First Ever World University Ski Orienteering Championships – A Great Success!

Posted on | February 15, 2016 | Category: News

This weekend has seen a lot of SkiO action in the Russian Tula region. The FISU World University Ski Orienteering Championships took place there 11-15 January. The historical event has been very successful, with excellent infrastructure and organisation. Over sixty athletes from thirteen different countries took part in an exciting event programme, including sprint, pursuit, mixed relay and mass start races.

Focused hand over in the mixed relay.

Sonja Mörsky, Finland, and Stanimir Belomazhev, Bulgaria, became the historical first World University Champions in Ski Orienteering by winning the opening sprint races.

Anna Ulvensøen, Norway, climbed from 6th place to gold in the women’s pursuit, whilst Stanimir Belomazhev showed strength in the men’s class and was in the lead from start to finish.

Dramatic pursuit.

The Norwegians Anna Ulvensøen and Jørgen Madslien won the mixed relay with Finland as second and Russia as third nation.

The king of Tula, Stanimir Belomazhev, also won the mass start, followed by the Finnish skiers Jyri Uusitalo and Tero Linnainmaa. In the women’s class, Mira Kaskinen, Finland, won the WUSOC mass start in front of Anna Ulvensøen and Sonja Mörsky.

Happy teams on the relay podium.

Apart from the fierce competition in the races, the athletes also got to take part in a cultural excursion, finding out more about the host city and region. The students visited the Tula Museum of Arms and the Tula Kremlin, learning about the cultural and historical significance of Tula.

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