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Who did the Orienteering Achievement of the Year 2015?

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Suggest a nomination for the Orienteering Achievement of 2015 and win great prizes! Remember that we are not necessarily looking for the best orienteer/team of 2015 – but rather the best achievements. 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 (prizes valued to 5000 Euro – 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. Good nomination text & story = high chance to win.

  • 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. Sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2015 are PWT Five Days Toscana (Italy), Andalucia O-Meeting (Spain), Easter 4 (Slovenia), O-Ringen (Sweden), Swiss O-week (Switzerland), Antalya Orienteering Festival (Turkey), Sprint Scotland (Scotland), Suunto Games (Estonia) and OOCup (Slovenia, Italy and Austria).
  • As an alternative for non-Facebook users only, write your nomination text as a comment below

To get you started, see the nominees for 2014 along with their stories/nomination texts here:

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Great Sponsorprizes for “Lucky voters”!

Prizes valued to 5000 Euro are drawn among lucky voters & the ones suggesting nominations. We have 9 great sponsors from 8 different countries. 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.

Event sponsor: PWT Five Days Toscana 2016. July 9th – July 16th 2016
  • Prize offered: Package for 2 people consisting in entry fee and half board accommodation for Five days Tuscany in July 2016.  Value about 1500 Euro. Transferable to other persons
  • Follow the Sun in Italy! Five days of orienteering in beautiful Tuscany – Elba Island, Mount Amiata (1738m above the sea level), Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri and Montalcino the towns of wine, Cecina. Event centre Hotel La Buca del Gatto, on the beach. Read more at www.orienteering.it and www.facebook.com/pwtorienteering.

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Event sponsor: Andalucia O-Meeting 2016 + Training package. February 26th – 28th + 4 Days
  • Prize offered: AOM ‘Back to Basics’ Competition Package for 2 persons – including entry to 3 events (relay, middle and King of MoroccO), 6 nights accommodation in 2 person apartment and a 11-map package to train before or after the event. Value about 540 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Sweet terrains and maps, a friendly atmosphere and mild climate! More info at andaluciaomeeting.com

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Event sponsor: Easter4 2016 – Races + Training Camp. March 21st – March 28th
  • Prize offered: 1 package – for 2 people – consisting of: Entry for the  Easter4 competition in Slovenia + 4 day training camp with 8 trainings + 3 evening analysis sessions7 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation. Value about 510 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Slovenia will be the place to be in Easter 2016. The new 4 Day race Easter4 is organized with the same high quality maps and courses as you are used to from OOCup, Lipica Open and Bubo Cup.  Ahead of Easter4 there will be an international 4 Day training camp with high level trainings that will help you understand how to master the Slovenian orienteering challenges. More at Easter4.com – see also preliminary program for training camp here.

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Event sponsor: O-Ringen 2016 Sälen. July 23th – July 29th 2016
  • Prize offered: One package with 2 free starts in any class in O-Ringen 2016 in Sälen. Value up to 500 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • O-Ringen is Sweden’s biggest sports event and the world’s biggest orienteering festival. It is held annually, during July, in a different location each year. Interest is sky high for next summer’s O-Ringen in beautiful Sälen. 10,792 participants registered for the orienteering event already by 1 November. More information at o-ringen.se.

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Event sponsor: Antalya Orienteering Festival 2016 – October 29th  – November 5th
  • Prize offered: One big Antalya O-Meeting package consisting of 2 complete Antalya Orienteering Festival packages: Accommodation + Entry for all 5 races + All Transfers + The program consisting of presentations held by Håkan Carlsson. Value about 495 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Antalya Orienteering Festival will be held for the 2nd time in Side by the Mediterranean coast of Antalya, Turkey. We provide 5 different terrains and challenging courses, good maps and good weather for orienteering holiday. Swedish National Team Head Coach Håkan Carlsson will join us for analysis and lectures about Sports psychology & Mental training. See more at www.antalyaofest.com

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Event sponsor: Swiss O-week 2016. July 16th  – July 23rd 2016
  • Prize offered: 500 Swiss Francs cash refund towards entry fees and accomodation at Swiss O-week 2016 (transferable to other persons). Value about 460 Euro.
  • The Swiss Orienteering Week (SOW) 2016 is an orienteering event with races on six days with a rest day between the third and fourth days. The event centre is in St. Moritz in the Swiss Alps with lots of opportunities for holiday activities and fun. The organisers are expecting over 4000 orienteers from more than 30 countries. Most of the race areas in the Upper Engadin are being used for orienteering for the first time. As well as courses for the trained runners there will be easy courses for holidaymakers, walkers and beginners on offer on every race day. More info: www.swiss-o-week.ch. The Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) 2016 with orienteering events for spectators will take place in the week before the SOW in the Lower Engadin with event centre in Scuol. More info: www.jwoc2016.ch

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Event sponsor: Sprint Scotland 2016. July 14th – 17th 2016
  • Prize offered:  2 times ‘Full Scottish’ package for 2 – including 2 days of training (3 training sessions per day), 2 days of racing (3 races), 3 evening talks about sprint orienteering, PLUS 2 tickets to the ceilidh party (with traditional Scottish dancing). Value approx 400 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Sprint Scotland is a professionally organised sprint orienteering training camp in the heart of historic Scotland – ideal whether you are an aspiring World Champion, or just want a fun trip with your friends. Short travel from Edinburgh or Glasgow, all activities will be accessible by public transport. All info at http://sprintscotland.co.uk/

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Event sponsor: Suunto games 2016. October 1st – 2nd 2016
  • Prize offered: Suunto Games package for 2 persons consisting of entries, weekend package in Kubija Hotel and Nature Spa  with accommodation, dinners and spa procedures for 2 nights. In addition, a presents from the title sponsor Suunto. Value about 350 EURO. Transferable to other persons.
  • Suunto Games in Estonia is the largest competition of the Estonian orienteering season with around 700 participants, organized over 2 days on the best terrains. WREs on both days and a high relevance to WOC 2017 terrains will attract the elite in 2016, whereas high quality organization and a good atmosphere will be the key factors for the others. Courses in the highest region of Estonia, in Haanja heights, will lead you through a colourful and hilly autumn terrain. Experience tourist attractions in the region, such as the highest hill of Estonia – Suur Munamägi, Rogosi manor, Nightingale Valley or try the smoke sauna (part of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage). See more at www.facebook.com/SuuntoGames

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Event sponsor: OOCup 2016. July 27th – July 31st 2016
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: Entry for the complete 5 days OOCup competition in Slovenia, Italy and Austria. Value  240 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is a 5 Day orienteering event organized annually in Slovenia. OOCup 2016 will be one of the most spectacular editions of OOCup ever – with races in three countries. The event is famous for its Karst orienteering and excellent combination of orienteering and holidays. More at oocup.com.

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18 comments

  1. Olav Lundanes bronze medal on WOC longdistance with massive problems with injuries and his training in the preparation period before the world champs

  2. Sorry no facebook: Cat Taylor – WorldChamps: 5th Middel, 6th Long, 4th time on last leg in Sprint Relay, good 2nd leg in Relay. Very stabel results of an athlete not known for the most stable performances. And this on homeground with a lot of pressure. Impressive! A good example of her unstable results: struggeling on the first day of the world cup finals in Arosa, giving up on the long distance after some big mistakes, but winning the middle the day after in a technical terrain. So I nominate her, not only because of her great results, but also because of her ability to withstand the big pressure and deliver when it counts most.

    I would take following Prices in this order: SOW2016, OOCup , Easter4 2016

    • Thanks a lot, color! Cat Taylor really impressed this year – both the WOC results but of course also her first World Cup victory.

  3. On the men’s side I suggest the young Austrian MTBO-champion Andreas Waldmann. After his junior title (long distance) in 2014, he brought 2015 home the WOC-title for the Austrian relay team (going out on fourth place). As he also achieved many good international results (e.g. 5th place in World Cup Race), so you can say he has established himself in the top elite group – already in his first senior year. This should be worth a nomination!

    On the women’s side I would also have suggested Cat Taylor (see above posting by “color”).

    As prize I would prefer OOCup or SprintScotland.

    PS: I’m no facebook user.

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Traude! Nice to see the young athletes taking the step into the top elite group!

  4. Hi!
    Man category: Wojciech Kowalski from Poland!
    He’s best o-runner in Poland. He’s very nice and friendly person. This year he started in Korea – World Military Summer Games. 4th place in long distance and 4th place in middle distance. These are great results! Each o-runner from Poland is proud of Kowalski! He wants to represent Poland in “The World Games 2017″ in Poland (Wroclaw). He had very good individual and team results in 10Mila and Jukola. He’s the first Polish runner in first 50th in Orienteering World Ranking in history!

    Women category: Ida Bobach from Denmark!
    I think She’s the best Orienteering Women on the world now. Why?
    – 4th place in Orienteering World Cup 2015 (General classification),
    – 1st place in Orienteering World Ranking 2015 (General classification),
    – 1st place in long distance in WOC in Scotland (first, individual gold medal in WOC),
    – 1st place in relay in WOC in Scotland,
    – 1st place in long distance in WC in Norway,
    – 4th place in middle distance in WOC in Scotland,
    – 4th place in long distance in WC in Australia,
    – 7th place in middle distance in WC in Norway,
    – 7th place in middle distance in WC in Australia.
    She’s developing very quickly. She’s focused on the most important goals. This year (2016) She will stand a few times on the podium (WC, EOC, WOC)!

    Team category: OK Linne (men) from Sweden!
    Very young team! Very good team! 4th place in Jukola. Great success and surprise! :D

    Best regards
    Mikolaj

  5. Terje Wiig Mathisen

    I agree with Mikolaj that Ida Bobach was the standout female runner this year, I was going to suggest her but he beat me to it. :-(

    In the male category I would suggest that the repeat JWOC Sprint winner Tim Robertson deserves the price this year: Very few people have defended JWOC championships, and none of them have come from a country outside Europe.

  6. I suggest Maja Alm from Denmark for winning 3 amazing gold medals at WOC in Scotland! One of which (the sprint distance) was won in the way which will be really hard to repeat in the future. Her time and speed advantage over the 2nd placed woman was so huge that she might really be named the queen of sprint orienteering. Adding to that 2 gold medals from relays (in an impressive way as well!) made the World Champs totally successful for her :)

  7. Yanick Michiels – WOC 2015, Sprint, Inverness, Scotland. He realy lost a medals…
    Prize = O-Ringen

  8. I would like to nominate the Austrian Men Relay Team [Kevin Haselsberger, Bernhard Schachinger and Andreas Waldmann] for “The Orienteering Achievement of the Year 2015″. The brave way how the fight for the gold and, mostly, the brilliant last leg of a very young athlete named Andreas Waldmann, support my decision. I have to say that following the course via GPS, with two “sacred monsters” – Jussi Laurila (Finland) and Anton Foliforov (Russia) – behind Andreas all the time, but so close, was one of the most thrilling things I ever have seen in orienteering.