Visible World Ski Orienteering Championships

Posted on | March 30, 2011 | Category: News

Finnish men celebrating their victory at the World Championships relay.
Photo: Erik Borg

This year’s World Ski Orienteering Championships in Sweden are over. The Championships were a success when it comes to visibility: GPS tracking was used for the first time, the spectators could follow the routes of the athletes on the big screen at the arena, and ski orienteering was shown on TV in several countries. For example in Sweden ski orienteering appeared on TV after many year’s silence, and in Russia news were shown on one of the biggest Russian channels.

The last event, men’s relay, ended with a Finnish victory. Home country Sweden could celebrate a silver medal.

“I felt tired in the beginning of the last leg, but on the last little loop it went much better, smiled Staffan Tunis, last leg skier for Finland.

It was a tough battle for bronze between Norway and Russia. On the last leg Andrey Lamov managed to be in front of the Norwegian Lars Hol Moholdt, but in the end it was the Norwegian who was fastest and could secure Norway’s first medal in men’s World Championships relay since 2004.

No rest for the successful Russians

Despite the disappointment in the men’s relay, Team Russia was the most successful in the championships with four gold medals – one of them in women’s relay. For the Russians, the celebration after the great success could not last very long: “Just some days after the last race in Sweden, the Russian Long Distance Championships take place in Krasnoyarsk”, told Alexander Bliznevsky, the Russian head coach. “And it will be very long courses”, he continued.

For more interviews from the World Ski Orienteering Championships, please visit the Around the Arena section on the bottom of the IOF home page.

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