Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships: Hard work brings results

Posted on | January 28, 2009 | Category: News

Maria Nordström wasn’t satisfied at all with a 12th place as her best individual result in the Ski-O JWOC last year, and started taking the sport more seriously. Now she is a world champion.

-I decided to train better for ski orienteering before this season than I did last season, says the Swede.

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The 17-year-old Swede had a very good race on the sprint distance in the first JWOC in ski orienteering in Sweden ever. The race was almost perfect. Before start she felt calm, and in the very challenging part of the race with a lot of tracks she managed to hold a fast speed, but still read the map well.

-In the end of the race I speeded up, she says.

-What does the gold mean for you?

-It’s really nice to get it. It shows that I can do ski orienteering very well, she says.

Maria is also very talented in cross-country skiing and in the national team in that sport, but this winter she has given priority to ski orienteering, and got much training done in that.

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Maria comes from Gävle but is studying in Mora, just 30 kilometres from Orsa Grönklitt where the championships are held this week.

-It really feels like home ground. I am familiar with the conditions, like food, climate, and living. I have also been in Orsa before, but the tracks are new, so I am not familiar with them, she says.

In fact, it was not only Maria that made the first day of JWOC a big day for the Nordström family. Her 20-year-old brother Gustav took silver in the men’s class.

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