2015 U.S. Junior World Championship Team

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The following orienteers represented the U.S. at the Junior World Orienteering Championships held July 4–10, 2015 in Rauland, Norway. Profiles of the athletes and other National Team member profiles are available below.

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WomenMen

Isabel Bryant, CSU and NEOC
Evalin Brautigam, WCOC
Julia Doubson, BAOC
Tyra Christopherson, COC
Amanda Johansson, OK Dacke
Melanie Sergiev, GMOC

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Anna Breton, HVO (1st Alternate)
Elina Breton, HVO (2nd Alternate)

Matej Sebo, BAOC
Morten Jorgensen, Kristiansand OK
Will Hubsch, LAOC
Michael Laraia, MNOC
Austin Fowler, GAOC
Addison Bosley, OCIN

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Zachary Lyons, ROC (1st Alternate)
Chase Thatcher,  DVOA (2nd Alternate)

The Junior Team in Norway (photo: Junior Team; click photo for larger view)
Front row (l-r): Julia Doubson, Evalin Brautigam, Melanie Sergiev, Isabel Bryant, Tyra Christopherson, Amanda Johansson
Back row (l-r): Erin Schirm (team coach), Addison Bosley, Matej Sebo, Michael Laraia, Austin Fowler, Will Hubsch, Morten Jorgensen, Ethan Childs (team leader)

Others on the JNT profiled below: Brigitte Bordelon, Katie Petersen, Sholonda Snell, Michael Bruce, Nakai Lake, Sebastian Michko, Gavin Williams.

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Program

Results

Sprint Final, July 5 – Results (Splits, Maps, and photos)

Women

1.     Simona Aebersold (SUI), 13:56
2.     Heidi Martensson (NOR), 14:06
3.     Karoliina Ukskoski (FIN), 14:30
37.    Tyra Christopherson,16:31
66.    Julia Doubson, 17:40
102.    Isabel Bryant, 19:14
107.    Evalin Brautigam, 19:36
117.    Melanie Sergiev, 20:39

Men

1. Tim Robertson (NZL), 14:31
2. Aleksi Niemi (FIN), 14:34
3. Algirdas Bartkevicius (LTU), 14:57     
93. Matej Sebo, 17:50
109. Addison Bosley, 18:30
125. William Hubsch, 19:29
126. Austin Fowler, 19:30
130. Morten Jorgensen, 19:46


Middle Qualifications, July 6 – Results (Splits, Maps, and photos)

Women (top 20 in each heat move to the final*)

Qualifier A

1. Sandrine Mueller (SUI), 25:13
29. Isabel Bryant, 35:37
40. Tyra Christopherson, 44:51

Qualifier B

1. Noora Koskinen (FIN), 24:39
*19. Amanda Johansson, 32:26
28. Julia Doubson, 38:01

Qualifier C

1. Sara Hagstrom (SWE), 25:00
33. Evalin Brautigam, 44:04
41. Melanie Sergiev, 61:08

Men (top 20 in each heat move to the final*)

Qualifier A

1. Simon Imark (SWE), 24:14
*20. Morten Jorgensen, 29:19
49. Addison Bosley, 47:14

Qualifier B

1. Erik Andersson (SWE), 23:41
47. Austin Fowler, 42:23

Qualifier C

1. Olli Ojanaho (FIN), 24:49
39. William Hubsch, 37:45
41. Matej Sebo, 38:45

Middle Final, July 7 – Results (Splits, Maps, and photos)

Women (A Final; see Results link above for other U.S. competitors)

1. Anine Ahlsand (NOR), 26:57
2. Johanna Oberg (SWE), 27:11
3. Sandrine Mueller (SUI), 27:14
56. Amanda Johansson, 39:33

Men (A Final; see Results link above for other U.S. competitors)

1. Olli Ojanaho (FIN), 25:13
2. Erik Andersson (SWE), 25:27
3. Sven Hellmuller (SUI), 26:16
47. Morten Jorgensen, 34:21

Long Final, July 9 – Results (Splits, Maps, and photos)

Women

1. Sara Hagstrom (SWE), 52:06
2. Anna Haataja (FIN), 52:46
3. Sandrine Mueller (SUI), 54:19
49. Isabel Bryant, 67:51
78. Julia Doubson, 76:39

92. Amanda Johansson, 80:39
99. Evalin Brautigam, 84:36
104. Melanie Sergiev, 88:06

117. Tyra Christopherson, 96:41

Men

1. Olli Ojanaho (FIN), 67:00
2. Simon Hector (SWE), 68:15
3. Andreas Soelberg (NOR), 68:26
68. Morten Jorgensen, 83:35
99. Matej Sebo, 90:07
109. Austin Fowler, 93:59
137. William Hubsch, 107:23
145. Addison Bosley, 121:20

Relay, July 10 – Results (Splits, Maps, photos)

Women

1. SWE 1 (Andrea Svensson, Johanna Oberg, Sara Hagstrom), 1:44:17
2. SUI 1 (Sofie Bachmann, Simona Aebersold, Sandrine Mueller), 1:47:04
3. NOR 2 (Heidi Martensson, Tonje Vassend, Marie Olaussen), 1:47:09
18. USA 2 (Melanie Sergiev, Evalin Brautigam, Amanda Johansson), 2:22:36

Men

1. FIN 1 (Topi Raitenen, Aleksi Niemi, Olli Ojanaho), 1:36:39
2. NOR 2 (Hakon Christenssen, Anders Felde Olaussen, Markus Holter), 1:38:02
3. SWE 1 (Emil Granqvist, Erk Andersson, Simon Hector), 1:38:21
22. USA 1 (Morten Jorgensen, Austin Fowler, Matej Sebo), 2:12:16


U.S. Junior National Team members


WomenMen
Brigitte Bordelon, AOC
Evalin Brautigam, WCOC
Anna Breton, HVO
Elina Breton, HVO
Isabel Bryant, CSU and NEOC
Tyra Christopherson, COC
Julia Doubson, BAOC
Amanda Johansson, OK Dacke
Katie Petersen, BAOC
Melanie Sergiev, GMOC
Sholonda Snell, GAOC
Addison Bosley, OCIN
Michael Bruce, USMAOC
Austin Fowler, GAOC
Will Hubsch, LAOC
Nakai Lake, GPHXOC
Michael Laraia, MNOC
Sebastian Michko, FLO
Gavin Williams, BAOC


 

 

Women


Brigitte Bordelon, Austin Orienteering Club / North Texas O Association

Year of birth: 1998
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_13358

List your 2014 A meet results: Run Black Diamond, F-21+ (Middle—23rd, Long—22nd, Sprint—21st); US Night Championships, F-20—2nd; US Ultralong Championships, F-20—2nd; QOC Long Day’s Night Middle, F-20—2nd
           
Which of your 2014 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I didn’t do very well time-wise in the US Night Champs, but I’m proud of having finished without ending up hopelessly lost because it was my first ever night-O.
 
What races are on your 2015 calendar? I’m really not sure right now, because of school and schedules and traveling, but I might get to the US Individual Championships, in addition to as many local meets as possible.
 
Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? The US Champs if I get there.
 
What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? There are so many places I’d love to orienteer in, but if I had to choose just one, it’d be New Zealand.
 
What is your favourite post-race indulgence? Potato and egg tacos and a nap.
 
What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? I have a ton, but here are a few: get to State in track, win a congressional nomination to West Point, find a good summer job, and above all survive the rest of high school.

 


Evalin Brautigam, Western Connecticut Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1996
Hometown: Bethel, CT
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_3711

If you went to Europe to race in 2014, please list the races and results: Strumica Open (Sprint—2nd, Night Sprint—1st, Long—4th, Middle—5th, Middle WRE—1st); Razlog Cup (1st in Middle, 2nd in sprint); JWOC (Sprint—103rd, Long—80th, Middle B Final—48th)

Which of your 2014 result(s) are you most proud of and why? Razlog cup in Bulgaria, because I had very clean races and was able to place in first for the middle and second for the sprint.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? Fox Chaser, Flying Pig, West Point, races in Europe

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? the same as above

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? Australia

What is your favourite post-race indulgence? Lemon-Lime Gatorade and Subway

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? Getting faster times for cross country and track at ECSU.

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Anna Breton, Hudson Valley Orienteering

Year of birth: 1997
Hometown: Suffern, NY
Occupation: Student/athlete
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_10822

If you went to Europe to race in 2014, please list the races and results. Strumica Open (sprint:3rd/11, 6th/12 long 2nd/14 middle 7th/ 18 WRE riddle), JWOC tour 2014 (stage 1- 2nd, stage 2- 3rd, stage 3-5th)

List your 2014 A meet results. US Nationals Long Red (W21) 7th; US Nationals Middle Red (W21) 8th; West Point Classic Red (W21) 6th; Billygoat 25th

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? I'm most proud of my JWOC tour race on the middle terrain. It was one of the cleanest races I've run. I was able to use the skills that coach Erin showed me (precise map/compass and rough map/compass) which I had been practicing while training in Bulgaria, and this helped me focus on having a clean run. I felt completely comfortable the whole time not only with my navigation, but also with my speed.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? Team trials, JWOC, Billygoat, West Point.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? JWOC

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? Tibet, if ever possible,

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? Oranges, but they have to be cut

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? Get some new PRs in cross-country and on the track. I also want to get some of my friends on my cross-country/track team to try orienteering so they'll understand what I'm saying when I talk about it.

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Elina Breton, Hudson Valley Orienteering

Year of birth: 1997
Hometown: Suffern, NY
Occupation: Student/athlete
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_10823

If you went to Europe to race in 2014, please list the races and results. Strumica Open (sprint:7th/11, 8th/12 long 4th/14 middle 4th/ 18 WRE riddle); Razlog Cup (2nd Middle, 1st Sprint), JWOC 2014 (115/134 sprint, dns long, 39/45 middle qualifier course 2, 24/74 middle final B)

List your 2014 A meet results. US Nationals Long Red (W21) 13/20; US Nationals Middle Red (W21) 20/22; West Point Classic Red (W21) 7/14; Billygoat 24/61; Team Trials Sprint Red 16/27; Team Trials Middle Red 22/34; Team Trials Long Red 23/32

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? The JWOC middle final. It was the smoothest race I had all week and the day before at the qualifier my race was almost perfect other than one huge mistake. It felt great to have a second shot at it and actually end up with good results. I was also happy with how in control I felt; I kept map contact the whole time and was able to pick up my pace since I was comfortable. That's the type of race I always want to have.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? Team trials, JWOC, Billygoat, West Point.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? JWOC

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? New Zealand

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? A nice toasted bagel and some tea.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? Run 2:14 (or faster) in the 800 and not get injured. :)

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Isabel Bryant, Cambridge Sports Union and New England Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1997
Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_1233

If you went to Europe to race in 2014, please list the races and results. JWOC 2014 (Sprint, 69th; Long, 67th; Middle Q Heat #2, 34th; Middle B Final, 19th), Norsk O Festival (Sprint, 29th; Middle, 37th; Long, 17th), Venla (Leg 1, 383rd)

List your 2014 A meet results (including age category). US UltraLong Champs, 1st F-20;
Long Day’s Night, 1st F-20; US Night Champs, 1st F-20; Troll Cup, 1st F-20; Love the Lakes, 1st F-20; NAOC (Sprint, 2nd F-20; Middle, 1st F-20; Long, 1st F-20); US Nationals (Middle, 1st F-20; Long, 1st F-20); Mason Dixon Classic, 2nd F21; West Point (Day 1, 2nd F-20; Day 2, 2nd F-20); IS Champs/Flying Pig (Long, 1st F21; Middle, 1st F21; Middle, 1st F-20); Run Black Diamond (Sprint, 7th F21; One Person Relay, 6th F21; Long, 7th F21; Middle, 7th F21)

Which of your 2014 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of my results at NAOC. I came in first in the long and middle, and second in the sprint. The most exciting race of the whole weekend was the sprint relay. I was proud that I came back from behind to pull my team into first place.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? U.S. Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Championships Fox Chaser II A-meet; U.S. Individual Championships/Flying Pig (Team Trials); 36th West Point A-meet; JWOC 2015, Norway; World Orienteering Championships (WOC)

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? I am excited about racing at Team Trials and hopefully JWOC in Norway. I am also really looking forward to spectating WOC.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? Sweden

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? Cookies

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? Get into a good college!

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Tyra Christopherson, Cascade Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1998
Hometown: Renton, Washington
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_14481

Which of your 2014 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of finishing first in WIOL (Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League) season standings. It's a significant accomplishment for me because it demonstrates my growth in orienteering over the past year, as I had just made the jump from JV to varsity the year before.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? The Interscholastic Championships and the JWOC selection races are the main races on my calendar for right now, but in the upcoming months, I will definitely be adding more.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015?I am very excited for all the races outside of Washington State – I've never orienteered elsewhere before! However, I am probably the most excited for the JWOC selection races because I will be able to get to know all the other juniors on the team.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? I can't think of just one new place that I'd like to orienteer in because there are so many! I definitely want to orienteer in various places across the U.S. because there are so many different types of terrain here. Outside of the U.S., I think it would be incredible to orienteer in Europe or Australia.

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? A loooong hot shower!

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? My academic goals for this year are to continue to do well in school, maintain my GPA, and figure out and apply to colleges. My running goals in track and cross country are to break my PR’s of previous years and to compete at the state races.

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Julia Doubson, Bay Area Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 2000
Hometown: Mountain View, California
Occupation: Student
Training log : http://attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_14942

List your 2014 A meet results (including age category). Flying Pig (Middle, 1st F-18; Long, 3rd F-18; Middle, 4th F-18); Boggs Mountain (Sprint, Long and Middle, F-20 (only one in my age group)); Western States Champs, 2nd F-20; Canadian Orienteering Champs (Middle W21E / WRE, 22nd; Sprint W-20, 9th; Long W-20, 10th); Western Canadian Champs (Middle W21E / WRE, 7th; Sprint W-20, 5th; Long W-20, 4th)

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? I'd say that I'm most proud of the COC Middle result. Even though I didn't actually have that great of a time, I'm proud of the result. It was my first WRE, on a pretty technical map, and other than a ~10 minute mistake on one control, it was a fairly good run and I was never badly lost. I finished last, but I was just a few minutes behind the people in front of me.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? US Champs, BAOC Two-Day Classic, Western States Champs

Which races are you most excited about for 2015? I'm most excited for the Western State Champs. I think that in 6 months I'll have made some substantial improvements in speed and navigation ability, so I'm excited to see how I do for that A-meet.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? I’ve never orienteered outside of North America, so really anywhere in Europe, particularly Switzerland.

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? Macaroni and cheese

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? To run a half marathon, become fluent in Russian, get better at aerial silks, and rock climbing.

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Amanda Johansson, OK Dacke

Year of birth: 1996 (Dallas, Texas)
Hometown: Rödeby, Sweden
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_14499

If you went to Europe to race in 2014, please list the races and results. In 2014, I ran races almost exclusively in Sweden, and also two races in Texas. I did not run as many competitions as usual because of health issues, but here are some: Pan-Våren Medel (Middle), 6/35 in D18 (W-18); Vårracet Lång (Long), 3/9 in D18; Vårracet Medel, 2/12 in D18; Nybro OK Lång, 5/8 in D18; Natt-SM (Swedish Championships Night-orienteering), 18/62 in D18

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? 2014 was not a good orienteering year for me, but there is one race I'm very proud of. Right after coming back to Sweden from the US, my family and I went to Pan-Våren Medel, and I was not in a good shape. Despite that I managed to perform a great technical race and I ran as fast as I could, which led to a good result. From this race I learned that even though the circumstances aren't the best, you can still fight and reach success.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? My primary goal this year is the JWOC in Norway (if I get selected), but I will also participate in the US Championships/Team Trials in Kentucky, Swedish League, 10-mila, O-ringen and the Swedish Championships in September. It's possible that I'll compete more in the US too if I get a chance!

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? If I get selected to run for the USA in JWOC, I would be so excited. Not only do you get to run challenging courses and compete against the best; you also get to know a lot of new people and enjoy the experience as part of a team. Then I'm really looking forward to competing in Kentucky, because I've never been there before and I love seeing new places. And I get to meet the rest of the Junior National Team there too! Then of course we have O-ringen, which is always one of the highlights of the year.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I think it would be really cool to orienteer in Machu Picchu. Just imagine running in an ancient Inca-town high up in the mountains… But if that's not possible I guess South Africa wouldn't be too bad either!

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? Chocolate.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? I'm graduating from school in June, so one of my goals is to work hard and maintain good grades. Another goal that I have is to get my driving license, and believe me when I say I'll have to practice a lot to reach that goal… And one thing I think everyone should have as a goal is to be happy and enjoy life!

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Katie Petersen, Bay Area Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1999
Hometown: Twain Harte, California
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_14181

List your 2014 A meet results (including age category). Western States Championships, 1st F-18; Boggs Sprint/Middle/Long, 1st F-18; Run Black Diamond Sprint/Middle/Long, 1st F-18.

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of my Run Black Diamond Long results. I had just recently started running on advanced courses and this was my very first time running F-18 for an A meet. I was happy because on the Long Brown course I came in first in F-18 and second overall.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? U.S. Championships/Team Trials/Flying Pig, Kentucky; Joseph D. Grant A-meet; Little Truckee Summit A meet.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? I'm most excited about competing in Kentucky because I have never orienteered in the East and it will be really fun meeting the rest of the Junior team members!

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? Definitely Europe!

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? A Strawberry Surf Rider smoothie from Jamba Juice.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? Keep my grades up and be on the varsity tennis team.

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Melanie Sergiev, Green Mountain Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1996
Hometown: Craftsbury, VT
Occupation: Self-employed/college student
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_12529

If you went to Europe to race in 2014, please list the races and results. JWOC (Relay, 34th; Middle, 41st; Sprint, 119th), Varna (Day 1, 4th; Day 2, 2nd)

List your 2014 A meet results (including age category). Love the Lakes (Day 1, 2nd F-20;
Day 2, 1st F-20); NAOC (Sprint, 4th F-20; Middle, 2nd F-20); US Nationals (Sprint, 1st F-20; Middle, 2nd F-20; Long, 2nd F-20); West Point (Day 1, 5th F-20; Day 2, 8th F-20); Run Black Diamond (Sprint, 18th F-21+; Long, 24th F-21+; Middle, 20th F-21+)

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? My favorite race had to be NAOC Middle. This was that "Ah ha!" moment that all the older orienteers would talk about, where orienteering clicked and you feel as if you finally understand the foreign language that is map reading. It was such a smooth going race and I felt confident with every decision that I made.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? Ski JWOC in Norway, West Point, Oringen(Sweden), Talinn-O Week(Estonia), 3-Day Polska Champs, JWOC 2015

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? All of the above!

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? Japan. I have yet to hear someone say something bad about orienteering there.

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? Salty snacks: Beef Jerky/Sunflower seeds

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? My main goal for next year is visiting my legally blind friend in Santa Barbara, California. She has little vision left and I was unable to see her last year due to my summer orienteering trip so I'd like to spend some quality time with her. Besides for that, I'd like to get my full Wilderness First Responder certification (only halfway there), along with starting a minor in business.

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Sholonda Snell, Georgia Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1997
Hometown: McDonough, Georgia
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_14040

How do you train? I have been training for about 5 hours per week. My training regimen to date has included strengthening, endurance, 5k races, GAOC events, as well as agility/coordination work. I also ran cross-country for my school team and currently run track.

Tell us about a breakthrough you’ve had in the past year in your orienteering - what was it and how did it happen? I have seen a positive improvement in my overall physical strength capabilities.

What are your goals? My orienteering goals include eventually making the JWOC and WOC teams. I would also like to make the JNT as long as I am age-qualified. Another thing would be to attend more A-meets as well as the summer tour/training in Europe.

What were your 2014 A meet results?
In 2014 I ranked 1st in the ISVF category at the Georgia Navigator Cup as well as the Navy Nationals (NJROTC) championships. I ranked 3rd in the same category at the Flying Pig/Interscholastic competition.

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of my results from the Georgia Navigator Cup. The 2014 competition was my second Navigator Cup as well as my first complete year as an orienteer. I went from a DNF in the ISVF category the previous year to placing 1st overall. At this same park I participated in one of my very first orienteering courses, where it took me almost 2 hours to complete a yellow course.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? I attended the 2015 Georgia Navigator Cup in January. I also plan to attend the Interscholastic championships, the Flying Pig, and the West Point A- Meet.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? I am especially looking forward to the Flying Pig and the West-Point A-Meet.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? I would love to orienteer in Australia and Puerto Rico.

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? Walking. After a race, I like to just walk around and take a few minutes to myself.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? I want to go to Regions in track in the 1600m and 800m runs and place 1st, qualifying for State. Then of course the usual:  I'd love to win prom queen, as would many senior girls. My biggest goal is to end senior year successfully and continue on to college.

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Men

Addison Bosley, Orienteering Cincinnati

Year of birth: 1997
Hometown: Florence, Kentucky
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_12325

2014 meets: Flying Pig, Run Black Diamond, NAOC, Night Champs, GAOC Navigator Cup, Jukola, Norsk O-Fest, A Bulgarian meet, JWOC spectator races

Most proud of: Run Black Diamond. I gained a lot of experience in unfamiliar and tricky terrain, which boosted my confidence, because most of my legs were clean with good flow. It made me realize what was possible.

2015 calendar: Flying Pig/Individual Champs, Fox Chaser/Interscholastics, Return of the Otter, GAOC Navigator Cup, JWOC (hopefully), training on JWOC 2016 terrain in Switzerland, O-Ringen

What are you most excited about for 2015? JWOC. Being able to represent my country is an honor, and I will gain a ton of experience through that competition.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? Sweden, because of their orienteering tradition and how well they compete. I’d love to be able to train and run with their runners in their terrain.

Post-race indulgence: Course review. Because that’s where you learn from each other’s mistakes and you can help out your peers. Also, socializing.

Aspirations other than orienteering in 2015: Studying at the University of Kentucky in Computer Engineering and Physics.

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Morten Jørgensen, Kristiansand OK

Year of birth:
Hometown: Kristiansand, Norway
Occupation:
Training log:

USA JWOC team member Morten Jørgensen was born in Kristiansand, Norway. His mother grew up in Houston, TX, and he has visited Houston several times where a lot of his family lives. This is the first year he is running JWOC. In Norway he runs for Kristiansand Orienteringsklubb. His favorite website is 9gag.

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Michael Bruce, U.S. Military Academy Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1995
Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Occupation: Cadet
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_14596

List your 2014 A meets (including age category): US Nationals, M-Orange; Love the Lake, (M-Green; GAOC Navigator Cup, M-20

Which of your 2014 result(s) are you most proud of and why?  Love the Lakes, day 2.  After having a difficult day on the first day of the meet, I rebounded to achieve 10 per km on the Green course after my second time on Green. I found all of my points very efficiently, and was very happy with my strong finish on the day.

What races are on your 2015 calendar?  Flying Pig XIX, Fox Chaser II, West Point A-Meet (not racing, but coordinating and assisting), JWOC (hopefully)

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015?  I am most excited for JWOC, if I achieve such athletic excellence before that would enable me to represent the Junior National Team there. All of my orienteering training this spring will be geared toward achieving success at both Fox Chaser and Flying Pig in the attempt to train up for JWOC.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? Norway

What is your favourite post-race indulgence?  Doing some social activity with the rest of the team, like going out to dinner, to a movie, or just socializing.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? I hope to work on a defense engineering project initiative through West Point that would allow me to travel to Tennessee to work with a defense contractor in creating a more sustainable process for specific armament production. In addition, I hope to receive a slot for Pathfinder school for the summer of 2016, which I will work on this year by going to Air Assault school this summer as well as undergoing MIAD tryouts at West Point in the fall on 2015. Finally, I hope to achieve a 3.8 CGPA this semester at West Point, to attempt to match my mark at civilian college last year.

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Austin Fowler, Georgia Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1996
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Occupation: Water Works at Berry College / student
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_12242

If you went to Europe to race in 2014, please list the races and results. Norsk O-Fest (Sprint, 59th; Long, 69th; Middle, 66th); Razlog Cup 2014 (Day 1, 2nd; Day 2, 6th); JWOC (Sprint, 122nd; Long, 143rd; Middle C, 23rd; Relay, 40th)

List your 2014 A meet results. Georgia Navigator Cup M-20 (Day 1, 3rd; Day 2, 5th); Run Black Diamond M21+ (Middle, 14th; Long, 14th; M21+ Sprint, 19th; Sprint Relay, 24th); Flying Pig (M-20 Friday, 3rd; ISVM Saturday, 2nd; ISVM Sunday, 5th); NAOC M-20E (Middle, 5th; Long, 14th; Sprint, 4th)

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? I'm most proud of my Team Trials results because it helped me make the JWOC team and that was my goal for 2014.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? The Georgia Navigator Cup and the Flying Pig are the only two I am sure about right now.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? I think I'm the most excited for Team Trials at the Flying Pig.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? I've always wanted to go to Australia and I think it would be pretty cool if I could orienteer there too.

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? My favorite post-race indulgence would have to be a bunch of fruit, some trail mix, and a Gatorade. And later on possibly some ice cream.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? Outside of orienteering I'd like to just improve in track and cross-country and get a 3.5 or better GPA at my school.

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Will Hubsch, Los Angeles Orienteering ClubWill Hubsch, Los Angeles Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1996
Hometown: Pasadena, California
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_5629

If you went to Europe to race in 2014, please list the races and results. JWOC (56th at Sprint; 122nd at Long; 36th at Relay (team)); 1st overall at Razlog Cup

List your 2014 A meet results. 2nd in NAOC M-20 sprint; 1st in US Nationals M-18 overall;
1st in US Classic Champs M-18 overall

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? I was most proud of my finish in the sprint, because I had focused on the sprint all year and it was super rewarding to get a great result when it mattered most. It also validated my decision to be a sort of sprint specialist.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? Vancouver Sprint Camp, US Team Trials, JWOC 2015

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? JWOC 2015

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? I want to orienteer in Russia, because it's Russia. My second choice would be South Africa, because the terrain looks really fun and I might see a giraffe.

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? A donut or two. One of our local meets is right next to a Krispy Kreme, so we usually stop by there after running.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? Get into college. Besides that, I want to enjoy my second semester of senior year and adopt a domesticated fox.

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Nakai Lake, Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1998
Hometown: Flagstaff, Arizona
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_14923
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Which of your 2014 result are you most proud of and why? A 2014 result that I am most proud of is the Man Vs Horse 50 miler, with over 1800 ft of elevation gain at a pace of 12:44 min/mile.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? Catalina State Park; Flying Pig XIX / U.S. Individual Champs; many more to come.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? Flying Pig XIX / U.S. Individual Champs

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? In the mountains, Colorado!

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? As soon as I am done with a race, I would drink root beer afterwards.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? My goals outside of orienteering would be to get a PR (personal record) in the 5k and the marathon. The 5k I would like to be under 17 min 30 sec and the marathon I want to be under 3 hrs 30 min. I would also like to raise my GPA by taking AP classes like Physics (currently taking), Calculus, and Psychology.

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Michael Laraia, Minnesota Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1996
Hometown:  Hudson, Wisconsin
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_11778

If you went to Europe to race in 2014, please list the races and results. Jukola, 1389th; Norsk (Sprint, 49th; Middle, 61st; Long, 43rd); JWOC (Sprint, 132nd; Long, 106th; Middle-C, 12th); Razlog (Sprint, 2nd; Middle, 11th)

List your 2014 A meet results. Georgia Navigator Cup (M-20—day 1, 1st; day 2, 3rd); Flying Pig / Interscholastics (M-18—Middle, DNF; Long, 1st; Middle, 1st); Run Black Diamond / Team Trials (M-21+—Middle, 12th; Long, 11th; Sprint, 17th; one-person relay, 12th); NAOC (M-20—Middle, 20th; Long, 11th; Sprint, 13th)

Which of your 2014 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of my finish in the middle race at Team Trials. I came out as the third junior and two spots shy of the top 10 in the senior class. It was one of my best races because I was able to remain focused from start to finish and took advantage of my physical training through skiing in the summer months. My navigation was mostly clean, or as clean as I can be on a good day, and I raced as well as I could have hoped. All in all it was simply a good race.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? DVOA Fox Chaser, Team Trials, and maybe West Point.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? I am most excited for Team Trials in Kentucky, as it will have the most competition and head-to-head battles for titles. I think it will be an exciting and action-packed weekend.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I'm excited to orienteer in Colorado in the upcoming training camp. I'm not sure what the orienteering is going to be like, but I'm sure the terrain is going to be absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Plus there's the added benefits of altitude training, which I've never been fortunate enough to experience yet. The best part of orienteering is being able to experience the diversity of our planet and the similarities and stark contrasts between the different biomes. I want to see as much of the natural world as possible, and what better way to do that than orienteer through it?

What is your favourite post-race indulgence? Clif Bars. After running around for a while they taste even more incredible than usual.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? I am hoping to make it to the state track meet in an individual event this year. The past few years my coach had me focus on the 800m run, and I'm hoping to try my hand on some of the longer distances this year.

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Sebastian Michko, Florida Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1998
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_14979

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? 1st place on Green Course (most difficult available for NJROTC) in the Florida NJROTC State Championships at Lake Louisa in April.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? T. Mabry Carlton Park/NJROTC, NJROTC Orienteering Nationals in Los Angeles, Florida Agricultural Museum/NJROTC, Flying Pig XIX U.S. Individual Championships

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? NJROTC Orienteering Nationals in Los Angeles; Flying Pig XIX U.S. Individual Championships

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? Somewhere with snow

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? Gatorade, lots of Gatorade. I also have a tradition where on the trip to a comp I will eat a large M&M McFlurry from McDonalds.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? Get nominations for and submit my application to the US Naval Academy.

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Chase Thatcher, Delaware Valley Orienteering Association

Year of birth: 1996
Hometown: Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Student
Training log: www.attackpoint.org/viewlog.jsp/user_13171

How have you been training for orienteering? This past year I have been running with the track team and also signed up for a weight-lifting class to improve my strength. I also attend a lot of local meets to practice navigation as well as improve my fitness level.

What are your strengths? What are you working on improving? Reading ahead on the map and making good route choices are my two main strengths. I am often able to arrive at a control and leave without stopping to look at my map. My main focus is to improve my pace in the woods. I end a majority of my races with energy left over that could be spent out on the course.

Tell us about a breakthrough you’ve had in the past year in your orienteering — what was it and how did it happen? At some point in time within the past year I began to develop the habit of reading ahead on my map before every control and planning an "escape route." Although it wasn’t a huge breakthrough, and I don’t remember at what meet it started, my new habit definitely improved my runs by allowing for a smoother transition from one control to the next.

What are your goals? My goals for the upcoming year are fairly simple. I wish to have a smooth transition into college and perform well in my classes while also maintaining involvement in orienteering through that transition.

What promising signs have you seen from the younger juniors? The younger juniors seem to have committed to orienteering at an earlier age than most of the older juniors and are already setting long term goals for themselves.

What advice do you have for them? Do not be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone. The best way to learn is to experiment with new techniques and find what works for you. Along the way you will also discover your strengths and weaknesses which is a great help to fine tune your skills.

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Gavin Williams, Bay Area Orienteering Club

Year of birth: 1998
Hometown: Berkeley, California
Occupation: Student
Training log: http://www.attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_13708

List your 2014 A meet results. Run Black Diamond (Middle, 1st M-20;
Long, 1st M-20; Sprint, 1st M-20; Sprint Relay, 1st M-20); Boggs 2014 (Sprint, 2nd M-20; Long, 3rd M-20; Middle, 2nd M-20); O in the Oaks (Day 1, 1st M-20; Day 2, 1st M-20)

Which of your 2014 results are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of my middle distance race at Boggs Mountain. This was the last race of the weekend, and I was happy with my result because I finally stopped making a lot of the mistakes that I had made during the past two days. I made better sense of the map, and was able to move a lot more quickly through the terrain.

What races are on your 2015 calendar? Definitely the Joseph D. Grant Park A-meet and the BAOC Sprint and 2-day Classic A-meet. Plenty more to be decided!

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015? I am really excited for the BAOC A-meet at Lake Tahoe this September. I really enjoy orienteering in that terrain, and I have had some great races there in the past.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven't had a chance to yet? I have seen some really interesting maps from Switzerland, so I would really like to orienteer there. Fingers crossed for JWOC 2016!

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? A fruit smoothie.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering? I would like to make it through the rest of junior year with my sanity intact and with reasonably good grades.

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