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Discussion: USA at World ARDF (Radio Orienteering) Championships 2018

in: Orienteering; General

Sep 3, 2018 7:45 AM # 
ARDF Team USA has arrived to the World ARDF Championships in Sokcho, South Korea. We will be posting updates here but also at our team's facebook page, link up w/ us and invite others:

Today was the model events and opening ceremony starts soon.

In the mean time, here is the World ARDF Champ's website:
Sep 4, 2018 6:45 AM # 
Today was the Foxoring competition, which is a bit like orienteering, but the control is just near the circle (as opposed to in the center of the circle), so you have to use the radio to actually find it once you get close.

Ruth Bromer came in 3rd in W60!! Congrats!
Sep 4, 2018 8:35 AM # 
Foxoring results now posted here:

Yay Ruth on the Bronze!!
Sep 5, 2018 1:46 AM # 
Wow! Great job Ruth!
Sep 5, 2018 5:46 AM # 
Congrats, Ruth (and everyone else)! I'm looking forward to following the rest of the events!
Sep 5, 2018 7:39 AM # 
Thank you all.

Today was the first classic event, which are the original types of races. The younger people were on 80m and the older people were on 2m. This will be flipped on Friday. Besides individual places, if there are at least 2 people in a class, their times are combined and the 2 fastest times for a country are added together. Vadim Afonkin, Nicolai Mejevoi, and Bill Wright got a team bronze in the M50 class. Lori Huberman came in 7th place in W21. Bob Cooley came in 4th in the M70 class. Ken Harker and Joe Burkhead had a 4th place team in M40.

Tomorrow is the sprint.
Sep 6, 2018 2:29 PM # 
Update: Ken Harker and Joe Burkhead were awarded the Bronze team medal (3rd place team) tonight for their 3.5 MHz Classic race combined M40 scores yesterday. Bob Cooley and Ruth Bromer both had the team's highest placements (6th) in the Sprint course this morning. Each transmitter only goes for 12 seconds before flipping to the next, and so on, two loops of 5 transmitters.

Videos, photos, maps, and more updates/info available here:
Sep 7, 2018 12:40 AM # 
Kudos to all. Being well known for nerdish tendencies, though never having got into ARDF, I was once drafted as a late substitute for the Australian older farts team at a Regional Championships. Let me just say that this was the highest cognitive load I have ever experienced in a navigation event. Highest by at least one level of magnitude. The format of the classic event means you are balancing multiple optimisation issues. I didn't go back after my two experiences, but I respect those who can excel at this sport.
Sep 7, 2018 2:26 PM # 
Thank you TheInvisibleLog for the kind words! As an experienced orienteer who started competitive ARDF last year I definitely think your description of the cognitive challenge is spot on.

Today was another tremendous day for Team USA. Vadim won the gold medal in today's Classic!! Also, the USA M50 men (Vadim, Nicolai and Bill) earned the bronze medal for team competition. Bob Cooley had a 4th place finish. Alla had a top-10 finish in W35.

That concludes the championship. We are trying to confirm but it appears this may have been the USA's best performance at an ARDF World Championship ever. As a medal recap:

- Ruth Bromer: Foxoring bronze
- M50 team (Vadim Afonkin, Nicolai Mejevoi & Bill Wright): Classic team bronze
- M40 team (Kenneth Harker and Joe Burkhead): Classic team bronze
- Vadim: Classic gold
- M50 team (Vadim, Nicolai & Bill): Classic team bronze

- Plus we had multiple close calls for medals:
-- Bob Cooley had two 4th place finishes
-- Some 6th, 7th and 8th place results in W21, W35, M50, W60 and M70

The event wrapped up today with a nice banquet and the customary exchanging of novelty items plus team photos.

The next World ARDF Championships will be held in Serbia in 2020. The next US ARDF Championship will be hosted by BOK in July, 2019.

Keep following us at for updates.
Sep 7, 2018 6:41 PM # 
Really impressive all. And bravo Vadim!
Sep 7, 2018 8:47 PM # 
oh yeah, great depth of field (really?), many participating nations (really?), "applause". should be promoted to olympics
Sep 7, 2018 10:45 PM # 
Results are being posted here:

I echo j-man on Vadim. ~50 minute win time on this complex Korean labyrinth of ridges, valleys, green fight, and cultivated areas (which were blanketed as out of bounds) was impressive just from an orienteering perspective, let alone adding the other layer of hunting 5 transmitters on top of it. Amazing!

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