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The international orientering season ended with the World Cup Final in Aarau, Switzerland, 14th-16th of October. In the sprint relay Friday I ran a good 1st leg for the norwegian 1st team (me, Håkon Jarvis Westergård, Øystein Kvaal Østerbø and Ingjerd Myhre) which ended 5th in the nation ranking and 7th in total. In the long distance Saturday I ran a stable technical race, but my legs were tired and the necessary speed was missing. I ended the race on a 32nd place. The sprint final on Sunday afternoon in the old town of Aarau was the highlight of the weekend, and with all the spectators and loud sharing I managed to pull out the last rest of energy from my legs and I ran a very good sprint. Despite almost jumping over the 19th control, it was a technical good race and I was in the fight for the top 10 positions, but with 23 sec time loss I fell down to the 18th place. 


The first WOC 2017 training camp in Estonia is over for this time. We have been training on many different maps and quite different terrains, and in the weekend we competed at Suunto Games a test-WOC for the organizers, but also for us athletes. Due to a cold I only ran the middle distance on Sunday, and got the 12th place in the good starting field after a stable technical performance. Even though I had to be careful the whole week due to my cold, I got many hours with technical trainings and a good view on the terrain types for next years World Championships. 




Today the norwegian selections for the World Cup Final in Switzerland as well as for the first World Championships 2017 training camp in Estonia were published. I am selected for both. The World Cup final is held in Aarau in Switzerland and the program is: sprint relay, long distance and sprint 14th to 16th October. The training camp in Estonia will be held 29th September to 6th October. This will be my first ever trip to Estonia and I am looking forward to experience what is waiting for us in the World Championships next year.




The norwegian championships were organized in Bodø last weekend. After one week of sickness after the world championships my physical shape was fare from good, and my results were also there after: 14th Long Distance and 23rd Middle Distance. Even though I was not able to perform good results it was a very nice weekend! Running in such beatiful terrains is just fantastic, and I enjoyed all of the four races. 







This year's world orienteering championships ended for me with an 8th position in the individual sprint race and a 5th position in the sprint relay. Ahead of the championships my goal was to be in the fight for the top 6 positions in the sprint and in the relay I wanted to deliver a technical good 1st leg and have contact with the best teams. The first goal I fulfilled, but a little bit disappointed about the last part of the finale which made me fall out of top 8. The second goal I managed until the 3rd last control, where I made a parallel mistake and therefore lost contact with the favorite teams. My feelings are therefore mixed, but going home with one diploma and a top 10 result is good, and I am satisfied with my overall stable performances on day X. (Photo: Rolf Gemperle)