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Who did the Orienteering Achievement of the Year 2017?


Suggest a nomination for the Orienteering Achievement of 2017 and win great prizes! Remember that we are not necessarily looking for the best orienteer/team of 2017 – 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 more than 5500 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.

To get you started, see the nominees for 2016 along with their stories/nomination texts here:


Great Sponsorprizes for “Lucky voters”!

Prizes valued to more than 5500 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: Five + Five days of Vasto, Italy, October 1st – 14th 2018

  • Prize offered: Package for 2 people consisting in accommodation in half pension and entry fee for the week 41 of Five + Five days of Vasto (Italy) – October 2018. Value 1500 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • 10 stages to discover in Vasto, Italy with its extraordinary beautiful sandy beaches! The Event centre is in the town of Vasto, on the seaside, where a program of 10 races in 2 weeks will be discovered, in the best Italian forests and in the nicest historical centres of Italy. Read more at www.orienteering.it and facebook.com/pwtorienteering (Bulletin available from December 15th).


Event sponsor: EOC 2018 + EGK Swiss 5-days, May 8th – 13th 2018

  • Prize offered: Competition package EGK Swiss 5-days for 2 persons (5 races: 2 long, 2 middle, 1 sprint), 5 nights accommodation in hotel  for 2 persons during European Orienteering Championships for (from 8th to 13th of May, 2018). Value about 1200 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • During your stay you can discover the beautiful region of Ticino, with all of its attractions (history, culture, gastronomics, leisure). You are invited as a spectator to watch the European Orienteering Championships 2018, which takes place in the same terrains and dates as the EKG 5-days courses! More information at www.eoc2018.ch.


Event sponsor: Cerkno Cup – 5 days of Slovenia, August 22nd – August 26th 2018

  • Prizes offered:
    • Entry fee for 4 persons (5 days + TrailO Event + 3 trainings) and hard-floor accommodation. Value about 400 EUR. Transferable to other persons.
    • Entry fee for 2 persons (5 days + TrailO + 3 trainings) and hard-floor accommodation. Value about 200 EUR. Transferable to other persons.
  • Compete 5 days alongside the best runners at South East European Orienteering Championships and taste most of the orienteering flavours you can find in Slovenia – from alpine forests to stony karst! Lake Bled, Julian Alps, Postojna cave and Adriatic sea are just a short drive away … More at http://www.cerkno-cup.com or http://www.seeoc2018.si.

Event sponsor: Sprint Scotland, 19th-22nd July 2018

  • Prizes offered – 3 complete packages for 2 people each – 6 training sessions + 3 sprint races (WRE) + 3 evening talks + ceilidh + event t-shirt. Total value around 600 Euro (200 Euro per package). Transferable to other persons.
  • After successful events in 2016 and 2017, Sprint Scotland will again host 4 days of sprint orienteering in Perth and Stirling in Central Scotland. 2 training days followed by a weekend with 3 sprint races, as well as three evening talks and a ceilidh (Scottish traditional dancing). Short travel from Edinburgh and Glasgow. http://sprintscotland.co.uk/


Event sponsor: 4th Antalya Orienteering Festival 2018 – 28th October – 4th November

  • Prize offered: One Big Antalya O-Meeting package consisting of 1 complete Antalya Orienteering Festival package: Accommodation + Entry for all 6 races for one person. Value about 540 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Antalya Orienteering Festival will be held for the 3rd 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. See more at www.antalyaofest.com


Event sponsor: PORTUGAL O’ MEETING (POM) 2018 – February 10th – 13th 2018 – WRE

  • Prize offered: 4 packages, each for 2 people of POM 2018 in famous Évora e Portel, consisting of entry fee for the 4 courses of the event (middle + long + middle + long) plus night sprint. Value about 360 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Expected to reach 3.000 entries, Portugal O Meeting is an huge winter orienteering event that this year the event takes place in Évora, in the the heart of the Alentejo mediterranean landscape, the competition will offer everyone a fantastic chance to do orienteering in UNESCO World Heritage Site and just one hour travel from Lisbon and many sandy beaches. Come and enjoy – it will give you an unforgettable social and human experience, in these lands of sun, history, memory, material and immaterial culture with outstanding mediterranean landscape, delicious regional cuisines, mediterranean tavern snacks and many regional wines. More information: WWW.POM.PT


Event sponsor: Andalucia O-Meeting 2018 Competition Package. March 1st – March 4th

  • Prize offered: AOM Competition Package for 2 persons – including entry to 5 events (night, prologue, middle, sprint, long), 3 nights in Hotel Barcelo for 2 persons, half board. Value about 350 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • 2 WRE’s in sweet terrains and maps, a friendly atmosphere and mild climate! More info at andaluciaomeeting.com


Event sponsor: OOCup 2018 – France. July 25th – July 29th 2018

  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: Entry for the complete 5 days OOCup competition plus OOCup 2018 T-shirt for each competitor. Value 325 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is an annual 5 Day orienteering event, traditionally organized in Slovenia, but in 2018 OOcup goes fully international and moves to France in 2018. There is good reason for that: Tricky terrain like what we found in the South Jura Mountains (AIN) in France is what OOcup always tries to deliver; ultimate orienteering challenge in beautiful natural surroundings. More at oocup.com.


Event sponsor: Lipica Open 2018. March 10th – 14th 2018

  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: Entry to complete 5 Day Lipica Open competition + hard floor accommodation. Value about 320 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Lipica Open is a popular season starter, this time with two stages on brand new maps. Enjoy Slovenian karst terrain already in March. The Kras region offers also excellent conditions for quality training camps. More at www.lipicaopen.com


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  1. If we talk about an achievement, it’s an obligation to say Thierry Gueorgiou! He was clearly not the best orienteerer anymore, overpast by the young generation.
    But what he did for his last individual races is just amazing ! Winning the middle distance again, his biggest goal (dream?) after struggling the last years is very inspiring! Even more impressive when you remember the world cup in Finland two months before the WOC where he was far from the level expected!
    In my point of view there is no suspense for the men class! Thierry clearly did the Orienteering Achievement of the Year!

  2. Definitely the best orienteering team of 2017 – IFK Göteborg. They were unstoppable this year! Winning both biggest relays – Jukola & Tiomila.
    Leading in 10mila relay from 6th leg till end shows how stable is the team. They handled the pressure on them as well in Jukola relay when they were leading already from 2nd leg. At that time everyone in the Jukola arena thought are they so strong to keep it up till end and win again? But YES, they showed the world that they really are the best team right now.
    They showed how good they are in 25Manna again leading all the relay and losing only in the last legs but still finished in 2nd position! This is very stable and perfect team performance only possible with hard team work!

  3. Viktor Larsson first out, first in and all alone on the second leg of 10mila. That’s the dream!

  4. Norges VM-gull lag for herrer med Eskil Kinneberg, Olav Lundanes og Magne Dæhli bør nomineres til konkurransen om beste prestasjon 2017.
    Suveren stafettløping for andre VM på rad.

  5. I nominate Thierry Gueorgiou’s WOC Middle Distance for this year’s best achievement. The Frenchman dominated the Orienteering world during the last ~10 years and that’s why he is also known as the king of orienteering. He, however, had some struggles during the last 3 years and he didn’t manage to get a podium at WOC middle distances and one started to believe if Thierry would be ever back on top again, as he is already quite old for a sportsman. This season started not as expected for Thierry and he got “only” 19th at the Middle Distance World Cup in Finland and he said that this year’s WOC would be his last one. Thus, the pressure on Thierry was really big. Nevertheless, Thierry managed to perform an excellent run in a very technical demanding WOC middle distance and he surprised the Orienteering world with a victory in his last individual race at WOC. I can’t imagine a more beautiful way to end such a successful orienteering career.

  6. Thanks for all the great suggestions! Now we close for new suggestions and prepare the voting!

  7. Yannick Michiels – because he puts Belgium on the international O-map (pun intended). After all those years of training and with some disappointments, he kept going and got finally some reward for that!