Took off his skis – and won!

Posted on | February 17, 2013 | Category: Arena

In the middle of the last leg the Norwegian Hans Jørgen Kvåle just took of his skis and ran as fast as he could up a steep hill. And that decided the battle for gold.

“I felt that Andrei Lamov (Russia) was a bit stronger than me, and that the route choice of running up a hill about 150 metres long was better than the long way round on skis. So I did it”, he says.

He was right, it was faster, and the Norwegian was again in front as he had started the leg and had also gained around 20 seconds. “This good choice gave me more power for the last half of the course”, he says. The Russian couldn’t get back, and the Norwegian men won their first victory in an international championship since 2003.

Hans Jørgen Kvåle won five medals in all in Latvia, a medal in every race. “I haven’t really taken it in yet”, he says.

At the first two changeovers it was Norway in front. Ove Sætra was on first leg. Lars Hol Moholdt was just behind Sweden, but they had been disqualified on the first leg and the last leg runner didn’t start.

|| Print page ||
  • Search

  • IOF Main Sponsor

    IOF Main Sponsor

    Nokian Tyres

  • IOF Sponsors

    IOF Sponsors

    BML Print

  • World Championships

  • World Ski Orienteering Championships 2019
    119-24 March 2019

  • World Trail Orienteering Championships 2019
    23-29 June 2019

  • World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2019
    27 July - 3 August 2019

  • Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships 2018
    12-17 August 2019

  • Other Upcoming Events

  • Orienteering World Cup Final 2018
    4-7 October 2018

  • South American Orienteering Championships 2018
    7-9 November 2018

  • Asian Orienteering Championships 2018
    23-26 December 2018

  • European Ski Orienteering Championships 2019
    4-11 February 2019

  • IOF Partners

  • International Olympic Committee

  • ARISF_logos_05

    Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federations

  • International World Games Association

  • International Masters Games Association

  • Global Association of International Sports Federations

  • World Anti-Doping Agency

  • International University Sports Federation (FISU)

  • Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM)

  • European University Sports Association

  • International School Sport Federation