2019 U.S. National Team Members

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Members of the 2019 National Orienteering Team

Women

Men

Elite Team

Tori BorishGregory Ahlswede
Ali CrockerGiacomo Barbone
 Eric Bone
 Morten Jørgensen
 Jordan Laughlin
 Anton Salmenkylä

Performance Team

Alison CampbellWill Enger
Syd Fisher 

Development Team

Brigitte BordelonMartin Heir
Siri ChristophersonMichael Laraia
Tyra Christopherson 
Åsne Skram Trømborg 

posted 7 May 2019
 


Women

Brigitte Bordelon

Home: San Antonio, TX
Year of birth: 1998
Occupation: Cadet
Club: United States Military Academy Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 2018, WUOC 2018

What do you currently do in your training that is key to your success?
I currently try to work in a good amount of cross-training to my physical training schedule (such as weightlifting, cycling, and Crossfit) as much as possible. I've found that doing so not only keeps training fun, but also makes me a more durable athlete. I think for me, right now staying healthy and avoiding burnout are key, since I have a long track record of injuries.

What is your training focus this year?
My focus this upcoming season will be getting my 3k/5k times down and working primarily on sprint training, since my big goal right now is WOC 2020.


Tori Borish

Home: Stanford, California
Year of birth: 1989
Occupation: PhD student / Applied Physics
Club: Bay Area Orienteering Club / Cascade Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 2008-2009, WUOC 2010, 2014 and 2016, WOC 2014-15, 2018

What is your training focus this year?
This year, I'm starting to train for races in the summer of 2020 (hopefully sprint WOC and NAOC). I'm focusing more on running training than orienteering right now to improve my speed. I'm trying to get in a sprint course on Stanford's campus once a week.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?
Find ways to make your training fun - whether that's coordinating with friends, joining a local running club, or even just bringing orienteering maps or podcasts along on runs you're not excited about. It's so much easier to get in the training you need when you're happy about getting out the door.

Ali Crocker

Home: Portland, Oregon
Year of birth: 1984
Occupation: Assistant Professor of Physics
Club: Columbia River Orienteering Club
International experience: WOC 2010-15, 2018

What is your training focus this year?
My training focus this year has been on working up on physical conditioning to be in good shape to race the WOC Long in Norway. Earning a personal spot at last summer's NAOCs in the Yukon allowed me to make this a certain long-term goal of the year. Prior to a recent injury, I was on a great trajectory with a good double tempo session each week, a long run on weekends and alternating hills and track sessions for intensity. Unfortunately, a recent injury has temporarily derailed that plan, but I'm now trying to do all the right things for best injury recovery so I can return to getting into excellent physical shape.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?
Have a plan and know what needs doing each day, each week, each month, each year. Adjustments to the plan are fine and will be necessary when you get sick/injured/life complicates things. But starting from a plan that will set you up to where you want to be is the right first step. And also, have fun — this sport is such a delight and I feel lucky every race I get to do. It's really easy to be hard on yourself when you make a mistake, but remember each mistake is something you can learn from and improve your repertoire of O-knowledge and perhaps highlights a skill to be worked on.


Alison Campbell

Home: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Scotland
Year of birth: 1991
Occupation:
Club: Delaware Valley Orienteering Association, BASOC
International experience: JWOC 2009-2011; WUOC 2010, 2012, 2014; WOC 2013, 2015, 2017


Siri Christopherson

Home: Renton, Washington / Bozeman, Montana
Year of birth: 1999
Occupation: Student
Club: Cascade Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 2017, JWOC 2018

What changes to your training have you made over the past year to make you more successful?
Fall training consisted of base building and endurance workouts. That mixed with strength, plyometrics, and this spring's speed workouts are helping me to become a strong orienteer.

What is your training focus this year?
This July I will be competing in my third and final JWOC. As this is the first year I am not part of a track or cross country team, all my training has been focused towards performing to the best of my abilities at JWOC, particularly in the Long.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?
Make sure you're doing it for yourself. If you find yourself wrapped up in expectations and the need to prove yourself, ask yourself: Am I doing this for recognition? Or am I doing this for the love of the competition and sport?


Tyra Christopherson

Home: Bozeman, Montana | Renton, Washington
Year of birth: 1998
Occupation: Student
Club: Cascade Orienteering Club
International experience: NAOC 2016, '18; JWOC 2015-18, WOC 2017-18

What event/s have you been to that were really special for you?
My first international experience at JWOC 2015 in Norway was a truly special event for me. Seeing what orienteering really could be was incredibly eye-opening and inspiring. I learned so much about orienteering during that first JWOC.

What do you currently do in your training that is key to your success?
I really try to keep things fun. If I'm not having fun with what I'm doing, then what's the point to it? By keeping everything fun, while also looking ahead to the big exciting goals, I'm able to keep myself engaged and excited about my training.


Syd Fisher

Home: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Year of birth: 1991
Occupation: Chemical engineer
Club: Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club
International experience: 2017 New Zealand O' Champs

What is your training focus this year?
My focus this year is on improving my running fitness and speed. I’ve been increasing my mileage and including more speed/hill workouts in my weekly routine this spring. The remainder of the year will be a continuation of this focus while also incorporating technical training to translate the physical gains to faster orienteering.  

What is your favorite type of terrain?
I enjoy technical terrain with detailed contours. Mostly I just love orienteering, so I have fun on well-designed courses in any terrain!


Åsne Skram Trømborg

Home: Trondheim, Norway (Madison, Wisconsin fall 2019)
Year of birth: 1996
Occupation: Student
Club: NTNUI, Norway (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitets idrettsforening)
International experience: JWOC 2016

What do you currently do in your training that is key to your success?
I always try to listen to my body, have fun and challenge myself. One of my goals this year was to have continuity in my training as well as high quality in my intervals, which really pays off in the end. To manage this I need to adjust my training when needed, but also push some boundaries to tolerate higher training amounts.

What event/s have you been to that were really special for you?
JWOC 2016 was very special for me. [It was my] first time running an international competition and first time running with the U.S. team. Getting to know the team, run big competitions in the beautiful nature of Switzerland and make many new friends made this week one of my best orienteering memories.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?
Have fun and don't give up!



Men

Greg Ahlswede

Home: Philadelphia, PA
Year of birth: 1990
Occupation: Junior Development Coach, Translator
Club: Delaware Valley Orienteering Association, Escondite (Spain)
International experience: JWOC 2009-10; WOC 2015, 2017-18

What is your training focus this year?
Developing my technical ability in complicated, low-visibility terrains with as many hours in the terrain as possible.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?
Aim to make the training and competition as fun as possible. That will continue to motivate you through the hard parts of the journey.

Who is your "O" idol?
Naturally, Thierry Gueorgiou, but more recently Morten Jørgensen ; )


Giacomo Barbone

Home: Munich, Germany
Year of birth: 1991
Occupation: PhD Student
Clubs: Cambridge Sports Union; O'Jura (France); Agrosso (Italy)
International experience: JWOC 2011; WUOC 2014 and '16; WOC 2012, 2014-18

What is your training focus this year?
My training focus for 2019 is building a solid fitness base for 2020 and 2021, years where I hope to be more active with the goal to qualify for Sprint WOC 2020 in Denmark, forest WOC 2021 in the Czech Republic, and possibly the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. My weekly goal is to complete 2 tempo sessions and 1 long run session per week, something I know I can achieve without excuses also while living in a very urban environment (Munich-Germany city center), pretty far away from orienteering maps and forest terrain. I am also working consistently on strength training for the first time, with 1-2 sessions in the gym per week.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?
Participate in Tiomila, Jukola or Oringen at least once while still a Junior. Those races are amazing, and ignited in me a strong and long-lasting passion for orienteering… I bet that could happen to you too — you’ll make a friend for life!


Eric Bone

Home: Seattle, Washington
Year of birth: 1974
Occupation: Owner, MerGeo
Club: Cascade Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 1994; WC '94, '96, '08; World Games 2013; WMOC '16; O-Ringen '96, '08; Jukola '03, '05; WOC '95, '97, '99, '01, '03, '05-'10, '12-'18

What is your training focus this year?
My training focus this year is on strength training and stretching.  I am still doing the usual kinds of running training, but I realized that I was losing some strength after taking some time away from strength training to recover from overdoing it. 

I returned to strength training with more care to do it in a balanced way and to pair it with flexibility training.


Will Enger

Home: Seattle, Washington
Year of birth: 1986
Occupation: Logistics Manager
Club: Cascade Orienteering Club
International experience: JWOC 2005, WOC 2016

What changes to your training have you made over the past year to make you more successful?
I've been dealing with somewhat chronic knee issues over the past couple years, so I've often been obliged to cut back on my running volume. However, I've tried to make up for this by increasing volume in other forms of lower-impact training — primarily cycling. In particular, I've found that bicycle commuting has become a valuable part of my training regimen, because it mainly replaces time I'd otherwise be spending in the car, so it doesn't require a huge time commitment — and you can do lots of different kinds of interval and high-intensity workouts with it. This is a great example of how you can be creative with finding ways to work training into the busy daily schedule most of us have.

Who is your "O" idol?
My orienteering idol is my national and club teammate, Eric Bone. Eric has been a constant presence throughout my orienteering career over the past 20 or so years, both when I was a young junior in Cascade's WIOL (school league) as well as when I returned to orienteering seriously in 2013. He's always been a great role model and an example of what you can achieve when you identify your goals and are willing to work hard and intelligently toward achieving them. In addition, throughout his illustrious career Eric has remained the same approachable, down-to-earth guy who's always happy to lend a word of encouragement or a bit of post-race advice.


Martin Heir

Home: Norway
Year of birth: 1998
Occupation:
Club: Fossum IF (NOR)
International experience:


Morten Jörgensen

Home: Kristiansand, Norway
Year of birth: 1995
Occupation: Student, Mechanical Engineering
Club: KOK (Kristiansand orienteringsklubb, NOR)
International experience: 10Mila and Jukola relays; O'R'ingen; JWOC 2015; WOC 2018

What is your training focus this year?  Increasing my running speed by being consistent and avoiding long breaks caused by illness and injury.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?  To be patient and see the bigger picture. It is easy to lose motivation if ups and downs along the way break the morale.


Jordan Laughlin

Home: Houston, Texas
Year of birth: 1989
Occupation: Military Officer
Club: Houston, Austin, and Quantico Orienteering Clubs
International experience: JWOC 2008; WUOC 2008, '10; O'ringen 2010; WOC 2011; various Swiss O Weeks and other events in and around Germany and Norway 2012-14

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?
Enjoy what you do, and work at it every day.  Dedication and practice build up over time.

What is your training focus this year?
A lot of road running and a lot of visualization.


Michael Laraia

Home: Hudson, Wisconsin
Year of birth: 1996
Occupation: Student
Club: Minnesota Orienteering Club
International experience: Jukola; O-Ringen; NAOC; WUOC 2016, '18; JWOC 2014-16; WOC 2018

What terrain suits you the best? Growing up in Minnesota and Wisconsin means that I didn't have access to much technical terrain growing up, which means that I'm a pretty weak navigator, all things considered. I think terrain that suits me is when there is a moderate amount of technical savvy required as well as being pretty physically demanding.

 

What is your training focus this year? I've been focusing most of my training on middle distance races lately. I would like to one day hold my own in an elite long race, but I'm not strong enough for that yet.


Anton Salmenkylä

Home: Helsinki, Finland
Year of birth: 1997
Occupation: Limousine driver
Club: Cambridge Sports Union / Helsingin Suunnistajat (FIN)
International experience: Jukola 2012-2018; JWOC 2016-17, WOC 2018
 

What is your training focus this year?
In general I’m focusing on middle distance and relays. Specifically that means reading the map accurately in extreme speed and especially pressure, intense physical trainings and not forgetting mental training (very important!).

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?
As long as you know what you want, you can eventually figure out how to get it.

Who is your "O" idol?
Thierry Gueorgiou