Already the best ever American

Posted on | April 5, 2011 | Category: Arena

Alison Crocker is aiming high in ski orienteering. At her first World Ski Orienteering Championships in Tänndalen, Sweden she was already among the best in the world.

“I have always been active. I started with cross country skiing and also some rowing. Then it was orienteering and now ski orienteering”, Alison says.


At the World Championships in Tänndalen, Alison was number 18 in both Sprint and Middle distance. On the long distance race she took an amazing eight place which is the best ever individual result of any North American orienteer in IOF World Orienteering Championships*.
“It was fantastic to get the eight place in Sweden. I am very pleased”, Alison smiles. The previous best North American result was Canadian Sandy Hott’s 9th place in the 2005 World Orienteering Championships Middle distance.

From cross-country skiing to ski orienteering

The 26-year-old American from Amhurst, Massachusetts first got in touch with orienteering when she took a PhD in astrophysics at Oxford University in Great Britain. She is also a good cross-country skier: she has a 17th place from the FIS Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships. Last winter Alison took part in the US ski orienteering championships, and now she has a good training partner who lives close by: Alexandra Jospe, who also competed at the World Championships this year.

Alison Crocker at the World Ski Orienteering Championships in Sweden.
Photo: Erik Borg

More to come

Alison is now ranked number 33 in the World Ranking in ski orienteering, but she is very much looking forward to reaching even better results.

The American wants to fight for places among the six best in two–three years. She is also hoping to be able to concentrate on the sport full-time for longer winter periods at some point in the near future. As impressive as she is now, we will surely hear more from Alison in the coming years.

Alison finished 37th at the 2010 World Orienteering Championships Sprint final.
All photos: Erik Borg

*) Addition on 5 April: Except for David Irving, who has bronze and silver from the World Trail Orienteering Championships 2004 and 2005. Sorry David! Thanks to Attackpoint discussion for pointing this out.

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