Tommer: careful navigation the key to success

Posted on | July 26, 2014 | Category: Arena

Junior-VM mellomdistanse lørdag 26. juli 2014 Borovets i Bulgaria

Photo: Erik Borg

Sina Tommer was thinking that a place among the fifteen best would be possible. After the last individual race at JWOC she is a world champion.

“Mistakes? I wouldn’t say so”.

– Not a second?

“Well a second here and there, maybe”, smiles the Swiss.

She started as number six of the sixty in the final, and her time was never beaten. Just Sara Hagström managed equal time. “It’s unbelievable! I had never thought I could win, but of course I have dreamt about it”, she says.

Her start time shows that she was not among the very best in the qualification, and in the same kind of terrain as the Final with a lot of knolls and contour detail it wasn’t a good start for her at all.

“I missed the first two controls in the qualification”, she says. Then the Swiss girl got into the right rhythm in the very challenging terrain, and just continued to do that in the A-final. “The orienteering feeling was so good during the race today, and I think it ended so well since I had full focus on the race”, she says.

Lives close to Zurich

She is from Elsau, just 50–60 kilometres away from Zurich, and has grown up with orienteering parents. “I was at my first O-Ringen when I was six years old”, she recalls. She loves the Nordic country almost like her home country and speaks Swedish fluently. From 2011 to 2012 she took a year at high school in Sweden.

– At an orienteering high school?

“No, it was a normal high school in the southern part of Stockholm, but it was possible to train orienteering three times a week during school time”.

Down under

This coming year she will not do any studying. She will work and travel. “The travelling time depends a bit on how much income I can get from work, but I plan to spend a couple of months in New Zealand”.

She is still nineteen, but on Tuesday she will be twenty. There’s really a lot to celebrate.


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