping the table and taking all three forest gold medals. Behind Lundanes and Kyburz – two of the big names in international orienteering the last years, a new star from a young orienteering nation came in third; Roman Ciobanu from Moldova.
Big thanks go to all of the voters and the event sponsors Five + Five days of Sicily, Scottish 6 Days, Durmitor Orienteering Challenge, Aguiar da Beira “O” Meeting, Antalya Orienteering Festival, OOCup, Wawel Cup, Lipica Open and Danish Spring.
About Orienteering Achievement of 2016
The Orienteering Achievement of the Year is an annual election organized by the largest international orienteering presence - WorldofO.com. In this edition of the Orienteering Achievement of the Year 6 men and 9 women were nominated for their great orienteering achievements. The nominated runners – and stories about why they were nominated – can be found at http://poll.worldofo.com/2016.
[Press Release: Orienteering Achievement of 2016 / WorldofO.com]