Saturday, April 08, 2017

Nazário interviews Gueorgiou: "I couldn't have dreamed of a better ending"



Bruno Nazário's face to face with Thierry Gueorgiou resulted in a great Interview presented by O-Portugal.pt and now accessible on Youtube. It's nearly 37 minutes, divided in three parts, in which the French multi-champion revisits his career, talks about a last season in the Elite and projects the future as coach of the strong Swedish team.


Would you like to know why Thierry Gueorgiou took the decision of trying one last season at the highest level? The answer is in the first part of the Interview conducted by the Portuguese coach and organizer Bruno Nazário, in which the French shares some of his best memories of twenty years of the most challenging Orienteering. At the age of 18, he started competing at the World Orienteering Championships (Grimstad, Norway), so, one part of his words goes to those youngsters who are 18 years old now, based on his own experience in the early years, were he tried to learn from the best. There are also interesting thoughts on the “Stephanoise method” and Thierry's exceptional map reading skills.


The second part starts with Thierry's theory "100 metres into the future". Looking forward orienteering naturally, “like breathing”, Thierry remembers that “quality was always the key word”. Then, time to talk about Portugal, a true “love story”, and to share the memories of more than a decade, to state that “Portugal is the best place in Europe in the Winter time” and that “Portugal O' Meeting is probably one of the best organized competitions in the world”. This part's last minutes are dedicated to review the amazing 2007 season - “for sure the best year of my career in terms of results” - and also the WOC 2011, in France, a special WOC, “where the motivation was very easy to find”.


The last part of the Interview starts with an approach to Thierry's next (and last) WOC and a strong wish: “I really would like to do something great in the Middle Distance one last time”. Then, time to talk about another “love story” called Kalevan Rasti and the incredible memory of winning Jukola in 2004. Finally, time to look on the future as coach of the Swedish team, rated as “a dream came true”. Enjoy!


Joaquim Margarido

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