Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships: Rost’s First Gold Medal

Posted on | January 25, 2005 | Category: News

The Swedish sports talent Erik Rost had four JWOC medals before this year’s JWOC in ski orienteering, but the gold was missing. After the sprint he has also become a ‘golden boy’.

“It feels good to get a gold. It shows that I’ve done the right things in training, and can race well when I have to”, he says. In all his training since last year’s championship in Finland, he has focused his thoughts on this year’s championship. “The race has given me some good feelings”, he smiles.

When he was thinking about the race, he was focusing on how he should think and work during a race. “I can’t do anything about what my competitors do, but I do have influence over what I can do. So that is what I have to work with”, he says.

A tough programme

Erik is also very good at cross-country skiing. Since last year he has made good progress in skiing and the JWOC in cross country skiing is also something he has in his mind. That championship is in March. When summer comes he wants to come back to Switzerland again for the JWOC in foot orienteering.

His training regime is a very tough one. It includes a lot of intervals. Two days before the championships started he trained 5 x 3 minutes at high speed. He also used a lot of power in his training on the day before the race. Including competitions, every second time he skis it is either hard training or competing. “A lot of intervals in training is something I like”.

“Do you have plenty of energy all the time?” “If I feel tired I have some periods with more rest. And not every competition is serious for me. Some are mostly for training. This winter, JWOC is my main goal in ski orienteering,” he says.

Some extra days

With his team-mate Gustav Hall, Rost arrived in Switzerland almost one week before the championships. They stayed at a holiday home close to St. Moritz owned by the family of a friend of Erik and Gustav, 1850 metres above sea level. The competition areas are between 1600 and 1700 metres up. “It was good to have some days at high level before the competitions. Gustav and I had been thinking about doing our last preparations before the championships like this for months”, he says.

Erik is always well prepared and the sprint had no surprises. “The sprint was exactly as I had expected”, he says.

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