Thursday, August 25, 2016

Handy Links:

WOC Live Center:

Extended Men's Start List
Extended Women's Start List
Compressed Start Lists

Live Results

There is also Swedish television coverage - however this coverage will be entirely in Swedish, and is likely only available to those in Sweden or those who can circumvent the regional restriction.SVT Long distance.

As I write this, the athletes running the long distance are heading into quarantine and there is a moment of calm before the actual race begins. The weather is pretty miserable for spectators but should make for nice cool conditions for our intrepid orienteers.

For team USA, Alex Jospe will be the first out on the course. She has blogged about her WOC experience so far on her personal blog which you can find here . To quote from her write-up:

"My plan is again to focus on the navigation - Take the good micro-routes and choose the right macro-routes, dance across those open rocks and tumble across the cliffs like I have wings on my Inov-8s. Today, there is nothing I would rather be doing, and no place I'd rather be doing it! No matter how I finish in the results, I want to finish knowing that I ran a good race, proud of my effort and my navigation."

The next American in the forest will be Samantha Saeger. Sam lives in Uppsala, Sweden and has been looking to this race for a long time. She raced the middle distance on Tuesday, and bashed her knee into a rock during the race. The swelling was causing a bit of pain and discomfort during her training yesterday, but this morning she reports that the knee feels much better and at least this observer could not see any overt limping :) Go get 'em Sam!

For the men, Eric Bone will be running. At 11:50, he has just departed for the quarantine zone, with mere minutes to spare before the 12:00 deadline. As longtime followers will appreciate, this is a sign that Eric is right on schedule. This is not his first rodeo, and he thrives on getting to the start with minimal standing around time.

As a preview of what the map and terrain might hold, I will leave you with a map from our training session yesterday. The GPS track belongs to yours truly, team member Ross Smith.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Going the distance!

Tomorrow is the long distance final, and with 11.2km/540m/18c for the woman and 15.5km/650m/30c for the men, it will certainly be a challenging day. Be sure to check out the auto-generated map of the area for a few hours of entertainment imagining possible courses!

Running for Team USA tomorrow:

Alex 12:38
Sam 12:54
Eric 14:39

Times are in Sweden (-6 for time in Boston). Follow along at the WOC LiveCenter.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Middle wrap

Quick results from the middle distance:

Samantha Saeger 46th, Kseniya Popova 55th, and Ross Smith 62nd.

It was a beautiful day to be in the forest and the Americans put in some good running. See the course maps.

Here's what Ross had to say after his run (his first WOC final):

Team USA congratulates Canada's Emily Kemp for her awesome 4th place finish in today's race! We are very proud of our North American sister!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Middle distance tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the Middle Distance race in Tanum, a bit south of Strömstad. Running for Team USA tomorrow are Ross, Kseniya, and Sam.

Start times:
Ross 12:16
Kseniya 15:10
Sam 15:26

All times are local, six hours ahead of Boston. You can follow the action online at the WOC Live Center.

Like much of the terrain along this stretch of Scandinavia it is physically and technically tough, with a good dose of rocks and cliffs. Check out this auto-generated version of the map for a taste of what the athletes are up against tomorrow:

Click to embiggen.

Great photos from Ken

Do yourself a favor and check out these great photos from the sprint  and sprint relay by Ken Walker, Jr.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Team USA 24th in Sprint Relay

The Team USA team of Sam, Giacomo, Will, and Hillary finished 24th today in the Sprint Relay.

Here's a quick video description of their races from the athletes:

And some photos from beside the arena after the race:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Local media exposure for Team USA!

The local newspaper Strömstads Tidning had a nice shot of some Team USA members getting ready to run around the sprint model yesterday:

Will after the Sprint Qual

Today's sprint qual was Will's very first WOC race. He didn't qualify but he did have fun and he finished with a smile. 

Quick update after the sprint qual

Quick update from Strömstad:

Unfortunately none of the Americans made it through to the final this morning. Alex was our closest, 18th in her heat and only 15s back from qualifying position. No big mistakes, but she says, "I'm very proud of the first three quarters and I'd like a redo on the last 25%." That's a sentiment shared by several on the team, I think. (Alex wants to add that she's really excited to get into the forest.)

The course looked challenging and fun from the sidelines, taking people into the rocky coastal area after a lot of fast city running.

Ross: "I was pretty satisfied with my navigation and I never lost contact with the map. I missed the last (long) route choice. My speed isn't currently at the level needed to make it to the final but I'm very satisfied on a personal level."

An an extra pat on the back is in order for Will Enger, who got through his first WOC race with a smile.

The team is headed back to the city now for the Opening Ceremony and Sprint Final.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sprint sprint sprint!

The World Orienteering Champs kick off tomorrow with the Sprint Qualification and Sprint Final races.

Up for Team USA in tomorrow morning's qual races:
9:10 Hannah
9:18 Hillary
9:27 Alex
10:07 Ross
10:18 Will
10:32 Giacomo
(Times are Swedish local, six hours ahead of Boston)

The runners will be divided into three heats and the top fifteen from each heat will move on to the afternoon's final. The races are short (13-15 minutes for the winners) and take place in the urban area of Strömstad itself. Take a look at an old, 1:15000 map (pdf) covering the city.

You can follow the action at the Live Center.