Nadiya Volynska: “I am reading less detail”

Posted on | June 7, 2015 | Category: Arena


Nadiya Volynska has changed her technique this year. The World Cup start has shown that it has been a smart choice for her.

The Ukrainian took her best spot ever in the World Cup when she came second after Helena Jansson on the Middle distance today. In the past she has been in the top three in a World Cup race once. It was when she was third in the second last race in the World Cup two years ago.

Today she made some small mistakes, but found her way very smoothly in a new way of orienteering devised by herself and her coach and co-partner Oleksandr Kratov. “I have been good in map reading earlier”, she smiles, “but I have read the map too much. Now I am not reading so much detail”, she says.  With a broader look in the map it has become easier to make fast progress.

The Ukraine world star couple are living in Rödeby, ten kilometres from Karlskrona in the district of Blekinge.

The big goal of the year is of course WOC in Scotland. “I go for gold”, she smiles.

The 31-year-old athlete was fourth in the Long Distance last Wednesday in Halden, but she is keener on Sprint and Middle. However it could be five out of five races at WOC. The Long distance is the very last competition in Scotland.

The Middle Distance was organised just outside Munkedal, a little Swedish town about one hour’s drive north of Gothenburg and one hour south of the border to Norway.

During the race it was mainly pine forest with good visibility and runability, some areas with dense forest, others with detailed contours and many small heathland areas. The altitude was 50–150 metres.

The women’s course was 5.0 km, and had 17 controls and a climb of 230 metres.

The next World Cup race is now the Sprint at the World Championships in Scotland in the very end of July.



Photo and text: Erik Borg

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