Monday, December 05, 2016

Jerker Lysell: "I’ll focus on the forest"



After a preparation conditioned by injuries, to be able to participate in the World Orienteering Championship, in his own country, was already a victory. But Jerker Lysell went further. Turning the weaknesses into strengths, he was the fastest among the fastest, reaching a glorious gold in the Sprint final. This winning is the main focus of an interview where the Swedish speaks also about himself, his dreams and ambitions.


I would start by asking you to introduce yourself.

Jerker Lysell (J. L.) - My name is Jerker Lysell and I was born in 1989 in Bollnäs, centre of Sweden. Right now I’m studying building engineering in Norrköping. Sports and exercise are my hobbies. I like doing crazy things and hate sitting still.

How did you meet Orienteering? Was it love at first sight?

J. L. - I was born into orienteering and I didn’t have much choice. My father dragged me out against my will… and sometimes with my will. I believe it’s a parent duty to do that sometimes!

In your way to the Elite was there a particular moment when you said to yourself: “That's it, Orienteering is my sport for life”?

J. L. - When I won O-Ringen 2000, at the age of 11, I decided to become the best. I believe on it since then. Although, I’ve been realizing that it’s much more difficult than I thought.

What are your most valuable skills?

J. L. - The will to succeed, never give up and get the maximum of my ability.

One year ago you were starting the preparation for the season and now we introduce you as the new World Champion of the Sprint distance. Could you tell me about the goals you set in the beginning of the season and the way you prepared the WOC in Strömstad?

J. L. - I always have had the goal of becoming a more all-round runner and this year, as many years, the goal was to run more than just running the sprint at World Champs. But on the New Year’s Eve I got a rupture in the calf. This was followed up by flu, a stomach surgery, tendinitis and further problems with my calves. This made my focus on taking further steps in my development came to a stop and I had to focus on becoming whole again. The summer became a race against the watch, and I trained most of the time in the forest because of my calves. One month before the World Championships, I finally could train for the Sprint.

Was running home an extra motivation?

J. L. - I didn’t think I would be able to participate at the World Championships until I stood on the starting line, so I never thought that much about it. Even more that would be sad if I couldn’t start since you probably only get one or two chances to experience it in your career.

Would you tell me about your golden race?

J. L. - When I crossed the finish line I thought that if I didn’t win that day I would never win. The feeling was that my race was perfect. I had got a perfect execution of the race and physically I felt strong. But I knew I started earlier than the ”best” and that I could be caught any second. I actually thought that I would be beaten by Kyburz when the speaker said he had contact just before the finish, but my last part was quite fast so I got away this time!

Before the race, I was focused on my task and the plan was to take one control at a time and run as fast as I could, but still not make any hasty choices. I didn’t think too much of the crowd but it was very nice with all those Swedish flags around the course.

Before the WOC gold in Strömstad, you were able to get the silver medal in the European Championships 2014, in Portugal, and the bronze in the World Championships 2015, in the United Kingdom. Three great achievements, all of them in the Sprint distance. At the age of 27, is now the right time to start winning also in the forest disciplines?

J. L. - My goal is, as I said before, improving also in the forest distances but the injuries in the previous years made it more difficult. But after this year's success in the sprint, I’ll put aside my thoughts on the Sprint and I’ll focus on the forest. May I just be injury-free, it will certainly go well.

Did you already start preparing 2017? Would you like to share your goals for the next season?

J. L. - I’m always preparing the future and the goal is to run well in forest.

What are your plans for the winter season? Are we going to see you in Portugal?

J. L. - My winter training has started in the worst possible way. I’m again injured and it's the same problem as before with the calf. But my goal is to participate at the Portugal O’ Meeting this year.

Before finishing the Interview, I still have to ask you a comment about the subject of all talks last days: Thierry Gueorgiou as the new coach of the Swedish Team!

J. L. - It will be very interesting to see how he will contribute and I think he will do a great job.

Joaquim Margarido

Monday, November 28, 2016

Vojtech Ludvik: "I'll try to take my mapping skills to another level"



27th July 2016, 12 o'clock noon. In Valongo do Vouga, Portugal, Vojtech Ludvik is the first athlete to leave for the Middle Distance of the 2016 World MTB Orienteering Championships. 47:18 later, he would finish his race, having a long wait until the arrival of the last competitor. Then, he knew that his performance meant the silver medal, his best result ever in a quite short career.


How long that two-hours-and-26-minute-wait seemed to you?

Vojtech Ludvik (V. L.) - Well, at first I didn't care at all, because there were so many good riders coming in next hours. I knew I'd made a few mistakes and I was really exhausted in the last part of the race, walking up the hill to the last control. The juniors were following the race online and they were talking about it all the time. I was still chilled, ate the lunch and then had a really great coffee with Krystof Bogar (thanks for it!). We came back to Czech juniors and they told me, that there weren't many riders in the forest and just few of them had the chance to beat me and then I started to think about the result. The adrenalin was increasing and then - Anton [Foliforov] came :) Everyone was in the finish and he was the only one who beat me. He's a real legend, I wasn't surprised at all. I was just surprised that all the other guys made more mistakes than I did (!).

Having been the first to start was an advantage?

V. L. - Maybe some could see it as an advantage... I was prepared for higher temperatures, so I had no problems with that. But if others were starting that early (right after the clouds were gone), they would finish, probably, with better time.

The final outcome would reveal Anton Foliforov as the big winner. Incidentally, Anton called to him all the individual gold in the WMTBOC 2016, a feat unprecedented from someone who is the best MTBO'er of all time. What does Anton Foliforov have that you (still) don't have?

V. L. - That's probably clear mapping. I'm still too young and dumb and I can't slow down myself. It's all in my head.

How does MTB orienteering come into your life?

V. L. - I was born 23 years ago in a small village in Northern Bohemia. My parents were doing FootO, so I was doing it too, Then I tried some sort of MTBO race and I wanted to do more of it. In few years I redirected my brother and my parents from FootO to MTBO. Apart from cycling I like travelling and eating. That's also what I like about MTBO, because I can taste different kind of food and travel across Europe for the fractal of the price (laughs).

What makes of MTB Orienteering such a “special” discipline?

V. L. - In Czech Republic, the thing which makes MTBO so special is the community. I didn't like FootO community that much, there are too many people I don't know.

Your good results throughout the season are a consequence of a change in your training strategy or just the logical evolution towards the full maturity?

V. L. - The progress I made last year is a mix of many parts. At first there was a huge motivation after an unsuccessful WMTBOC in Liberec, last year- Then I split my last university year, so I had more time for training. I also decided to recover more and I finally managed to get a 29er. I also get some material support from few people of MTBO community and that had a great influence in my mind.

We spoke about the silver medal in the Middle Distance and we are forgetting the gold in the Relay of the World Championships. Would you like to mention all the races that are marks along the season?

V. L. - For me the biggest mark of the season was the 3rd place in France. There I knew that I was doing it well and that would be possible to challenge all the Elite riders. The silver medal had a nice calming effect on me, so I went into the Relay with clear mind. And I made almost no mistakes. That was awesome. But I have to say that that silver medal means more for me.

If I asked you to name the best MTB orienteering achievement of the year 2016, what would be your choice?

V. L. - Definitely the WMTBOC silver medal. But, as I said, the most important was the 3rd place in France.

What means to you to be one of the athletes' voices next to the IOF? What's the first topic you'd like to see discussed in the Commission?

V. L.
- The reason why I'm in the Athletes Commission is because Marek Pospíšek wanted to leave and suggested me to replace him. I took that chance and right now I'm still in the “aclimatization process”. I haven't thought of anything so far.

We have now a long break until the next “serious” races. What is your strategy to overcome the winter season and face 2017 in the best shape?

V. L. - I have this year my longest break between seasons ever. From WMTBOC I was just chilling but my training plan will start in few weeks. The first major part of my 2017 preparation is one month in February/March in Spain. I'm really looking forward to that, because it will be my base for the rest of the year. Then I'll try to take my mapping skills to another level. I'm going to need that for the WMTBOC in Lithuania.

What are the major challenges in 2017 and how do you expect expect to cope with them?

V. L. - My biggest challenge for 2017 is definitely the WMTBOC. I've never been so focused on my mapping skills before, but in Kaunas I could see these were my biggest limitations.

Now that 2016 comes to an end and a new season is about to start, I would ask you to leave a word to all orienteers and, in particular, to the MTB orienteering's lovers.

V. L. - Head! Legs! Bike!

Joaquim Margarido

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Portuguese Orienteering Blog: 1000 messages!



The next lines are supposed to sign an achievement in the life of the Portuguese Orienteering Blog. A blog that was born on January 21st, 2012 and that, three days after, would publish its first Interview. Today, with 1000 published post, of which 207 are interviews (see below), is to all the blog's readers and, in particular, to those who agreed in spending some of their time, talking about themselves and their passion for Orienteering, that I leave these lines with a huge thank you.

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Philippe Adamski: “I like simple things”
FootO
15-03-2012

FootO
07-12-2015

FootO
23-12-2015

FootO
29-02-2016

FootO
30-01-2014

FootO
23-11-2015

FootO
07-03-2015

FootO
16-11-2015

Vera Alvarez: “Work is the secret”
FootO
28-12-2013

FootO
07-02-2013

TrailO
31-10-2016


FootO
21-04-2016
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FootO
04-07-2016

MTBO
13-04-2012

FootO
05-03-2015

FootO
12-08-2015

SkiO
09-11-2016

MTBO
04-11-2015

MTBO
17-09-2012

FootO
23-03-2015

TrailO
22-11-2016

FootO
12-01-2015

Edgars Bertuks: “I am my own idol”
FootO
20-08-2012

FootO
07-01-2016

Annika Billstam: “I never looked back”
FootO
17-03-2016

FootO
02-09-2015

Annika Billstam:“Me, you... us!”
FootO
05-03-2013

TrailO
14-08-2012

FootO
29-05-2013

FootO
17-08-2015

FootO
27-03-2015

MTBO
11-12-2015

TrailO
31-05-2014

FootO
30-03-2015

Tobias Breitschädel: “I got better fast”
MTBO
03-01-2013


FootO
09-09-2013
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TrailO
06-07-2015

FootO
29-02-2016


FootO
12-02-2014
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FootO
07-11-2016

FootO
28-01-2013

TrailO
16-01-2014

FootO
19-09-2016

TrailO
09-06-2016

TrailO
04-04-2016

Inês Domingues: “I know I can get there”
TrailO
23-07-2015

TrailO
03-06-2014

FootO
23-11-2016
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FootO
13-08-2015

FootO
08-04-2013

FootO
28-04-2016

MTBO
03-05-2016

TrailO
05-07-2012

FootO
25-04-2016

FootO
12-12-2015

TrailO
29-03-2016


FootO
18-02-2016
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Charles Bromley Gardner: “I have to learn the right (...)”
TrailO
26-05-2014

MTBO
29-12-2015

MTBO
06-02-2012

FootO
05-04-2012

MTBO
17-11-2016

TrailO
17-01-2013

MTBO
22-06-2013

TrailO
30-06-2014

FootO
05-04-2016

FootO
14-11-2016

FootO
13-06-2016

FootO
14-08-2015

Thierry Gueorgiou: “Nothing beats experience!”
FootO
09-03-2015

Thierry Gueorgiou: “Me, you... us!”
FootO
05-03-2013

FootO
29-03-2012

FootO
10-01-2013

Gabriella Gustafsson: “Me and my school”
FootO
26-06-2013


FootO
08-10-2014
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MTBO
23-06-2016

FootO
30-11-2015

MTBO
15-02-2014

António Hernandez: “Trail Orienteering is cool!”
TrailO
26-12-2013

FootO
26-02-2014

TrailO
13-01-2015

MTBO
17-10-2016

TrailO
02-06-2016

TrailO
27-06-2012

FootO
20-06-2016

FootO
14-12-2015

FootO
25-02-2015

TrailO
12-08-2014
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TrailO
24-12-2014


FootO
20-01-2014
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TrailO
22-02-2016

Helena Jansson: “Yes, I have a plan!”
FootO
05-05-2016

TrailO
10-04-2014

FootO
22-11-2012

FootO
21-01-2012




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SkiO
14-03-2016

FootO
16-08-2016

FootO
01-11-2012

TrailO
31-03-2014

TrailO
29-06-2012

FootO
06-01-2014

TrailO
17-04-2015

TrailO
26-03-2014

Jan Kocbach: “I do what is fun”
FootO
01-03-2012

TrailO
18-08-2014

TrailO
09-07-2012

TrailO
24-05-2016

TrailO
01-07-2012

FootO
06-02-2015

FootO
14-02-2012

MTBO
09-11-2015

FootO
22-01-2013

Matthias Kyburz: “A day full of smiles”
FootO
20-12-2012


FootO
01-02-2014
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SkiO
20-01-2016

Laima Lažinskienė: “TrailO is the best”
TrailO
26-06-2014

FootO
21-08-2015

TrailO
18-04-2016

TrailO
22-09-2016

TrailO
09-04-2014

FootO
16-03-2015
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MTBO
23-05-2014

Angelika Maciejewska: “I run; therefore I am!”
FootO
13-05-2013

TrailO
08-04-2014

FootO
12-03-2014

TrailO
07-04-2014

TrailO
03-09-2014

TrailO
25-06-2012

TrailO
05-06-2014

FootO
19-03-2015

FootO
22-02-2015

MTBO
03-11-2016

FootO
03-03-2016

TrailO
15-05-2014

FootO
19-12-2013

FootO
20-08-2015

FootO
09-04-2015

FootO
26-12-2014

FootO
11-01-2016

TrailO
03-07-2012
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FootO
09-05-2016

FootO
20-02-2015

FootO
31-12-2013

FootO
30-12-2013

FootO
10-10-2013

FootO
08-03-2012

Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg: “It's nice to see (...)”
FootO
26-10-2015

Valentin Novikov: “Run, run and run”

FootO
29-12-2012
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Matt Ogden: “Euphoria!”
FootO
13-09-2012

FootO
29-10-2015

SkiO
13-04-2016

FootO
31-05-2016

Øystein Kvaal Østerbø: “I can fight for a medal”

FootO
21-05-2016
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FootO
04-02-2015

FootO
31-03-2016

FootO
10-10-2016

FootO
21-04-2016

TrailO
04-08-2014

TrailO
29-04-2014

MTBO
25-02-2013

FootO
14-03-2015
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TrailO
09-05-2014

FootO
06-06-2016

MTBO
24-10-2016

FootO
04-04-2013

FootO
25-01-2016

MTBO
07-10-2015

FootO
03-03-2015

FootO
30-06-2016

MTBO
16-06-2016

SkiO
21-11-2016


TrailO
11-06-2014
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FootO
14-07-2016

MTBO
28-01-2016

TrailO
11-04-2014

TrailO
19-06-2014

FootO
27-06-2016

FootO
22-03-2012

FootO
27-04-2015

FootO
24-07-2014

FootO
22-07-2013
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FootO
18-08-2015

FootO
13-04-2015

FootO
21-02-2013

FootO
21-12-2015

FootO
12-12-2013

MTBO
25-06-2013

TrailO
03-04-2014

FootO
11-04-2013

TrailO
25-11-2013




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TrailO
23-04-2014

TrailO
06-10-2016

TrailO
06-05-2014

FootO
08-02-2015

FootO
12-03-2015

FootO
11-03-2015

FootO
10-12-2015

FootO
13-01-2014

Olga Shipilova Vinogradova: “Sometimes you need to (...)”
MTBO
18-07-2016

FootO
11-08-2015

FootO
12-02-2015
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TrailO
14-08-2016

TrailO
07-07-2012

MTBO
16-12-2015

TrailO
15-06-2012

TrailO
28-03-2014



Joaquim Margarido

TrailO
13-06-2012