Tove Alexandersson: “I’ve done everything possible to win”

Posted on | August 23, 2016 | Category: WOC news

She went to to bed at one o’clock the night before her first race at WOC – and that was not because of a party …

She was the very last starter, and heard she was leading when passing through the arena. In the end section of the course she continued her great race. “I had a small mistake on the third control. Then it went well”, she says.

The way to success

The winner, who comes from Borlänge in the middle of Sweden, has taken a lot of route choices to achieve success at her home WOC.

  • Since March she has been living in Halden in Norway, just 20 kilometres as the crow flies from Strömstad. She wanted to have the possibility to prepare in the WOC kind of terrain. She will have her base in the Norwegian town until September. Then it’s back to Borlänge.
  • Since the race was in a late part of the day (Alexandersson started at 17.10), she has changed her times of going to bed and getting up. About two weeks ago she started to change the time of going to bed. The night before the Middle she went to bed at one o’clock in the night and got up at 10.50.
  • She is also very good in Sprint, but has chosen to go for the forest disciplines. The Middle race was her first start in these Championships.

“I’ve done everything possible to do well”, smiles the Swedish winner. The multi-talent is also one of the world’s best in winter-time and has WOC golds in ski orienteering.

Tired and happy

On the way from the last control she understood that it was going the best way. She heard arena commentator Per Forsberg. “I was tired and happy. It’s great to win and also on home ground”.

For years now she has been one of the world’s best, even though she is not more than 23 years old, but already as a last-year junior she took a medal at WOC. That was in Switzerland in 2012. Then it has been more medals, but the gold has been missing until the race in Tanum in Sweden. There were six silver and three bronzes in her collection before today’s race.

“Do I feel relief? No, I feel happy”, she smiles.

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