Linnea Golsäter: “Maybe I have to think over my goals once more”

Posted on | July 17, 2017 | Category: Arena, News

Photo: Erik Borg

One day after her birthday, Linnea Golsäter reached her highest peak as an orienteer. One more reason for thinking about her goals in orienteering.

In the three individual races in Tampere, Linnea Golsäter was second, third and fourth. In her last race as a junior, she started on the last leg as number two, 1.17 minutes after leading Norway.

“I like this fight woman to woman.”

– But did you see any others on the last leg in the forest?

“No,” she smiles. “But I like competitions where I’m fighting to come first.”

Some seconds extra

After about two-thirds of the last leg, Golsäter passed the arena as the first runner on the last leg. Just a bit more than 1 km was left. “I heard I had a gap of about 1.40 and took it a bit carefully on the last part. Instead of running over a marsh and through some green, I ran a bit extra in distance to get the control from a safer direction. I maybe lost five seconds with this decision, but I could have made a big mistake by running straight.”

Lisa Jonsson Nordin started for Sweden. She is from Skånesletten in the southern part of Sweden. Sanna Fast, who like the anchor is from Eksjö, was on second leg. They have all three been students at the high school for orienteering in this Swedish town. The first two runners are still students there. Linnea finished one year ago.

“It was a big plus that we know each other so well. We ran for each other,” Linnea smiles.

Last year Linnea also took part in JWOC but was not among the 30 best. In the last year she has been working part-time and training. The part-time has given more time for sport. “I have been orienteering for 60 per cent of full time,” she smiles. “Now I have got more time to do sport. I think that is important for my step forward.”

JWOC a big inspiration

She has for a while been thinking that next year, relays will be the most important when she becomes a senior. But during her recent days of success, something has changed. “I have been thinking that I maybe should think more about individual races. JWOC has been a big inspiration.”

After the season she will go to northern Thailand for one month and work for free at a children’s home. Maybe they also will get some information about orienteering.


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