Success for world champions’ daughter

Posted on | July 12, 2007 | Category: News

Jenny Lönnkvist’s parents are both world champions in relay, and they have taught their daughter how to find the fastest way through the forest. Today Jenny became junior world champion at middle distance.

Barbro and Lars Lönnkvist were for years among the best in the world and they have given their daughter Jenny a lot of advice and help. “We have trained together and they have taught me good skills from the beginning. They have given me tips about how to train and how to orienteer in different terrain and countries and how to manage mentally. Because they were also orienteers, I started orienteering early. When I was 7 I started doing courses for 10-year-olds”, says Jenny.

Jenny started second-last and was in a clear lead already at the first radio control, and she continued without making mistakes. She won with a 1.34 minutes gap ahead of the Norwegian Ida Marie Næss Bjørgul. The bronze was shared between the Russian Tatyana Mendel and the Finn Saila Kinni.

“I had a really good flow to my orienteering all the way. It was the race of my life”, she says. The 18-year-old Swede, who still has 2 years left in the junior ranks, thinks the secret of her success is her good technical performance. She hadn’t been in Australia before JWOC, but she managed the technical aspects when she arrived. During the race she was in fact thinking a bit about whether her race could be good enough to win. “I had a hope for being among the three best and it’s wonderful to win”, she smiles.

She is from Tullinge, 20 kilometres south of Stockholm, but goes to the orienteering high school in Eksjö. There she is studying full-time. Her best achievement before JWOC was silver in the middle distance at the Nordic Championships earlier this year.


Jenny Lönnkvist from Sweden won a big victory in the women’s class.

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