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Orienteering Achievement of 2013: Your Nominations count!


Suggest a nomination for the Orienteering Achievement of 2013 and win some great prizes! Remember that we are not necessarily looking for the best orienteer/team of 2013 – but rather the best achievement. There is one class for men and one for women – juniors can also be suggested, the same goes for teams.

Among all really good nomination texts, we will draw one or two of the great sponsor prizes (more about the prizes below in the sponsor section). The number of prizes drawn will depend on the number of nomination suggestions being posted. Many suggestions = more prizes drawn.

  • Write your nomination text at the World of O Facebook pageRemember to add a note about which sponsor prize you are interested in – it would be a pity to win a prize you are not interested in?! Check the sponsor section below for the details.
  • As an alternative for non-Facebook users, write your nomination text as a comment below

To get you started, see the nominees for 2012 along with their stories/nomination texts here:

Great Sponsorprizes for “Lucky voters”!

Prizes valued to nearly 4500 Euro are drawn among lucky voters & the ones suggesting nominations. The rules are as follows:

  1. A person can only vote once in each of the categories (if several people share one internet connection, only one can vote, as the IP address is used to identify the voter along with the email-address of the voter).
  2. Prizes from our sponsors will be drawn among all people voting.
  3. In addition some sponsor prizes will be drawn among the ones suggesting GOOD nomination texts. Among all really good nomination texts, we will draw one or two of the great sponsor prizes.
  4. The winners will be made public after the poll closes at World of O.

Sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2013 are Five+Five days 2014 (Italy), EONTours (Turkey), Sun-o (Spain), Cerkno Cup (Slovenia), Bergen Sprint Camp (Norway), Lipica Open (Slovenia), North American Champs 2014 (Canada), 3 days of trenches (Italy), Riga Orienteering Week (Latvia) and 3rd Mediterranean Champs (Portugal). See more about the sponsor in the sponsor section below.

Event sponsor: Five + Five days 2014 – 29 September-10th October 2014
  • Prize offered: Package for one person consisting of entry fee and half board accommodation for the second week of Five + Five days 2014 in Montenegro and Puglia (Italy).  Value about 630 Euro. Transferrable to other person.
  • Follow the Sun in Italy and make your summer longer. Five days of orienteering in beautiful Puglia. We have found a fantastic place at the small and picturesque city of Monopoli, approximately 35 minutes driving south of Bari airport, 20 minutes from UNESCO city of Alberobello. The wonderful beach is also next to event center. Read more at www.orienteering.it and www.facebook.com/pwtorienteering.

Training camp sponsor: EONTOURS Training Camp February 24th-March 2nd 2014
  • Prize offered: Package for two people consisting of a complete EONTOURS Training Camp February 24th – March 2nd 2014 in Antalya/Kemer, Turkey.  The package consists of accommodation in double room in an all inclusive hotel (incl. soft drinks), transportation to trainings, training maps and t-shirt. Value about 990 euro. Transferable to other persons. Note that competition fee for Antalya-O-Days 2014 is not included in the package (must be paid directly to the Turkish Federation)
  • Turkey is growing into one of the main European orienteering destinations for winter training. Excellent terrain, many high quality maps, nice climate, good food and top service.  More at EONTOURS.com

Event sponsor: Cerkno Cup 2014 – July 15th-20th 2014
  • Prize offered: 2 family packages (transferable to other persons) – each for 4 persons – that include entry fees for 3 races, hard floor accommodation during the competition and 4 trainings. Value about 550 Euro.
  • Cerkno Cup is a traditional multiday event in Slovenia, well known for the difficult karst terrains. In year 2014 the event will bring you 6 days of orienteering: 15th – 20th of July. 3 days of trainings will start in the heart of Triglav national park and will finally lead you to the 3 days of competitions in the detailed stony terrains. Cerkno Cup profits will be used to the support of our youth/junior teams. More at www.cerkno-cup.com

Training camp sponsor: Sun-O.com, Sport & Orienteering camps
  • Prize offered: Training Package for 2 persons (transferable to other persons), worth ca. 500 Euro,including 7 nights in Apartamentos Canos de Meca / Barbate and a 15 map O-package, for endless training International Training CentrO Costa de Trafalgar.
  • Sun-o offers orienteering camp packages in South of Europe, combining high quality terrains and varied O-maps, in regions with rich culture and sunny climate – organizing O-camps from from start to finish: car rental, lodging, cultural activities, entries to O-competitions, and, most important, O-trainings on a fine selection of maps, with quality courses and controls in the forest. More info atsun-o.com

Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 31st-February 2nd 2014
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentation held by World Champion Mårten Boström and dinner. Value about 400 Euro. Transferrable to other persons.
  • For the 5th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.

Event sponsor: Lipica Open 2014 – March 8th – 12th 2014
  • Prize offered: 3 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: Entry to complete 5 day Lipica Open competition + Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 trainings. Value about 300 euro. Transferrable to other persons.
  • In 2014 Lipica open will for the very first time be organized as a 5 day event. We hope that different types of karst forest as well as one non-karst stage will make this event a great season start for you. And don’t forget about good training possibilities, on some of the forest maps and on sprint maps of nice little towns on Adriatic coast! More at www.lipicaopen.com – for trainings see www.orienteering.si

Event sponsor: North American Orienteering Championships 2014 – October 10th-13th 2014
  • Prize offered: A full NAOC2014 Package for 1 person – transferrable to other person. Including all three races (sprint, middle, long), accomodation (hardfloor or camping), all model maps, all training maps, food (3 hot breakfast, 3 hot dinners including banquet),transport to and from airport. Value approximately 200 Euro
  • This biennial event is the largest and the premiere orienteering event in North America. With national team spots on the line, the best in North America will be there. The host town Arnprior, just outside Canada’s National Capital – Ottawa, is situated on the stunning Ottawa river and we are working together to bring you the best in orienteering and more. Expect the best that North America has to offer and get ready to take control as Orienteering Ottawa welcomes the world from October 10th to 13th, 2014! More at www.naoc2014.ca

Event sponsor: 3 days of Trenches 2014 – May 31st-June 2nd 2014
  • Prize offered: 3 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: Entry for 3 competitions, sprint, middle WRE and long WRE. A full package of training maps on WOC 2014 training terrains + a shirt for the event. Value about 200 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • The “3 days of Trenches” competitions will be held on 31st May, 1st June and 2nd June 2014 between Trentino and Veneto. Many national teams will use these competitions as final selection races for WOC 2014 so there should be very strong fields. 2014 is a special year for the Asiago plateau because it is the Centenary since the beginning of the First World War. On the Middle and Long terrain all runners will cross a lot of trenches, military buildings and caves used 100 years ago. It will be possible to visit many historical sites. More at the event’s Facebook page: facebook.com/3days2014

Event sponsor: Riga Orienteering Week, 2014 – April 15th-21st 2014
  • Prize offered: Package for two people consisting of: Paid entry to Riga Cup model event, Riga Cup races and Easter sprint, paid accomodation for two in hotel “Baltvilla” from Friday to Monday (3 nights). Value about 200 euro. Transferrable to other persons.
  • Riga Orienteering Week will be a memorable event with 4 training events from Tuesday to Friday, two day competition Riga Cup on weekend and Old Town sprint on Monday. The terrain in Riga area is very flat and detailed, offering very good runability and visibility but keeping the technical challenges interesting. Sprint area is typical medieval old town where high running speed must match route-choice taking skills. All venues are reachable by public transportation in Riga. Money prizes for elite winners, awesome races for all! More information at Magnets.lv

Event sponsor: Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering 2014 – February 21st – 23rd 2014
  • Prize offered: Package for 3 people consisting of entry for MCO 2014 competiton (Middle WRE, Sprint WRE and Long WRE, Model event) + 4 trainings for each person provided by O-Portugal. Value about 200 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • MCO 2013 will be held in Sátão and Aguiar da Beira, close to the area of Portugal “O” Meeting 2012 (winning Course of the Year 2012). The event will have 3(!) WRE competitions – Middle, Sprint and Long distance. O-Portugal has a solid team of technical staff that will guarantee you a nice training camp or competition package in Portugal! More at mco2014.ori-estarreja.pt and o-portugal.pt

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  1. Simone Niggli of course! She had a great year with three medals at Woc and I hope she would come to 2014 Woc next year… She is not only a super athlete, she’s also a super person. I was very amazed when one day during Woc a child asked her to take a picture and she was going away very fast, but even if she was in hurry she stopped to take the photo. Everyone have to learn from her and not only o-skills!
    And about the best man: Marten Bostrom! He came again to run in orienteering and he won the sprint at Woc!! Amazing! And also he did a lot of races (he came in Italy too) and winning the title of best 2013 orienteer he will never leave orienteering again and he will train harder for next years.
    (I am interested in Lipica Open or 5+5Days)

  2. MEN:Ukraine WOC Realay Team: Taking an unexpecting bronze medal in the WOC realay. Making a stand that more nations wants to fight about the medals.

    WOMEN:Tove Alexandersson: Taking 2 WOC medals at very young age and almost beating Niggli inthe overall WC.

    Sponsor wish: Five+Five

  3. Carolina Delgado

    I vote for Daniel Hubmann in men because of his fantastic results just after recovering from his injury.He was second in the world cup ranking and did very good results in woc.

    I vote for Minna Kauppi in women because she did very good races in woc and she was nearly there with two 4th places in the long and middle distance.

    ( I´m interested in 3 days of trenches)

  4. Mårten Boström. After being away from top orienteering for several years and not making it to the Team for WOC 2012, he decided to go for it and he made it, crushing the field by 17 seconds in a surprisingly demanding WOC Sprint in Vuokatti. He became the face of the WOC 2013 in Finland.
    (Riga Orienteering Week)

  5. Men: Thierry, gold in WOC long, fantastic leg in relay, and proving in the middle that he’s human (and after all thanks to that we’ll can see him in Italy…)

    Women: Simone. No words for describing her. The best of all times!

    I’m interested in Cerkno Cup.

  6. Male: Leonid Novikovs race in WOC middle. Biggest suprise in WOC this Year – topped up with gold also in the relay. Perfect exampe of performing when it matters the most.

    Female: OK Pan Århus Venla victory. Danish domination in Venla relay with a young team.
    (Of course all the gold medals Sime once again got is impressive, but as that was allready nominated above I had to come up with somethin else.) :)


  7. Switzerland has not only cheese, chocolate and watches – there’s as well an
    Impressive athlete coming from the small country in central Europe, who
    Managed to dominate the orienteering world for years. Beside of all her success she made
    Orienteering getting more popular in all the years. She was all the time close to her fans and
    Never got arrogant, as other big athletes sometimes do. Probably she is the living
    Example, how the orienteering spirit should be lived.

    Now, as the queen of orienteering retired, the stage is open for new stars in our rising sport.
    Impossible is nothing, but her «Palmarès» might be tricky to achieve:
    Gold, 23-times (and those are only the ones from WOC) and an almost never ending list of
    Great results. Every runner is doing big efforts throughout the whole season, always
    Listening to body and mind, which makes our sport fascinating every second we do it, but
    Imagining what SHE did in her career, she deserves this prize one last time!

    Sun-O, btw…

  8. I have to say it’s really difficult to point out just two names, especially taking into account the outstanding figure of Simone. I am not adding any word to describe her brightness.

    Here’s my suggestions:

    MEN: Matthias Merz. He deserves a nomination, after a long top orienteer period, and as an homage to his career.

    WOMEN: Tove Alexandersson. She’s already proven herself as a greatly raising star in orienteering, and I believe she will show her power more and more in next years. She has also shown to be at very top level in international competition, and almost winning the WC while Simone still competing is a great result and hope for the future.

    Prize: 3-day of trenches or Lipica Open

  9. One of the really big achievements of 2013 is the Austrian relay bronze medal at the World Games in Cali. Nearly noone thought of an Austrian medal there. And all four members of the team made one of their best performances ever:
    First runner GERNOT KERSCHBAUMER came in on top together with Murray Strain; the junior ANNA NILSSON SIMKOVICS stayed “cool, calm and collected” and remained close to the world top female runners competing there, ROBERT MERL as third Austrian runner also kept the really good position and the finisher URSULA KADAN could beat the fast Czech girl Tereza Novotná by better route choice in the finish.
    And all four managed something which not all top runners were able to: they made nearly no mistakes and checked out all the right controls!

    If the mixed team does not fit in the scheme “men or women” they would deserve a special extra prize for their focussed, ambitious and courageous performance!

    Preferred prize: Lipica Open or Riga Orienteering Week

  10. MEN: Matthias Kyburz – World Cup winner and double World Games champion. It’s not so easy to dominate in men’s class.
    WOMEN: Nadiya Volynska – Maybe she is not the best but she could be a best newcomer to very top, also 3rd place in World Games middle.

    BUT why only nominate foot-o athletes?

    MEN (MTBO): Tõnis Erm – 2 golds in 2 days in a row, plus relay bronze at WMTBOC.
    WOMEN (MTBO): Marika Hara – 2 golds from WMTBOC and gold from EMTBOC, also World Cup winner.

    In ski-o I don’t know the names so well…

    (Riga O-Week)

  11. Thanks for all great suggestions & nomination texts so far! I’m just collecting them and have started writing the nomination texts – there is still room for more though :)

  12. Aleksandra Voytova

    The Best of the best men:Leonid Novikov of course, because this year he scored two gorgeous victory at the World Championships, and he showed good results on 10mia,Jukola,25-manna… and just because he is a wonderful person.

    The Best of the best women:I only need a few seconds to think about it because there are no other options, strong, beautiful and wonderful mother of three children Simone Niggli.
    (3 days of Tranches)

  13. My vote in category women goes to Merja Rantanen for her WOC Middle Distance bronze medal. She’s already had a long and successful international career, but no personal WOC medal until now. After nearly having dropped from the Finnish team due to bad qualification run before WOC her performance before home crowd in the middle distance final was phenomenal. Bronze well deserved.

  14. Why not add the relay to the usual men and women category. I´ve already seen some relay teams in the suggestions.