U.S. Senior Orienteering Team

*LInk to a Thank you video from the 2014 Team*

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IOF World Rankings

2017 WOC Team Selection Criteria and Team Trials Rules

2016 U.S. Team to WOC Announced!

Congratulations to U.S. Team members Giacomo Barbone, Eric Bone, Hannah Culberg, Will Enger, Alexandra Jospe, Michael Laraia, Kseniya Popova, Hillary Saeger, Samantha Saeger, and Ross Smith who have been named to represent the USA at this year's World Orienteering Championships in Sweden in mid-August!  ... Read more

2016 U.S. Team Trials in Kent, CT

Senior Team trials will be held at Mt Holyoke College in So. Hadley, MA, and Pond Mountain in Kent, CT, June 3-5. While not a national meet, it will offer one Men's open (Blue) and one Women's open (Red) course set to national specifications for anyone who wants to compete. Those competing for a slot on the team to WOC will declare their candidacy per the OUSA Rules.

2016 National Orienteering Team Members selected

Congratulations to all athletes named to the national team for 2016! ... Read more ...

The U.S. Team to WOC 2015 has been selected!

March 30, 2015 — Congratulations to the following national team members who will represent the U.S. at the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland this summer! ("Profile" links are to the World of O international profile for each runner.)


Alison Campbell (DVOA / EUOC) profile
Kseniya Popova (HVO) – profile
Alex Jospé (CSU) – profile
Tori Borish (COC) – profile
Ali Crocker (CROC) profile
Samantha Saeger (by petition) (NEOC / OK Linné)profile
Sandra Lauenstein (by petition) (RMOC / ANCO)profile


Giacomo Barbone (CSU / Orient'Alp) profile
Greg Ahlswede (DVOA) profile
Eric Bone (COC)profile
Ken Walker Jr. (CSU) profile
Ethan Childs (GMOC)profile
Will Enger (COC) first alternate
Wyatt Riley (DVOA) second alternate – profile

See the announcement, including the race assignments determined by the review panel. The photo below shows the team members who attended the Team Trials at the Flying Pig in March (missing are Samantha and Sandra).

2015 Senior Orienteering National Team Members announced

Congratulations to those named to the national team for 2015! ....Read more....

2015 Team Selection Information

Revised Rule G.1.7 regarding Team Selection, approved January 27, 2015

U.S. Team to WOC 2014 wants to thank our supporters! We couldn't do this without you!!
(YouTube video thank you)

The U.S. Team to WOC 2014 has been selected!

March 26, 2014 — Congratulations to the following team members who will represent the U.S. at the World Orienteering Championships in Italy this July! ("Profile" links are to the World of O international profile for each runner.)


Ali Crocker (SMOC) – profile
Alex Jospe (CSU) – profile
Samantha Saeger (by petition) (NEOC / OK Linne) – profile
Hannah Culberg (COC) – profile
Tori Borish (COC) – profile

Cristina Luis (TSN / Nydalens SK) - 1st alternate – profile
Alison Campbell (by petition) (DVOA / EUOC) - 2nd alternate – profile
Kseniya Popova (HVO) - 3rd alternate


Eric Bone (COC) – profile
Ethan Childs (GMOC) – profile
Giacomo Barbone (by petition) (CSU / Orient'Alp) – profile
Wyatt Riley (DVOA) – profile
Ross Smith (by petition) (CSU / OK Linne) – profile

Eddie Bergeron (SVO) - 1st alternate – profile
Matej Sebo (BAOC) - 2nd alternate
Ken Walker Jr. (CSU) - 3rd alternate – profile

See the announcement, and the scoring list used by the ESC to make the decision. The photo below shows some of the standing team members who attended the Team Trials at Run Black Diamond in March.

2014 Senior Orienteering Team Members announced

Congratulations to all those named to the standing team for 2014! ...read more...

2014 Team Selection Information

> 2013 WOC Results and Photos

U.S. Team to WOC 2013 selected at Team Trials / U.S. Championships

2013 U.S. Team to the World Orienteering Championships

Left to right: Women: Ali Crocker, Hannah Culberg, Alex Jospe, Cristina Luis, Anna Shafer-Skelton, Isabel Bryant
Men: Boris Granovskiy, Sergei Zhyk, Ross Smith, Ethan Childs, Brendan Shields, Wyatt Riley, Eddie Bergeron
(missing from the photograph: Samantha Saeger, Alison Campbell, and Eric Bone)
Photo credit: Glen Tryson/EMPO (click photo for larger image)

Congratulations to all of the following team members who will represent the U.S. at the World Orienteering Championships in Finland this July! ("Profile" links are to the World of O international profile for each runner.)


Ali Crocker (CSU) – profile
Samantha Saeger (by petition) (NEOC) – profile
Hannah Culberg (COC) – profile
Alex Jospe (CSU) – profile
Alison Campbell (by petition) (DVOA) – profile

Cristina Luis (first alternate) (TSN) – profile
Anna Shafer-Skelton (second alternate) (SLOC)
Isabel Bryant (third alternate) (NEOC) – profile


Eric Bone (COC) – profile
Boris Granovskiy (CSU) – profile
Sergei Zhyk (DVOA) – profile Declined
Ross Smith (CSU) – profile
Ethan Childs (GMOC) – profile Declined
Brendan Shields (CSU)
Wyatt Riley (DVOA) – profile

Eddie Bergeron (alternate) (SVO) – profile Declined

Team leaders in Finland will be Erin Schirm and Cristina Luis.   ...more....

2013 U.S. Standing Team

Congratulations to all those named to the standing team for 2013!
       ...read more...  (revised March 4, 2013)

2013 Team selection information

IOF announces addition of Sprint Relay to WOC programme

At the 2012 IOF General Assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, a new programme for the World Orienteering Championships was decided on*, including the introduction of a new format, the Sprint Relay.  The first implementation of Sprint Relay in the World Orienteering Championships will be in 2014 in Italy, after which it will be a permanent format on the programme.

> Read more on the IOF announcement to national federations, including a description of the format.

U.S. Team to WOC 2012 selected at Team Trials / U.S. Championships

Left to right: Eddie Bergeron, Eric Bone, Boris Granovskiy, Giacomo Barbone, Wyatt Riley, Ken Walker, Jr.
Alison Crocker, Hannah Burgess, Alex Jospe, Pavlina Brautigam, Cristina Luis

Photo: Laurie Searle
Click on photo for larger view

Congratulations to all of the following team members who represented the U.S. at the World Orienteering Championships in Switzerland this July! ("Profile" links are to the World of O international profile for each runner.)

1. Eddie Bergeron (SVO) – profile
2. Eric Bone (COC) – profile
3. Ross Smith (by petition) (CSU) – profile
4. Boris Granovskiy (CSU) – profile
5. Giacomo Barbone (CSU) – profile

1st alternate - Jordan Laughlin (by petition) (USMAOC) – profile
2nd alternate - Wyatt Riley (DVOA) – profile
3rd alternate - Ken Walker, Jr. (CSU) – profile

1. Alison Crocker (CSU) – profile
2. Samantha Saeger (by petition) (NEOC) – profile
3. Hannah Burgess (USMAOC) – profile
4. Alex Jospe (CSU) – profile
5. Sandra Lauenstein (by petition) (RMOC) – profile

1st alternate - Pavlina Brautigam (WCOC) – profile
2nd alternate - Cristina Luis (TSN) – profile

Cristina Luis accompanied the team as Team Leader.


WOC 2012 Information (Lausanne, Switzerland, 14-21 July)

WOC 2012 Website

WOC 2012 Complete Results

U.S. Standing Team for 2012

Congratulations to all those named to the U.S. Standing Team for 2012!

2012 WOC Team Selection and Rules

Ali Crocker mentioned in Sports Illustrated, November 21, 2011

Senior team member Alison Crocker was recognized in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of the November 21, 2011, issue of Sports Illustrated. Congratulations to Ali on the national exposure!

Björn Kjellström Cup for 2012

The Björn Kjellström Cup is is a competition between the national teams of the USA and Canada at the senior level. It is held every two years at the North American Orienteering Championships and was first awarded in 1980. At the most recent NAOC, in British Columbia in 2010, the cup was won by the USA in a spirited and very close competition.

The next NAOC will be hosted by DVOA in October 2012, just a year from now. > Information about NAOC 2012

For 2012 there will now also be team competition between the countries at the junior level, with the Future Champions Cup awarded to the winning team. The hope is that this will bring the same level of excitement and recognition for the juniors as the BK Cup has for the seniors. And hopefully a lot of work will be put into training and preparation because, need I say, it is a lot more fun to be on the winning side.

The Rules for the 2012 BK Cup as well as the FC Cup may be found here.

Peter Gagarin
Former U.S. Team Member

Team News:

  1. Team members Samantha Saeger and Ross Smith are spending a year in Uppsala, Sweden. Ross has a job there (he’s a lab technician), Sam is hoping to get one (she’s an elementary school teacher), and both plan to do a lot of orienteering. They’ve already been doing a bunch, some successful, some not so successful. The highlight so far was the Swedish relay champs, where Sam ran the first leg for the second team of their Swedish club, OK Linne, and she finished 9th out of 72, less than 2 minutes behind the leader.
  2. Alex Jospe, member of both this year’s WOC and Ski-WOC teams, also has a blog, also highly recommended reading. In her real life she’s working on her Masters in freshwater stream ecology, spending her time doing research from Maine to West Virginia:
  3. Team member Eddie Bergeron has been at the forefront of using Lidar — I’m not going to try to explain what that is because I would get it wrong, but you can Google it — to make basemaps, the starting point for new orienteering maps. The reason I mention this is that he donates all the money he makes to the Team. Awesome. If you’d like to get in touch with him about making a basemap, let me know and I’ll pass your request along.
  4. A reminder on a few upcoming events:
    • The 2011 U.S. Individual Champs (Sprint, Middle, and Long) will be in the Boston area October 21-23. More info:
    • The big Ski-O event — World Cup races plus U.S. Champs — is now just 4 months off. If you have even the slightest interest in ski-O’, you should not miss this:
    • The 2012 North American Champs (they are held every second year) are being hosted by DVOA at the Delaware Water Gap October 18-21, 2012. In addition to the competition for the Björn Kjellström Cup between (so far) the Canadian and USA senior teams, plans are in the works for a similar competition between each country’s junior teams.
      Perhaps there will also be participants from other countries in the North American region of IOF?

Peter Gagarin
pg at crocker dot com
September 21, 2011

2011 - WOC in the Future project and discussions

WOC in the Future project aims to create a new programme for the World Orienteering Championships (WOC). Proposals and discussions have been and will continue to be reported on the IOF website.

Support the U.S. Orienteering Team

The U.S. Orienteering Team represents YOU at international competitions, including the World Orienteering Championships (WOC). The Team relies on donations from Orienteering USA members, clubs and businesses so they can represent the United States. Please support the U.S. Team. Donating online is now available.

Contributions to the U.S. Orienteering Teams are tax-deductible.

  • Make your check payable to Orienteering USA
  • On the line in the lower left hand corner of the check, enter Foot O Team
  • Mail to Orienteering USA Accounting Services, P.O. Box 1444, Forest Park, GA 30298

Orienteering USA sends acknowledgment letters for contributions over $250; otherwise, your canceled check serves as a receipt.

Harriman Maps

WOC '93 maps of Harriman State Park, NY, are available for purchase from HVO and the U.S. Team, with the proceeds benefiting the U.S. Team.

Team Trials

The Team is currently looking for clubs to host the U.S. Team Trials for 2014 and beyond. Please email the ESC (usotesc-owner [at] yahoogroups [dot] com) for more information.

Team Administrator: Lex Bundschuh (unofam [at] aol [dot] com)
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