The US Senior Team Review Panel, consisting of Peggy Dickison, Glen Tryson & Jeff Saeger, are pleased to announce this year’s team to compete at the World Orienteering Championships to be held in early July in the Czech Republic.
AJ Riley (pictured here competing in the middle distance race in Czechia on Saturday) earned an automatic spot at last month’s team trials. Since he was the only TeamUSA athlete competing at the Team Selection races this past weekend in Czechia that event became a non-factor in the selection, but the Review Panel elected to wait until after the Selection Races for other results.
The US Team Trials 2-day scoring list was used as the primary selection tool, but the panel also used the Team Trial Sprint results as well as 2019-2020 rankings and other race results. The Team Trials had some very strong results and some close scoring made the selection process interesting.
AJ Riley – automatic selection
Joe Barrett – automatic selection
Greg Ahlswede – declined
1st alternate – Michael Laraia
2nd alternate – Thomas Laraia
Angelica Riley – automatic selection
Sydney Fisher – automatic selection
Four TeamUSA athletes had previously earned personal starts for this year’s WOC. Unfortunately, all four have declined: Ali Crocker and Tori Borish for family reasons, and Morten Jorgensen and Anton Salmenkyla because of injuries. We wish them all the best and hope to see them back next year.
The ESC would also like to announce that Dasa Merka, a Czech native and Alex’s mom, has agreed to act as the Team Administrator. Congratulation to all the athletes that will represent the USA at the World Champs next month!!
JWOC 2021 has been postponed to September 5-10, 2021 due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on preparations for the event. The deadline for the submission of petitions for selection to the US JWOC team has been extended to June 5, 2021 with the announcement of the team to be made no later than June 15, 2021. Team selection criteria can be found here.
The IOF has announced general COVID-19 policies to minimize risk at world orienteering events. These policies mean that the JWOC experience will be very different this year. All participants at JWOC 2021 will enter and remain in an Event Bubble dependent upon negative PCR tests and there will be strict rules to avoid contacts outside the Bubble and minimize contacts within the Bubble. OUSA will be upholding all of the IOF and local organizer’s COVID-19 restrictions. Please take these policies into consideration when deciding to submit a petition for JWOC team membership.
Following a meeting on April 23, 2021, the IOF made the following announcement regarding the 2021 JWOC:
“The organisers and regional authorities in Turkey have requested that the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) 2021 be postponed from July to new dates in September 2021. The July dates are no longer possible due to planning difficulties caused by the pandemic. The new dates will be confirmed next week.”
The second video highlights the Southeastern Interscholastic Orienteering Championships held in conjunction with the O-Fest.
In addition, Orienteering USA has uploaded much of the raw, unedited video footage to a Google Drive for downloading by schools, clubs and individuals to utilize in creating derivative media for publicity. The majority of clips are sorted/titled by date, school, bib# and name to facilitate identifying useful content. Any media used should credit/tag Orienteering USA. The content in these folders will be deleted at the end of April, so grab any clips you want now.
Orienteering USA’s Junior Team Executive Steering Committee (JTESC) is pleased to announce the athletes in the National Junior Program for 2021. Due to the lack of competition in 2020, no changes to team placement into the Junior National Team (JNT) were made at this time. Applications to the Junior Development Team (JDT) are accepted year round. JDT athletes who applied to be considered for the JNT may be moved up as they reach JNT performance targets.
2021 Junior National Team Diana Aleksieva, QOC Jessica Colleran, COC Christiane Fletcher, GAOC Bridget Hall, NEOC Keegan Harkavy, NEOC Kirsten Mayland, DVOA Alex (Alexis) Merka, QOC AJ (Anthony) Riley, DVOA David Runde, MNOC, KristiansandOK Emilia Schmidt, QOC, Tampereen Pyrintö Adrian Vartia, OK Löftan Sweden
Junior Development Team Max Ahmed, QOC Jack Barkley, COC Ben Brady, COC Ian Dunlap, OLOU Mori Finlayson-Johnecheck, NEOC/CSU Luke Menzie, COC Jasper Ralinovsky, OCIN Oriana Riley, DVOA Zoe Sibthorp, COC Ava Suhocki, DVOA Aubree Winters, COC
The JWOC Selection Committee will choose up to six young male and six young female athletes to represent the USA at the 2021 Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in Turkey. In order to be considered a candidate for 2021 JWOC Team Selection, a junior (born in 2001 or later) must meet the IOF eligibility requirements and also declare his/her intent to seek selection by petition.
Because of the uncertainty pertaining to the international organization of and ability to travel to JWOC created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the inability to safely schedule fair JWOC Team Trials as well as the lack of orienteering competitions in 2020, the 2021 JWOC Team Selection will proceed by petition for all athletes who wish to be considered for the team.
The petition shall be evaluated by the Selection Committee using the Team Selection Reviewing Rubrics. The completed petition should include as much of the requested information as possible, and be sent to email@example.com by May 5, 2021. The Selection Committee will announce the team on or before May 10, 2021.
The Orienteering USA Executive Steering Committee (ESC) is pleased to announce the Senior Team for 2021. Due to the lack of competition in 2020, no changes to team placement were made in the Elite & Performance squads. The Development squad welcomes three new members: Bridget Hall (NEOC), A.J. Riley (DVOA) and Danny Riley (CAOC).
2021 US Senior Team
Elite Greg Ahlswede Ali Crocker Morten Jorgenson Anton Salmenkyla
Performance Giacomo Barbone Tori Borish Alison Campbell Will Enger Syd Fisher
Development Joe Barrett Evalin Brautigam Tyra Christopherson Julia Doubson Bridget Hall* Michael Laraia Thomas Laraia A.J. Riley* Danny Riley* * denotes new members
Updated Program Information for the 2021 Junior Program, which includes both the National Team and Development Team, has been uploaded to the Orienteering USA website. Applications are due by Sunday, January 3rd, 2021. Full information and links to application materials can be found on the Orienteering USA website.
Applications are now being accepted for the US National Foot-O Team for the 2021 season. Please note that valid Safesport certification is required to be named to the team. Orienteering USA covers the cost of Safesport training as a member benefit.