U.S. Team at 2014 World Orienteering Championships

July 5-13, 2014

Trentino-Veneto, Italy

 


The United States sent a talented team of orienteers to Italy for the 2014 World Orienteering Championships. Race assignments, results and links to maps and photos are below.


Left to right: Ethan Childs, Tori Borish, Giacomo Barbone, Alex Jospe, Wyatt Riley,
Hannah Culberg, Eric Bone, Samantha Saeger, Ross Smith, Alison Crocker
Photo: Ken Walker Jr. Click photo for larger photo and more albums from WOC 2014

Useful links -

Photos:

U.S. Team: (listed alphabetically)

  • Giacomo Barbone, CSU
  • Eric Bone, COC
  • Tori Borish, COC
  • Ethan Childs, GMOC
  • Hannah (Burgess) Culberg, COC
  • Alison Crocker, CSU
  • Alexandra Jospé, CSU
  • Wyatt Riley, DVOA
  • Samantha Saeger, NEOC, OK Linne
  • Ross Smith, CSU, OK Linne
  • Team Coach: Tom Hollowell, Jr

Alternates:

  • Cristina Luis (TSN, Nydalens SK)
  • Ken Walker, Jr (CSU)

Program and Race Assignments (scroll down for results):

July 5 — Sprint Qualification

  • Women: Heat A - Alison Crocker; Heat B - Tori Borish; Heat C - Samantha SaegerSam qualified 15th in her heat
  • Men: Heat A - Ethan Childs; Heat B - Giacomo Barbone; Heat C - Ross Smith

July 5 Sprint Finals: Samantha Saeger finished 32nd of 45 starters, 2:40 behind the winner

July 7 Sprint Relay: Samantha Saeger / Ross Smith / Ethan Childs / Alison Crocker

July 9 Long Final: Alison Crocker, Alex Jospe, Eric Bone - Ali Crocker finished 26th of 67 starters; 12:20 behind the winner

July 10 - rest day

July 11 Middle Final: Hannah Culberg, Alison Crocker, Wyatt Riley

July 12 Relay (plus Closing Ceremonies and Banquet)

  • Women: Samantha Saeger, Alex Jospe, Alison Crocker - finished 17th of 28 teams
  • Men: Giacomo Barbone, Ethan Childs, Eric Bone - finished 28th of 34 teams

Results

(NOTE: Results links are to PDF documents; map links may 'break' at some point)

July 5 Sprint Qualification results for Women / Men (top 15 per qualification heat advance to Finals) (links to maps and details...right-hand column; scroll down) - Winsplits for all sprint qualification heats

  • Women:
    • Heat A - Winner: Emma Klingenberg (DEN), 12:57; USA: Alison Crocker, 18:07 (30th)
    • Heat B - Winner: Tove Alexandersson (SWE), 13:38; CAN: Tori Owen, 17:17 (24th); USA: Tori Borish, 17:45 (26th)
    • Heat C - Winner: Lena Eliasson (SWE), 13:39; USA: Samantha Saeger, 15:01 (15th) — Sam qualified for the Spint Final
  • Men:
    • Heat A - Winner: Daniel Hubmann (SUI), 12:37; CAN: Damien Konotopetz, 14:18 (26th); USA: Ethan Childs, 14:46 (28th)  (photo > )
    • Heat B - Winner: Jonas Leandersson (SWE), 12:30; CAN: Will Critchley, 13:23 (T-18th); USA: Giacomo Barbone, 15:28 (35th)
    • Heat C - Winner: Yannick Michiels (BEL), 12:46; USA: Ross Smith, 13:59 (23rd); CAN: Robbie Anderson, 14:01 (24th)

July 5 Sprint Finals (women's map) (men's map) - Winsplits

  • Women: (45 finishers; 4.5 km / 18c)
    Team USA's Samantha Saeger finished in 32nd place, 2:40 behind leader Judith Wyder (SUI)
    • 1 - Judith Ryder (SUI), 15:32.0
    • 2 - Tove Alexandersson (SWE), 15:43.9
    • 3 - Maja Moeller Alm (DEN),    15:45.7
    • 32 - Samantha Saeger (USA), 18:12.4  (photo > )
  • Men(45 finishers; 4.4km / 20c)
    • 1 - Soren Bobach (DEN), 15:37.2
    • 2 - Daniel Hubmann (SUI), 15:39.3
    • 3 - Tue Lassen (DEN), 15:41.4

July 7 — Mixed Sprint Relay: (Relay map showing forkings) Team USA had an unfortunate mispunch. Read more on the Team USA Blog. - Winsplits

July 8 rest day

July 9 Long Finals (women's map) (men's map A / map B) - Winsplits

  • Women: (67 finishers; 11 km / 493m / 23c)
    Alison Crocker finished in 26th place, about 12:20 behind leader Svetlana Mironova of Russia
    • 1 - Svetlana Mironova (RUS), 1:19:44
    • 2 - Tove Alexandersson (SWE), 1:20:15
    • 3 - Judith Wyder (SUI), 1:20:34
    • 25 - Emily Kemp (CAN), 1:30:58
    • 26 - Alison Crocker, 1:32:04   (photo  > )
    • 38 - Louise Oram (CAN), 1:36:29
    • 52 - Alex Jospe, 1:45:12
  • Men: (84 finishers; 16.36 km / 820m / 33c)
    • 1 - Thierry Gueorgiou (FRA), 1:34:45   
    • 2 - Daniel Hubmann (SUI), 1:36:25
    • 3 - Olaf Lundanes (NOR), 1:37:09
    • 61 - Eric Bone, 2:18:52   (photo  > )
    • 64 - Robbie Anderson (CAN), 2:21:49

July 10 rest day

July 11 Middle Finals (women's map; men's map) - Winsplits

  • Women: (70 finishers; 4.96 km / 230m / 16c)
    • 1 - Annika Billstam (SWE), 37:03
    • 2 - Ida Bobach (DEN), 37:25
    • 3 - Tove Alexandersson (SWE), 37:27
    • 11 - Emily Kemp (CAN), 41:19
    • 28 - Louise Oram (CAN), 45:43
    • 41T - Alison Crocker, 48:43
    • 59 - Hannah Culberg, 58:42  (photo  > )
  • Men (83 finishers; 5.86 km / 290m /1 9c):
    • 1 - Olav Lundanes (NOR), 38:12
    • 2 - Fabian Hertner (SUI), 38:30
    • 3 - Oleksandr Kratov (UKR), 38:46
    • 55 - Eric Kemp (CAN), 50:54
    • 66 - Wyatt Riley, 1:03:25  (photo  > )

July 12 — Relay (> Course information and map links) - Winsplits

  • Women (28 teams)
    • 1 - Switzerland, 1:51:21 (Sara Luescher, Sabine Hauswirth, Judith Wyder)
    • 2 - Denmark, 1:51:32 (Emma Klingenberg, Ida Bobach, Maja Moeller Alm)
    • 3 - Sweden, 1:53:56 (Helen Jansson, Annika Billstam, Tove Alexandersson)
    • 17 - USA, 2:20:45 (Samantha Saeger, Alex Jospe, Alison Crocker)
    • 19 - Canada, 2:24:27 (Emily Kemp, Louise Oram, Tori Owen)
  • Men (34 teams)
    • 1 - Sweden, 1:56:49 (Jonas Leandersson, Fredrik Johansson, Gustav Bergman)
    • 2 - Switzerland, 1:57:58 (Fabian Hertner, Daniel Hubmann, Matthias Kyburz)
    • 3 - France, 1:58:03 (Frederic Tranchand, Francois Gonon, Thierry Gueorgiou)
    • 28 - USA, 2:41:00 (Giacomo Barbone, Ethan Childs, Eric Bone)
    • 31 - Canada, 2:47:19 (Will Critchley, Robbie Anderson, Eric Kemp)

 

Below (l-r): Alex Jospe, Tori Borish, Ross Smith


Alex Jospe's Blog, with posts about WOC 2014

Team USA Blog posts about WOC 2014:

WOC
      Countdown - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/countdown-to-woc-arrival-to-lavarone.html
      WOC starts tomorrow - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/woc-starts-tomorrow.html
Sprint qualifiers
      Pre-qual - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/sprint-q-start-times-for-usa.html
      Qual recap - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/sprint-qual-recap-sam-through-to-final.html
Sprint final
      Sam 32nd - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/sam-32nd-in-sprint.html
      Sprint finals photos - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/more-photos-from-sprint-final.html
Sprint relay
      Making history - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/making-history-mixed-sprint-relay-today.html
      Highs and lows - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-highs-and-lows-of-sport.html
      In the mood - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-soundtrack-to-great-race.html
Long
     Going the distance - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/going-distance.html
     Good day on Long - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/good-day-in-long-for-usa.html
     Eric on Long - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/eric-on-long.html
Middle
     Ready for middle - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/ready-for-middle-final.html
     Challenging - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/usa-and-challenging-middle-distance.html
Relay
     Relay time! - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/relay-time.html
     Relay drama - http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/2014/07/relay-drama.html


2014 U.S. Senior Team

> Announcement of 2014 U.S. Orienteering Team

Women

Men

Alison CrockerEric Bone
Samantha SaegerRoss Smith
Hannah CulbergWyatt Riley
Alex JospeGiacomo Barbone
Alison CampbellJordan Laughlin
Cristina LuisKen Walker, Jr
Anna Shafer-SkeltonEthan Childs
Kseniya PopovaIan Smith
Tori BorishGregory Ahlswede
 William Enger
 Jacob Grant
 Zachary Schroeder
 John Hensley Williams

Women

Alison Crocker

Home: Toledo, Ohio
Year of birth: 1984
Occupation: Astrophysics post-doc
Club: Cambridge Sports Union
International experience: WOC 2010-2012, Ski-WOC 2011 and 2013

Do you have any prerace rituals?

Not too dedicated ones. I run for about 10 minutes and do a set of warm-up drills. Mentally, I think about what the terrain will be like, what choices the course setter might have put on the course given the terrain, stuff like that. But I’m now convinced that for long races, I need the during-race ritual of taking water and energy gel, which I hadn’t really done before this year. It really helps after about an hour in, and definitely if the race is longer than 90 minutes.

Samantha Saeger

Home: Uppsala, Sweden

Year of birth: 1982

Occupation: Former teacher

Club: New England Orienteering Club, OK Linné

International experience: JWOC 1992-2002, WUOC 2006, 2008, WOC 2005-12



How did you get into orienteering?

I started orienteering with my family when I was quite young. My parents used to have to drag me and my sister to local orienteering events. I enjoyed going to A-meets more because then I could hang out with my friends. When I was about 10 I went out on my first white course alone at an A-meet. I won a gold calculator, which I still own.

What do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

My training is actually quite different this year. I moved to Sweden at the end of last summer and a much higher percentage of my training is actual orienteering. In the past, I spent more of my training hours doing physical workouts on hard surfaces, like roads and tracks. Now almost all of my training is done in terrain or on trails. Will this be the key to my success? I’m not sure yet :) Now that the spring season is fast approaching, I’m trying to get more of a balance between my technical trainings and my physical trainings.


Hannah Culberg

Home: Washington
Year of Birth: 1990
Occupation:
Club: Cascade Orienteering Club
International Experience: JWOC 2010, WUOC 2010, WOC 2011-12

 

How did you get into orienteering?

I started racing with the West Point team in 2008. I wasn’t very good starting out, and I owe a pretty big debt  to MAJs Jon and Victoria Campbell for all their coaching and weekend O expeditions that year. Somewhere along the line, I decided I really loved this stuff, and started training more seriously.

Do you have any pre-race rituals?

I prefer to warm-up with a map whenever I can - events with warm-up maps are great. If not, I try to bring some map along that I can look at while I jog around, just to get my mind into the right state for racing.


Alexandra Jospe

Home: Newton, Massachusetts
Year of birth: 1984
Occupation: Regional GIS Analyst at The Nature Conservancy
Club: Cambridge Sports Union
International experience: WOC 2011-12, SkiO WC 2012#1, Ski-WOC 2013


How do you contribute to orienteering in general?

I try to give back to orienteering as much as I feasibly can, because I recognize how much other people do in order for me to compete. I do a lot of control pick-up at local meets, and am directing two meets for NEOC this year, setting two sprints for CSU, as well as vetting and setting courses for the Western MA 5-day events. Beyond the competitive side of things, I try to expose my junior skiers to as much orienteering as possible, and that is truly rewarding to see how much they enjoy it!

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?

Orienteering is a physical sport, and to be good at it, you have to be fast and strong as well as smart. Even if you can't get into the forest, keep training on the roads - volume matters, and so does quality. If you're super crunched for time, focus on the quality work.


Alison Campbell

Home: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Year of birth: 1991
Occupation: Engineering student
Club: Delaware Valley Orienteering Association, EUOC
International experience: JWOC 2009-2011, WUOC 2010 and 2012


What do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Having moved to Edinburgh I have gotten to join a very active student club and therefore have had access to more training opportunities in university than I might otherwise have had. Also from being in the UK, I have been able to get on many maps of varying terrain. At first they were very challenging for me; however because of that I was forced to really look at how I orienteer and what my strong points are. That reflection has really boosted my confidence and i have been able to focus on my weaknesses. Over the last year or so I have also focused on my physical fitness a lot more, and trying to just get some consistency and quality training in. But mostly I have learned that I enjoy orienteering, I enjoy being out in the woods challenging myself and that my best runs are when I go out and just enjoy doing what I love.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?

My advice would be get on as many maps as possible and as different as possible. Also make sure you have a strong physical fitness base. Then it is all about consistency and process!


Cristina Luis

Home: Sudbury, Massachusetts / Oslo, Norway
Year of birth: 1979
Occupation: Teacher, math and science
Club: Nydalens SK
International experience: World Cup 2007, WOC 2009


How did you get into orienteering?

I’ve always been really into maps, but unfortunately I didn’t get out to a real orienteering course until my senior year of college. The Rochester Orienteering Club dropped a stack of brochures off for the Outdoors Club, and I went with a small group to a local meet. I was hooked, though it took a few years before I realized how much was out there and how much I could do with the sport.


Anna Shafer-Skelton

Home: Newton, Massachusetts
Year of birth: 1989
Occupation: Graphic Designer (Janji); Research Assistant (Harvard Vision Lab)
Club: Cambridge Sports Union, New England Orienteering Club, Saint Louis Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 2006, 2008-9, WUOC 2008


What do you currently do in your training that's key to your success?

I found an apartment that's 3 minutes away from an orienteering map, so I've been able to get some quality O' and terrain running in on weekdays. Alex has a terrain loop on the same map, so sometimes we do terrain intervals and bring along armchair exercises. And I try to go to as many CSU trainings as I can

I also try to be patient and not get ahead of myself with my training volume. In January, I was only able to run 15 miles a week, which meant I had to run two categories below my age class. I felt pretty lame to be competing against 17-year-olds, but it was the best choice for me because it was short enough that I was practicing good technique at a fast pace.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?

Find a coach, set up a regular schedule for checking in, and find a way to hold yourself accountable for the trainings you get assigned.


Kseniya Popova

Home: West Orange, New Jersey
Year of birth: 1986
Occupation: Formulation chemist
Club: Hudson Valley Orienteering
International experience: n/a


How did you get into orienteering?

I began orienteering as a helpless fetus in my mother’s belly and have since progressed to running and navigating solely on my own. My mom was an orienteering and mountaineering coach back in Russia, and taught school children how to navigate the beautiful pine and birch forests in the vicinity of my hometown of Perm. She has remained my coach throughout the years and in the United States.

What do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

I found that doing a variety of athletic activities to be very beneficial for my overall physical fitness, as well as preventing mental fatigue of doing too much of a one thing. I do cross-country skiing and snowboarding in the winter, perform strength training throughout the year, take dance classes, bike, swim, and run, of course. I have been able to decrease the number and severity of bodily injuries by learning to listen to my body this way. Psychological aspects, such as confidence and motivation, have also been very important in my growth as an athlete. Although learning to let go of doubts or learning to like mistakes does not involve a specific training strategy, appreciating these mental attributes in my training and racing has definitely played a role in my orienteering abilities.


Tori Borish

Home: Seattle, Washington
Year of birth: 1989
Occupation: Physics PhD student
Club: Cascade Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 2008-2009, WUOC 2010

How did you get into orienteering?

My friend from high school, Holly Kuestner, told me about orienteering and invited me to come to one of the WIOL (local school league) meets. I went, and after spending at least 5 minutes hiding behind a tree near the start just trying to orient my map, I enjoyed the rest of the course. I went to all the local meets that season, and after my first A-meet (an Interscholastics championship), I was hooked.

Do you have any pre-race rituals?

For at least half an hour before my start, I try to focus only on orienteering. If there's a warm-up map, I will go out on that either walking or jogging, and if not I will bring an old map of the area (or any other orienteering map I happen to have) with me on my warm-up jog. If I don't have any map with me, I will look at the terrain and try to visualize how it will be mapped. Doing this really helps me focus so I can have a clean first control.


Men

Eric Bone

Home: Seattle, Washington
Year of birth: 1974
Occupation: Owner, MerGeo
Club: Cascade Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 1994; WOC 1995, '97, '99, '01, '03, '05-'10, 2012

What do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

I’m focusing mostly on my aerobic base training this year. I have always had a fairly high VO2max relative to my aerobic capacity, so I thought I would try emphasizing aerobic training, even if that means not quite as much strength training or as many intervals. Whether this will lead to success is yet to be seen, but I was pretty satisfied with my fitness at the U.S. Champs and Team Trials in Georgia.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?

Training works. If you have the passion and discipline to keep working at something consistently for some years--even if it is hard or if there are bumps and set-backs--you will reap the rewards in not only improved performance, but also in finding new enjoyment of the sport.


Ross SmithRoss Smith

Home: Uppsala, Sweden
Year of birth: 1983
Occupation: Researcher
Club: Cambridge Sports Union, New England Orienteering Club, OK Linné
International experience: JWOC 1999-2003, WOC 2008-2011

What do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Currently, I have made a drastic change in my training, by moving with my fiancee, Samantha, to Sweden. We chose to move to Uppsala in the summer of 2011 because we wanted to train with the local club, OK Linné, and because it would be easier to orienteer more if we lived in Scandinavia. We do a lot of training with the club here which is contributing to any success I have as an athlete, including weekly gym workouts, interval session, and night orienteering. But most important is the great focus on doing lots of orienteering, and we get out onto maps many days a week (2-7).

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?

My advice to aspiring athletes is pretty much the same as it was last year, namely train with other people to help you stay motivated. If you need a good group of people to train with, move (or just visit) to Boston and join one of the most active orienteering scenes in terms of training in the US.


Giacomo Barbone

Home: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Year of birth: 1991
Occupation: Chemistry and Physics Undergraduate at Harvard University
Clubs: Cambridge Sports Union
International experience: JWOC 2011, WOC 2012

 

How did you get into orienteering?

I learned about Orienteering during Middle School in Italy, and started training in High School on the side of soccer practice. After a long time spent in Trieste, Italy, I am now back in the States living in the city where I was born, very happy of the O-community in the Boston area. In the U.S., I've run for Vulcan Orienteering Club at local meets in Birmingham, Alabama, and I am now a member of CSU. Today as yesterday, I love this sport for its connection to nature, its mental, technical and physical challenges and a tightly-knit, unique and inspiring international community.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?

Train hard and you will be rewarded. Results will be visible and tangible and will give you an ever new perspective on the sport. To succeed you want strive to be as humble as possible but at the same time very eager to improve, always ready for more training but also well organized in order to make your efforts productive.


Wyatt Riley

Home: Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania
Year of birth: 1973
Occupation: GPS Engineering Lead at Qualcomm
Clubs: Delaware Valley Orienteering Association
International experience: WOC 2008, 2009, 2011; 3 World Cup weeks in the '90's


Fun fact: At my job, I help tune GPS accuracy for hundreds of different end-devices - and I keep in mind the orienteering post-analysis use case when doing that work!

Goals for WOC: Clean, strong orienteering results, where clean is less time lost than the average qualifier, and strong is as fast as I can go...


Ken Walker, Jr

Home: Bethesda, Maryland
Year of birth: 1978
Occupation: Software Engineer
Club: Cambridge Sports Union and Quantico Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 1996-1998, WUOC 1998, WOC 2001, 2011

 

Fun fact:  At my wedding I wore orienteering socks instead of whatever was supposed to go with my tuxedo.


Brendan Shields

Home: Somerville, Massachusetts
Year of birth: 1983
Occupation: Quantum Physicist
Club: Cambridge Sports Union
International experience: WUOC 2006, 2010


How did you get into orienteering?

I started orienteering with Backwoods OK in Raleigh, NC when I was a senior in high school, training and competing with my school's team.  The following year I moved to Boston to start school at MIT, joined Cambridge Sports Union, and things took off from there.

What do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

We have a close-knit community in the Boston area and our training group is very active, which is a big motivator.  My orienteering-specific training is targeted at improving my processes for map reading and concentration.  For fitness, I try to get in one track workout, one long session, one strength session, and one O session each week.  Within those general guidelines, flexibility is key.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?

Have a long term vision for yourself: where do you want to be in a year or two years or five years?  Develop a strategy to achieve that vision, and test your strategy.  Ask questions, but look to yourself for the answers.


Ethan Childs

Home: Williston, Vermont
Year of birth: 1994
Occupation: Student
Club: Green Mountain Orienteering Club
International experience: Two JWOCs, three Oringens, two Fin 5-Days,  two Swiss O-Weeks, and various other events and training camps.

How did you get into orienteering ?

I was born into orienteering. My parents actually met through the  sport, so in some ways I was orienteering before I was born. Since we  were able to walk, my parents had my brother and I participating in string-O courses and shadowing us on basic white (beginner) courses, and  eventually would make each of us complete white courses on our own.  Much later, when I was around thirteen (give or take a year), my  parents sent my brother and I on a junior trip out west with John  Fredrickson who helped inspire many juniors to try to qualify for  JWOC. Ever since I've been orienteering more competitively and trying  to accomplish more than I did the year before.

Ian Smith

Home: Boston, Massachusetts
Year of birth: 1985
Occupation: Computational Biologist
Club: New England Orienteering Club
International experience: none


How did you get into orienteering?

I started orienteering in 2007, just after I finished college, at the behest of several of my friends who were much more experienced. I started attending local meets in the Boston area and have been active and actively improving ever since. It was very fortunate for me that orienteering events happen frequently — approximately weekly — in the northeastern U.S. My development was made possible by many events and a vibrant and encouraging community of orienteers.  

What are your aspirations in orienteering?

My athletic experience is not extensive; I rowed crew for a year in college and have tried to mold myself into a distance runner as part of my orienteering. However, I am very competitive and ambitious.  It's not realistic to think that I could win a world championship, but there are many degrees of success. I want to race against the very best in the U.S. and world, to represent the U.S. at the World Championships, and to find out how good I can become. 

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?  

Train hard, intelligently, and consistently. Orienteering is a unique combination of skills, requiring speed, endurance, strength, concentration, problem solving, and ability to perform under pressure. A regular distance running training regimen is critical, as is time spent thinking about and working on orienteering problems. Ideally, all our training would be specific — running in the woods; running on maps. Training to orienteer well is much like learning to play a musical instrument. Each skill must be practiced repetitively in isolation and in combination.


Greg Ahlswede

Home: Philadelphia, PA. Currently Moralzarzal, Spain
Year of birth: 1990
Occupation: English Teacher
Club: Delaware Valley Orienteering Association, Escondite
International experience: Jukola 2007, JWOC 2009-10; racing in Spain during 2012, 2013 and 2014
 

How do you contribute to orienteering in general?

I try my best to get more people to try the sport. As it grows, however slowly, the increased interest seems to spark more interest and consequently more competition. Also it's fun to have more friends around.


William Enger

Home: Seattle, Washington
Year of birth: 1986
Occupation: Sales (Fluid Power)
Club: Sammamish (SAMM) / Cascade Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 2005

How did you get into orienteering?

I've been orienteering since before I can remember, thanks to my father, Dave Enger. I went to JWOC once in high school, then drifted away from the sport in the next few years. I began training seriously for the first time after the U.S. Relay Champs in December 2012, when I realized that I wanted to be like all the guys (and gals) who were faster than me!

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?

Never fail to believe in yourself and stick to your training plans, because your goals may not be as far off as they sometimes seem. And once in a while, stop to think positively about how fortunate you are to be able to do the things you can do, both in orienteering and in life.

Who are your orienteering idols?

My dad, and the rest of the gang at Sammamish OC!


Jacob Grant

Home: Atlanta, Georgia
Year of birth: 1993
Occupation: Cadet, U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
Club: USMA Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 2013


Do you have any pre-race rituals?

Before each race, I try to get about a 10 minute warm-up in (with warm-up clothing on if possible) while carrying a map of the area.  While I'm jogging, I'll look at the map and pretend to thumb along, visualizing what I'd be seeing, checking off, collecting as I run through that course in my head.  It allows me to get into the terrain while I shake my legs out from the ride over.  Next, I'll jog to the start 5-10 minutes early and go to the warm-up/practice map area and do 2-3 sprints through the woods there. After that, I'll do some final stretches and grab a cup of water before I start! It's pretty straightforward, but it helps me relax and get into the flow of the course more quickly.


Zachary Schroeder

Home: Madison, Wisconsin
Year of birth: 1991
Occupation: Officer, U.S. Army
Club: USMA Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 2011


Do you have any pre-race rituals?

Before a race I like to warm up with a nice jog and listen to some great Taylor Swift songs.


John Hensley Williams

Home: Atlanta, Georgia
Year of birth: 1992
Occupation: Cadet at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
Club: USMA Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 2009-10,12; WUOC 2012

How did you get into orienteering?

Before I could walk, my mother would take me on the course in a baby backpack. I got into competitive orienteering my beginning year of high school by joining my school’s JROTC Orienteering Team.

How do you contribute to orienteering in general?

I help my teammates at West Point by sharing my experiences and knowledge in order to help improve their orienteering ability.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?

I learned best by traveling around the States and across Europe, for in doing so I was able to race on a multitude of maps and a wide range of terrain. I tried new things and old techniques on these many terrains and was able to discover what skills worked with which terrains. Getting out to different events will help you tackle new terrain and courses with confidence and competence, and it will help you improve on lands you are already familiar with.

What are your aspirations in orienteering?

To represent the United States at the international level.