Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships: Not expected at all

Posted on | February 2, 2009 | Category: News

Maria Nordström got three gold medals and one bronze in the Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships. -I hadn’t expected anything like this, she says.

The Swede is only 17 years old. As she will turn 18 in May this year, she can take part in JWOC for two more years. However, it will not be easy to continue winning: in her home country she did everything right.

-I was in good shape, calm and performed very well, Maria says.

Before the competitions in Orsa, just 40 kilometres from her study place Mora, Maria had no other goals than to do good at the races.

In the relay, Sweden was leading from the start, and Maria didn’t have to struggle hard on the last leg. She knew there was a gap, even if she didn’t know how big it was when she started. At the end it was more than two minutes to Finland on the second place. The bronze medal went to CzechRepublic.

Christina Lövald-Hellberg and Tove Alexandersson had the two first legs in the Swedish team, and Tove had the fastest leg time of all in the relay. Sweden did again very well at the ski orienteering JWOC overall. Head coach Ylva Grape Andersson thinks that an important factor for the good results is the sport high school in Mora, which has ski orienteering as one of its sports.

-The athletes strengthen each other, Ylva says.

At the school there are a lot of trainings for ski orienteering. It makes developing as a ski orienteer easier.

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Maria Nordström had an excellent JWOC week.

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The Swedish winners: Maria Nordström, Christina Lövald-Hellberg and Tove Alexandersson.

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Mira Kaskinen, Heini Papinsaari and Marjut Turunen brought silver to Finland.

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The bronze went to Czech Republic (Michaela Maresova, Ivana Bochenkova, Zuzana Kubatovai).

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Russia with Veronika Chikota, Anastasia Svir and Ekaterina Situkhina on a fourth place.

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Annette Fjeldheim, Anette Baklid and Kari Svingheim took the fifth place for Norway.

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