World Cup test races 27 June and 30 June

On Sunday 27 June and Wednesday 30 June, Idrefjällens OK will organise two test races for Swedish runners ahead of the Orienteering World Cup Idre Fjäll 12-15 August 2021.
All runners are welcome, not only Swedish runners.
These two races, the middle distance on Sunday 27 June and the long distance on Wednesday 30 June are relevant for the World Cup.
Now the invitation is published on IOF Eventor and you can also find it here.

Speakers Corner #12 Gustav Bergman

Gustav Bergman is the reigning overall World Cup winner since the season 2019. He has been one of the best orienteers in the world the last decade.
He is driven by his love to the sport he says;
– I´m not driven by results but more by finding the feeling and flow in the woods, Gustav says.
Gustav Bergman is a World Champion twice, both in realy (2014 and 2019) and at both occasions he was running the anchor leg.
– It is something special to run the last leg, I really like it, Gustav Bergman tells Per Forsberg.

Speakers Corner #11 Sabine Hauswirth

In Speakers Corner #11 you meet Sabine Hauswirth from Switzerland and she speaks about the very special year of 2020.
– Yes, it was very special, particularly when you don’t know what will happen in the near future, she says.

Sabine has been a part of the Swiss team for some years now and remembers both ups and downs in this meeting with Per Forsberg. Now she’s working at the same time as she´s trying to focus on orienteering. Not an easy task every day.

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Speakers Corner #10 Ralph Street

He’s from London but he´s living in Oslo, Norway for quite many years now and has to deal with snowy and cold winters. Ralph Street has a very relaxed approach to his orienteering career but nevertheless he has ambitions. No doubts, he has ambitions in both forest and sprint events.

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In Speakers Corner you will meet some of the best orienteers in the world. Per Forsberg, the Event Director of OWC2021 Idre Fjäll, has invited both interesting and successful athletes for a longer conversation about their life as a top level orienteer. Every month we will publish two runners, one woman and one man.

Speakers Corner #9 Cecilie Friberg-Klysner

Postponed WOC in Denmark is her main focus

In Speakers Corner #9 you meet Cecilie Friberg-Klysner from Denmark and she´s talking about her ambition to perform on top when WOC 2022 will be held in Denmark. She’s also very thankful she got selected to travel abroad when she was young.
– It was very cool to see and experience new places and terrains, it meant a lot to me, she says in Speakers Corner #9
In Speakers Corner you will meet some of the best orienteers in the world. Per Forsberg, the Event Director of OWC2021 Idre Fjäll, has invited both interesting and successful athletes for a longer conversation about their life as a top level orienteer. Every month we will publish two runners, one woman and one man.

Speakers Corner #8 Tim Robertson

He made is WOC-debut only 16 years old

He has moved to Stockholm, Sweden and has an ambition to learn the Swedish language. That’s a big task but he is used to handling big tasks. He managed to defend the JWOC-gold in Sprint despite a very big pressure.
– I´m very proud of that performance in Rauland, Norway 2015 when I won that gold medal. Also happy to do it with my family onsite, Tim says. He was also the first ”Kiwi” to win a medal at WOC when he finished in Silver medal position in Riga 2018, only one second behind Daniel Hubmann, Switzerland.
In Speakers Corner you will meet some of the best orienteers in the world. Per Forsberg, the Event Director of OWC2021 Idre Fjäll, has invited both interesting and successful athletes for a longer conversation about their life as a top level orienteer. Every month we will publish two runners, one woman and one man.

Speakers Corner #7 – Andrine Benjaminsen

Andrine is a part of the Danish Elite Centre

In Speakers Corner you meet Andrine Benjaminsen from Lillomarka OL in Oslo, Norway. She’s been living and studying in Aarhus, Denmark for some years now and she is enjoying it.

– I think it’s a perfect fit for me to be here in Aarhus, Denmark with great facilities and opportunities to improve my skills, she says.
WOC 2019 on home soil in Norway was a disappointment but now she’s looking into the future with big hopes and dreams.
In Speakers Corner you will meet some of the best orienteers in the world. Per Forsberg, the Event Director of OWC2021 Idre Fjäll, has invited both interesting and successful athletes for a longer conversation about their life as a top level orienteer. Every month we will publish two runners, one woman and one man.

Speakers Corner #6 – Miika Kirmula

A silver medal that tasted like gold

Maybe Miika Kirmula and his team mates, all of them almost the same age, will bring Finland back to podiums and medals again because the Finnish men have been struggling for some years now. This is something Mikka Kirmula is well aware about.

– Yes, it´s true but I think the Silver medal we won at the relay at WOC 2019 in Norway meant a lot. Now we have got a sense of confidence into the team for the future, he says.

He lives in Joensuu in Karelia, Finland. A place with a lot of snow in the Winter but it doesn’t bother him at all, instead he embraces his club Kalevan Rasti which he believes is very professional in all aspects.

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In Speakers Corner you will meet some of the best orienteers in the world. Per Forsberg, the Event Director of OWC2021 Idre Fjäll, has invited both interesting and successful athletes for a longer conversation about their life as a top level orienteer. Every month we will publish two runners, one woman and one man.

Speakers Corner #5 – Isia Basset

French orienteering is not only men

She lives in the southern part of France and is now putting all efforts to take the next step in her career.
- Now I can say I´m a professional orienteer. I will try to see how far I can get, Isia Basset says.

Living in France hasn't been easy in this Corona pandemic. For some periods it has been a complete lockdown in France which made everything much more difficult, such as training. She won the Bronze medal in the middle distance at WOC 2018 in Latvia. Her biggest achievement so far but once been there you want to taste that success again.

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In Speakers Corner you will meet some of the best orienteers in the world. Per Forsberg, the Event Director of OWC2021 Idre Fjäll, has invited both interesting and successful athletes for a longer conversation about their life as a top level orienteer. Every month we will publish two runners, one woman and one man.

Speakers Corner #4 – Vojtech Kral

WOC on home soil will be something special

He has been very successful in the KO-Sprint format in recent years, winning WC-races in both Prague, CZE in 2018 and Laufen, SUI in 2019. But the KO-Sprint is not in the program for WOC 2021 in Doksy, CZE.
– I want to run everything on home soil. I´m prepared for both sprint and long distance, he says.
Vojtech Kral has his eyes on that WOC 2021 in his home country and he is willing to do everything to perform as good as possible but also to handle the pressure.

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In Speakers Corner you will meet some of the best orienteers in the world. Per Forsberg, the Event Director of OWC2021 Idre Fjäll, has invited both interesting and successful athletes for a longer conversation about their life as a top level orienteer. Every month we will publish two runners, one woman and one man.