Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships: We have the best opportunities

Posted on | February 15, 2010 | Category: News

What a relay for Sweden, with two out of two gold medals in the Junior World Championships. Anton Sjökvist, a member of the winning junior men’s team, believes the success is the result of the good opportunities for ski orienteering in Sweden. -We have good ski orienteering trainings every week on different maps in Mora, Anton says.

Sweden won in both the women’s and men’s races. -Our athletes are improving their performance in relays, says Ola Mopers, Sweden’s junior coach. He also works at the school in Mora which provides coaching in ski orienteering. There are a lot of eager young ski orienteers at that school. They are studying together, training together and pressing each other to better results. Mora is the main training centre in Sweden for young ski orienteers, but there is also a school with regular training for ski orienteers in northern Sweden in Älvsbyn.

In both classes the victories were with good margins to the second best team. In the women’s class Russia was second with Norway in third spot, while it was Norway second and Finland third in the men’s.

Maria Nordström skied the last leg for the winning women’s team. She started with a gap of two minutes but didn’t ski on full speed. -I tried to orienteer without mistakes. Then if somebody had caught me I would have had some energy left, she says.

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Photo: Erik Borg

Anton Sjökvist, Erik Blomgren and Daniel Svensson won the JWOC relay for men.

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Photo: Erik Borg

Tove Alexandersson (left), Maria Nordström, and Magdalena Olsson show their joy at winning.

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