Discussion: News from JWOC 2012
in: JWOC 2012 Kosice SLOVAKIA;
7 of the 9 athletes arrived in Kosice, Slovakia yesterday (Nate, Nate, Ethan, Zac, Andrew, Isabel, Meg), along with coach Erin Schirm, Dan Barker and myself. McKenzie and John will join us after WUOC. (JWOC website
The team will have internet access starting this evening, so you'll be hearing directly from them on the USA team blog.
Yesterday Erin held a team meeting. He talked about representing the USA, and making sure the team members are in a position to race well (sleep, eat...). The goal for this week of training is to get to know the terrain, not to push hard. Having said that, they'll be doing two long trainings today in 90+ degree weather, a hard track workout tomorrow morning to "sharpen their legs", and possibly something strenuous on Wednesday. After that they'll back off. Nate L was interested in getting some good tempo training this week.
Erin encouraged the boys to aim at the B final, and to think of this as a race against each other. Meg and Isabel will focus on having clean races. "Be excited!"
This morning they headed out to training maps Jašteričie jazero
and Dievčenská skala
. This karst terrain has many large depressions, and a mixture of forest, open land and thicker vegetation.
They are traveling in a rental van with Dan B as their chauffeur. At breakfast they decided that the first stop would be a grocery store, to supplement the meals provided at the accommodations.
Meg is feeling poorly, and will not be training with the team for a few days. Last night she checked into a clinic so they can treat her sore throat and dehydration. The hospital has what I think of as a classic Communist-era eastern European look:
We got there after regular hours with our wonderful JWOC-provided interpreter Katka, who just finished her first year of forestry studies at university. We traveled from doctor to doctor within the hospital building, through darkened hallways, knocking on locked doors, but always finding helpful and competent health care providers in the end. The biggest delays were them figuring out how to deal with billing. We ended up paying cash with the expectation that Meg's insurance will reimburse her. She was given the option of hospital stay or outpatient treatment; they were clear that it would be much more expensive to stay in the hospital. They were right. It's around 100 euros for a night in the hospital, and the pills would just be 12 euros. Some of the paperwork was typed in duplicate using a carbon copy:
I wonder if Meg has ever seen that technology before.
Meg made her decision based on what seemed to give her the best chance of getting well as rapidly as possible.
I got a text from her last night saying she was comfortable and that the nurses were very nice.
In one waiting area as Meg was being checked in, Isabel and I got to see one of the Spanish goals on TV.
Thanks for the news and photos! Erin's plan sounds realistic and focused and the training pace seems appropriate. It sounds like they're in good hands with Erin as coach, you as Team Mom, especially with Meg's need of medical attention, and Dan's chauffeuring to grocery stores and training. We talked a bit about the influence of the communist rule on architecture and I hope the kids are able to see that. The whole concept of Eastern-block countries must seem like ancient history to them, but we parents remember those times well. I wonder if there is any evidence of the recent split between the Czech Republic and Slovakia?
The maps of the karst terrain make me think, "Holey Moley!". Good thing they'll get some practice in it this week. I hope you're all having fun.
When viewing communist architecture, apartment blocks etc, do be aware that they fit a lot of people in cities of small area and with good public transport, so people have access to the town centres and the woods etc. It changes my perspective on how 'ugly' the buildings are.
Baltimore Ravens Purple!!! Yow!
Cool to hear about, the pre-race plan sounds good and hope Meg gets better quickly!! Time to master that karst stuff... good luck all!
MJ Childs: The only difference I really noticed is that in one country they drink Demerovka, and in the other Becherovka, though it tastes just as foul in both :) Something to remember for the party :)
Good luck all!
Update on Meg: one more night in the hospital; planning to pick her up at 1pm tomorrow.
Useful information: you don't get water in the hospital here. Your friends/family bring it to you. They'll give you tea, but not water. Fortunately, we figured that out today.
It seems to me that in this particular case the water should count as part of the treatment! The irony of checking into a hospital to ostensibly treat dehydration only to find a complete lack of water....
Good luck to the whole team. It's lucky for us avid spectators that you're taking pictures and sharing stories. Thanks, barb!
Several people above have rightfully thanked Barb, and I just wanted to add direct thanks from Elizabeth and I (Meg's parents). Barb has kept us apprised on a near-constant basis, and has handled everything from hospital finance to Slovakian health-term translation to bedside visits. We are truly grateful for all that she has done.
We need to add our thanks for the field report as well! (but nate, you're still not off the hook for logging/texting).
Nate did post on the U.S. Team blog, according to Carl.
If it weren't for the JWOC banquet, we could hit the Guns N Roses concert
Artwork in the children's clinic:
Billboard near our housing:
This morning: 15 minute warmup run, then some fast 200s at a track, then warm-down run. Next: some water & food; cool shower to lower body temp; rest until 2:30 when they'll head out for a middle training north of the city.
"Competition week is going to feel like *such* a relief."
More posts from the team: http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.com/
(or, if you are here in Slovakia, http://usa-orienteering.blogspot.sk/
And WUOC report is up as well.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but the non-sparkling water is marked neperliva.
Also, per Meg: blue cap = still; red cap = sparkly
(At least for BonAqua brand)
Andrew & Erin were discussing the fact that it's the last JWOC for Andrew and Nate. Then, on to WOC for a few years, said Erin. Andrew: yeah, or 30 years. Erin: not if I have anything to do with it.
I sure hope we find a way to keep Erin engaged so he can help USOF carry out this vision of building a sustainable pipeline of juniors...
The senior team has been so supportive of the juniors. If they do their mentoring well, they'll have some tough competition, and it might raise their own level of orienteering. I guess true success as mentors will be if they train kids to be good enough to knock them right off the team...
McKenzie & John have arrived, and joined the team for a sprint training in town. (Not on the embargoed map, of course, but a training map provided by the organizers.) Meg walked some of the map, and that went fine. Isabel woke up in the middle of the night with stomach pains that persisted into the morning, so she sat out the long training this morning, as did Meg and others. In fact, just Zac and Ethan did it. And Erin and Dave. Start lists have been posted
for the sprint tomorrow.
Is Meg sitting out the Sprint? I don't see her name on the start list.
Meg will sit out the sprint and long and we will test out her legs on the middle Model. She is going to be entered in the middle qualifier, and we will see about the final. I would like the girls to have a relay team and meg also has a few more weeks of travel to go after JWOC and a few more JWOC's so we are not going to push this one.
Start times---Note there is a 6 hour time difference between them and the east coast.
For the US
Good luck to you all
Go Team USA! We are all watching and cheering for you.
Good luck everybody! You have done great training, so run fast and enjoy the races! We look forward to cheering for you from back home!
I see that World of O has a link to a "live results" page
, with radio controls. But the distances for the men and women appear to be reversed as of right now.
They've already changed the format of the page (and removed distances - which appeared to be 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.0, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9). The first time from a new computer it still goes to the old page, so who knows what you'll see at that link.
And as I type the JWOC Sprint item has disappeared from the menu, and come back, so they are definitely tweaking things...
Barb is tweeting live updates @ barb_bryant
Maybe I'll finally have to sign up for Twitter. . .
Aw, I want to know how Emily Ross did but she has two finishes in the live results!
Thanks to Barb for the tweets during the Sprint, especially the photos! Results:
USA Boys -- 176 competitors
#1 RUS Gleb Tikhonov 14:06
#120 Andrew Childs 16:43
#133 Nate Lyons 17:07
#158 John Williams 18:24
#161 Nate Orwaschel 18:33
#164 Zac Barker 18:46
#165 Ethan Childs 18:51
USA Girls--143 competitors
#1 SWE Tove Alexandersson 11:13
#119 Isabel Bryant 16:03
#128 McKenzie Hudgens 17:31
#157 Alexander Bergstrom 18:20
#163 Trevor Bray 18:45
#66 Kendra Murray 14:00
#100 Emily Ross 14:53
#115 Kerstin Burnett 15:44
#118 Molly Kemp 15:57
Congratulations to all of the North Americans.
I gave Emily's Results as the first Emily Ross. Strange, eh?
I think that Emily's time is the second time. If you look at all of the radio control splits she is already at 16 mins at the 3rd radio...
Oh, I think you must be right. That's too bad.
Webpage of Sprint results...?
I added my iPhone pix from yesterday to this gallery
(scroll to end). Dave is still processing and pruning his 800 photos, but he posted selected ones of the team from yesterday's sprint on the USA Team Blog
At the first split in the Long (3.7/7.7), Emily K is in 2nd, about 2:24 behind Tove
At 2nd split in womens long (5.7/7,7), Emily K is currently in 7th.
15 min error by Tove between 5.7 and 7.3 K ---was ahead by 5 min, now down by 10.
Whoa, big error! Thinking cheering thoughts for Emily and the rest of the NorAm juniors still out there!
looks like a parallel discussion under topics. Barb just tweeted emily 3
Emily has placed 3rd!!!! Fantastic. Congratulations Emily!!
someone take some video of the awards please!!
Per Barb's Tweet: Thunder and lightning forced finishers and onlookers to board busses and leave, hence no further updates from Barb. Probably some power outages preventing updating of results. Sent texts to Barb, Dave Yee, and Dan Barker asking for updates.
looks like the live results
are updated now.
Back in the dorms... Tweeting was hard - mostly had no signal. Congratulations to Emily - I cried too!
Weird - Results show Emily Ross twice but Isabel not at all. Izzy has her splits, 102:something, and shows up at the last radio control at a corresponding time.
to my Omega clubmate Gleb for a Gold and a Bronze! And kudos to Emily for a job well done.
At least Emily was closer to herself today then yesterday. ;)
These are the ones which count. Radio controls are often managed by software which is just written for the event and can be flaky.
Congratulations to all!
Nice run by Izzy! Is this the first time she's orienteered in Europe? Also, seems like a very good run for Ethan. I assume he and Izzy are among the youngest ones there?
According to the team member bios
, Zac, Ethan and Meg were all born in 1994. I think Zac has one more year of high school, while Ethan & Meg are heading to college. Isabel was born in 1997. And, according to that same page :-), Isabel has orienteered at the Scottish 6-day twice and then last November in the Venice street-O. And, because it is linked on that bio page and thus I am reminded of it, I suppose I might as well put in a plug here for David's cartoon
about the time he shadowed her on a white-equivalent course in Scotland back in 2005...
Yeah, Isabel had solid runs today and yesterday. Going into it I didn't know if she could handle these races (other than the sprint). Here's what she will be posting on the team blog:
"Today was the long distance race. I have done very few long courses in the past. I ran the billygoat a few years ago and a lowlander last year, but few 'normal' length long courses. Therefore, I was really worried going in to this race. I was mainly anxious because I had no clue what pace to set for myself. Starting out I was going pretty slowly to adjust to the terrain and scale and to hit control one cleanly. After that, my pace fluctuated much more than I would have liked. I had many mistakes, especially in the field part of the map, but I finished so I've decided it was successful!"
I thought Izzy orienteered in France last year?
Check out all the DISQs on the Men's course -- Long results
Anyone over there have some insight on this?
I know Trevor Bray forgot to punch the water control.... I don't know about the rest.
oh yeah, i forgot about France. heh.
Starts for Middle Qualification July 11, 2012
Three starters every two minutes. Six hours earlier on the east coast, so first start is 4 AM.
10:09 M20 Barker Zachery
10:19 M20 Lyons Nathanial
10:22 W20 Parson Megan
10:41 M20 Childs Ethan
10:56 W20 Bryant Isabel
11:02 W20 Hudgins McKenzie
11:07 M20 Childs Andrew
11:31 M20 Ohrwaschel Nathan
11:59 M20 Williams John (last start of the day)
10:30 W20 Ross Emily
10:42 W20 Kemp Molly
11:04 W20 Burnett Kerstin
11:13 M20 Bray Trevor
11:16 W20 Kemp Emily
11:32 W20 Murray Kendra
11:39 M20 Bergstrom Alexander
Top 20 in each of three heats make A final, next 20 B final, etc.
Do we know in which specific heats our athletes will be competing?
Nope. Athletes don't know either.
Men A--Andrew, John and Alexander
Men B--Ethan, Zac and Trevor
Men C--Nate L and Nate O
Women A--Molly K. and Izzy
Women B--Meg, Kenddra and Kerstin
Women C--Mckenzie, Emily K and Emily R.
Emily into the 1st radio control in the C heat in first by 19 seconds.
and now is finished and in first, so far
It looks like Molly had a good race as well! Kemp power!
and an A final for Isabel Bryant (USA) as well.
Isabel has got two finish times (mix-up again?)...
The second one seems more likely?
I see...strange how many times there has been the two finish times.
Looks like Molly will be in A final along with her sister!
way to go Kempster sisters!
Looks like some solid NA races all around, with the Kemp sisters in the A final and the Childs bros in the B final. Good luck tomorrow!
Great job Emily and Molly and great job Childs!.
On a different note, has anyone from Moldova ever done as well as Andrei Bezdîga? That also strikes me as pretty notable.
Just to note Andrew made a 2.5 minute mistake which put him out of the A final so he was having a very fast run. Without that mistake hey would have been in.
That's a shame Andrew. Shake it off and beat them all tomorrow!
and Emily Kemp gets the final start position for tomorrow's middle A final.
Well, we'll know her result right away!
Yes I saw that...it will make for a really exciting morning here in Canada!
Actually, just checked the weather and it says thunderstorms tomorrow. Never mind my last comment ;)
Sadly I can't be at the races today, but I am excited to see these results at radio controls:
Men C Radio 1 1.0 / 3.9 km
1. Oksanen Tommi FIN 6:33.7
4. Lyons Nathaniel USA 7:11.8
(out of 22)
Men B Radio 1 1.1 / 4.4 km
1. Parfianowicz POL 6:38.0
14. Childs Ethan USA 8:18.8
(out of 27)
Women Radio 1 1.2 / 2.9 km
1. Garcia ESP 11:21.5
4. Bryant Isabel USA 13:12.4
7. Parson Meg USA 13:54.2
(out of 19)
And this is nice too:
Women C Radio 2 2.2 / 2.9 km
1. Inage Hinako JPN 21:57.3
2. Bryant Isabel USA 24:14.3
3. Parson Meg USA 25:25.6
(out of 15)
I see Andrew and Ethan are together at the 2nd radio
Well, it looks like many of the US team members who struggled with errors yesterday are doing well in the C final, which is great to see.
At radio 4, Nate currently 3rd and Zac 5th out of 20.
At finish, Isabel currently 2nd and Meg 8th out of 18.
Particularly nice for Meg who has to take it easy because of her ongoing recovery from serious illness. The best she can hope for is a clean race at a moderate speed, because high speed is not possible right now.
Nate & Zac 4th and 5th in C final so far, out of 23.
Andrew and Ethan together: wish I could see that. Hopefully Dave will get a photo.
Ethan's a little ahead, right? Can't wait to hear the story.
Same here. Going back to bed until A final.
Wow, NZL Ogden!
And Conor Short (IRL) in A 25th... :)
Andrew said those kiwis were fast
Preliminary Middle results for North Americans.
1. Tove Allexandersson--23:45
17 Emily Kemp---27:39
57 Molly Kemp--37:40
1. Cecilie Klysner--23:19
32. Kerstin Burnett--31:04
38. Kendra Murrray--32:18
53. Emily Ross--39:52
57. McKenzie Hudgins--47:43
28. Ethan Childs--32:49
43. Andrew Childs--35:15
1. Hinako Inage--28:51
2. Isabel Bryant--29:40
7. Meg Parson--33:51
1. Remi Baudot--24:05
14. Nate Lyons--29:25
17. Zac Barker--31:35
28. Alexander Bergstrom--34:05
30. John Williams--34:18
40. Nate Ohrwaschel--38:29
42. Trevor Bray--38:59
As for Andrew and Ethan, you ended up in the middle of the field at the Junior World Championships--a good showing for the USA. We're so proud of you.
17. Zac Barker-31.35
ooops, Sorry Zac. I will edit the above listing.
Thanks for the great photos on Smugbug. Get a good idea of terrain runners etc. Sitting at home in SA (winter) makes me jealous of the fun and games.
NZL in 3rd part way through 2nd leg of mens relay down 1:02.
USA in 21st place in Relay after two legs! (59 teams)
Posted a few vids
USA-1 Men's team finished in 33rd (out of 59) place.
Andrew passed off in 21st place over all including the better countries 2nd teams. great. Both him and Ethan ran very strong races, Nate ran a solid run to keep us up there. Zach Barker also had a nice leg. It was a very physical course but fast.
I went into the race with the intention of taking the first control or two easy, so I could get into the map. Instead I ran fairly hard on them, and got lucky when stumbled across my first two. The rest of the course I did more or less intentionally, but I had some bad routes. Unlike the training maps, this map went through many fields, almost all of which were densely filled with young trees and nettle, making it very slow. I feel like I could have saved time by taking routes around these areas, but I still managed to do well despite. I could have saved two or three minutes on the course, but I'm still very happy with my result.
I intended to take the first couple of controls easy, like I had intended yesterday, but today I actually managed to do that. I still ran hard, but I made certain I was in close intact with the map at all times. After a couple of controls, I got into it and was able to run harder. At control fourteen, I read ahead to control fifteen, and thought I was about to enter the spectator chute and was very confused when I never saw it. Eventually I realized I still had to punch fifteen, so I lost about thirty seconds there. The control after the spectator leg was also shaky, and I ended up running up a hill to a control which I wasn't sure was mine. Turns out it was, and the last couple of controls went very well. Once again, very happy with my race.
This was possibly the best race of my life. Granted, I could follow people to controls which certainly saved some time, but it was still a solid race. I was in the zone the whole time, and I paced myself so that I was very tired when I finished, but still able to finish strongly. The entire course was either up, down, or contouring one of several large hills, but my training this spring prepared me well for the task. I was able to keep up with some very good runners, and I finished just less than three minutes behind the top time (which was 30:49. I was 33:47) on a five kilometer plus course. It was a terrific race to end this year's JWOC.
So great to get the details. Thanks for sharing.
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