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If you're preparing for your trip to Whitehorse for the North American and Canadian Championships, remember to pack your Silent Auction items!
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Headed up to the Yukon? Come join us at the Orienteering Canada Conference on Wed Aug 22 2018 Orienteering Canada Conference Coast High Country Inn, 4051 4th Avenue – Ballroom B 9:00 - What’s Happening in Mapping in Canada? Hosted by: Mapping Committee 10:00 - Hosting Championship Events Hosted by: Major Events Committee 11:00 - Revitalizing the Canada Cup Series Hosted by: Technical Committee 12:00 Lunch – on own 13:00 - Overcoming Mental Fatigue Presented by: Magali Robert 14:00 - Orienteering Canada’s Athlete Development Program Presented by: Jeff Teutsch 15:00 - Orienteering Canada AGM Details: http://www.orienteering.ca/2018/08/conference/
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World Champs Relay Recap It was yet another hot day in Latvia and time for the relays! Both races were thought to be close fights, and really lived up to it. For the women, it was a tough fight between Switzerland and Sweden. After the first leg, the Swiss were just nine seconds ahead of the Swedes. Sweden’s Karolin Ohlsson had a super strong second leg, putting them up by a whole eight seconds after the second leg. That meant Sweden’s star Tove Alexandersson lead Swiss Judith Wyder out of the arena onto the course for the anchor and they were close the whole race. They ran together on the long leg to the 13th control and punched at almost the same time with 700 meters left to the finish. Alexandersson for the Swedes made some small mistakes and Judith Wyder was stronger in the fast and open last part. Switzerland managed to win with a 15 seconds margin to Sweden. Russia took the bronze, 2.17 minutes after the winner. For the Men, the two-time champions Norway took their third WOC Relay gold in a row, despite the fact that the Long Distance gold medalist Olav Lundanes was sick and couldn’t run. There was great excitement in the arena as the home nation Latvia was in the medal fight until the very end, including leading on the last leg for a while. Nine teams were all in the medal fight until the tough long leg to the 14th control and the top 6 were only 36 seconds apart. In the end it was Gold Norway, silver to the Swiss and bronze to the French. The Austrians had an amazing race to place 4th! The Canadian men running with Adrian Zissos’ initials on the back of their numbers finished with a solid 24th place result. Damian Konotopetz returned in 22nd place, running is a large pack of athletes the whole way, showing all the signs that he can continue to develop as a top-notch first leg runner. From Damian: “The hot weather combined with the majority of the 305m climb coming in the second half of the course made it physically tough to say the least. It’s always an amazing experience running first. The atmosphere of starting in the arena is always awesome. Besides a few bad route choices and small mistakes it was a good run for me. I’d say it probably was my best first leg ever at WOC.” Second leg runner Will Critchley had things spread out a bit given the pace and forked route choice, bringing the team back in 26th place for the exchange. “I knew beforehand that my fitness was not where I wanted to be, and this would be a physical race. Unfortunately that generally came true, and I don’t know what it would have been like if I had been even just a little bit fitter. Even still, there were several places where I slowed a bit, there were enough big mistakes out there that I could accept being caught by other faster runners behind me to save myself from making a much, much bigger mistake. In all, I can be satisfied that I pushed myself as hard as I possibly could on the day.” Third Leg Graeme Rennie from Vancouver brought the team up 2 places to 24th, despite running almost the entire race alone. From Graeme: "I've had a cold so wasn't feeling 100% going in and I definitely felt that out there. Also I would have liked to have a bit of a cleaner race, made some mistakes in the side-hilling near the end. However nonetheless I think we all ran fairly well, a lot of big teams made very large mistakes. Even with my slow and not perfect run we passed Portugal and Slovakia as the terrain was very unforgiving if you lost contact completely. So I'm happy with the result, it was a really fun event (relay's always are!) with a great arena and a nice challenge." The Canadian men are knocking on the door of the top 20, but every place will be harder and harder to get. There are so few relays in Canada so more mass start events would really help get our athletes opportunities to race head-to-head to simulate the stress of relay running. Long Preview: The long distance will be a real challenge for the athletes, since the deep ravines and thick forests of the Latvian Gauja valley have already caused problems to some of the world's best orienteers. The weather is shaping up for perfect running weather as cooler temperature have arrived and possibly some rain. Men 16,1 km 640 m climb 100 min winning time Women 9,9 km 475 m climb 80 min winning time
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Here’s the medal ceremony for the Relays at WOC in Latvia. Congrats to the Swiss women on their Gold!
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Team Canada at WOC.
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