Sunday, July 27, 2008
The setting for the sprint was spectacular. The course started many contour lines up a ski slope and traversed the open slope for several controls, fully viewable by the hundreds of spectators. It was hard to capture on camera, but if you look very carefully you can see five controls in this picture:
The finishers were greeted by young fans looking for autographs:
We had some very strong results in the sprint, with great runs especially by Hillary and Sandra. They were 35th and 38th, respectively, earning some coveted World Cup points!
It's been a very busy month for the US Team, with a tough World Cup schedule immediately following the World Champs. And not much wi-fi! Hopefully the drought wasn't too painful. Here's a recap of results from WOC:
A. Sandra- MP
B. Hillary- 25th
C. Sam- MP
A. Eddie- 35th
B. Ross- 25th
C. Eric- MP
A. Sam- 17th
B. Hillary- 25th
C. Sandra- 18th
A. Eric- 20th
B. Ross- 31st
C. Clem- 31st
A. Pavlina- 21st
B. Viktoria- 29th
C. Sandra- 20th
A. Clem- 33rd
B. Wyatt- 34th
C. Eddie- 31st
Women- 21st (ahead of Canada)
Men- 26th (almost...)
You can check out all the results in detail on the WOC site.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Viktoria at the start of the middle qual:
Pavlina waiting to start:
Eddie's back, waiting to start:
Also, be sure to check out photos by Wil Smith and Holger Hott on Wil's page.
Leading off for the women tomorrow is Sam, followed by Sandra and Hillary. For the men we have Eric, Eddie, and Ross. You can follow all of the action online once again at the Online Center. You can also see who else will be running in the startlists for men and for women. The women start at 9am local time (3am EDT) and the men at 11:30am (5:30am EDT).
The relay is fun to watch, of course, but it's also a serious competition. And one of our serious goals is to beat Canada, our friendly rivals.
Luckily for us, the Canadians just keep sending them younger and younger:
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Ice cream is, of course, a no-brainer.
There is no shortage of locations for calories of the liquid variety. One that we haven't actually visited yet is this airplane/bar:
Other than that, we've managed just fine with the ambiguous meat and the still water that's actually just less-fizzy fizzy water.
You can still keep up with the races online at the WOC Online Center, and there will be an update or two from the event to the blog.
What kind of race will it be tomorrow? Check out the model map:
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Startlist for the men and the women.
Once again there will be live coverage at the WOC Center website. Go USA go!
Sandra goes for a morning jog... and logs it on AP really early:
Hillary looks at lots and lots of maps:
And Clem... well, you'll just have to watch:
The general impression was that this map was quite an improvement over the areas where the team had trained earlier in the week. The mapping was accurate, vegetation especially, and the woods were faster than other areas. The general mood is calm and positive!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This afternoon the Team visited the model, which was on the edge of the embargoed competition area for tomorrow's final in the center of Olomouc. It should be a good example of the kind of mapping and features we should see tomorrow:
The quali is in Prostějov, about a 25 min drive from the accommodations. The women's race starts at 9:30am and the men's at 10:30am local time (EDT is -6 hours). Team USA start times:
You can keep up with the races on the WOC 2008 site on the online results page, which will have times from radio controls, commentary, and results. Yeah, it's in the middle of the night for you North Americans, but all the real fans will be there.
Wish us luck, skill, and speed!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Just in time to study up before the first event (Sprint on Sunday), here's your "who's racing what" cheat sheet:
Sprint (Qualification and Final on Sunday, July 13)
Women - Samantha, Sandra, Hillary
Men - Eric, Ross, Eddie
Long (Q on Tuesday, July 15, F on Saturday, July 19)
Women - Sandra, Samantha, Hillary
Men - Eric, Ross, Clem
Middle (Q and F on Thursday, July 17)
Women - Sandra, Pavlina, Viktoria
Men - Eddie, Wyatt, Clem
Relay (Sunday, July 20)
Women - Samantha, Sandra, Hillary
Men - Eric, Eddie, Ross
We did some relay preparation training today with a few short, forked loops on relay relevant terrain, courses set by Sandra. Each runner had two loops and there were two versions of each loop. The result was some fast and fun head-to-head competition.
Here's what one of the sets of loops looked like on the 1:15000 map west of Olomouc:
The first mini-mass start, complete with starting lanes:
Ross and Eddie warming up:
Cristina, Hillary, and Sam chilling after some running:
Joe hiding in the pit - the last control - with Evalin camouflaged.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Our changing room/staging area was a lovely park bench:
And after the run the three sprint ladies discussed their routes:
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
distance training with Cristina's iPhone and sent it to the blog. We'll expect to do this during the races to give you up to the minute updates (with photos!). It
was worth the long drive today to get in some middle relevant terrain. All
is well here!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Everyone handled the rain and the new terrain well, despite the rain and the age of the map (which was definitely starting to show). What did people learn? Yellow is hard to see in the terrain, green can be bad, and the knolls... are best ignored.
Here's Hillary staying dry after her run, with some Czech woods in the background:
Sam and Sandra finishing up:
Monday, July 7, 2008
Today Eric and Cristina joined the rest of the team in Olomouc, but not before sneaking in an early run in Vienna. The accommodations at the university are pleasant, except that we are on the 5th floor of our building. This is not a big problem, at least now while everyone is fresh and has a lot of bounce in their step. Fortunately, everyone who qualifies for a final will get carried up the stairs by various unnamed volunteers. How's that for motivation?
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Sam, Hillary, Sandra, and Leif headed off to Olomouc and arrived late in the night. Eric and Cristina stayed in Vienna and also arrived at their accommodations late, so no training for anybody today.