Discussion: Live Chat with NAOC stars!
in: 2012 North American Orienteering Championships;
NAOC2012.org is proud to host a live chat
with some of the stars of the North American teams, Will Critchley and Ali Crocker. They join NAOC MC Nevin French at 8PM EST on 10/4 to chat about their preparations for NAOC, what they expect, and who is going to win, among many other things. Come join in and learn what makes these athletes great. You might learn something that will give you a leg up at NAOC and beyond!
Another possible NAOC star - Swedish national team runner Emma Johansson ran away with the Swedish Ultralong Champs
victory well in hand yesterday. Even though it was a mass start she ran most of the course on her own and won with a 5 minute margin - despite a 3½ minute error close to the end.
Looks like people are going to have to fight for those WRE points!
If anyone has questions they'd like to ask prior to Thurs night, please post it here! Feel free to ask anything about training, racing or how many pairs of shoes one needs to own. (More shoes: Will or Ali?)
Interesting to note that they both had interesting paths to national teams. Both were competitive nordic skiers during their late teens and early twenties until switching their focus to Orienteering and then experienced super rapid improvement.
See you online Thurs at 8PM EST!
...and what does that translate to in Swedish time? Midnight?
I'm afraid even later. I think it is 2AM CET.
But, a transcript might be available later on.
I have a question for Will.
I heard he plays catching features and I would like to know if he thinks it helps his actual orienteering?
In addition to all the obvious questions that will no doubt be asked, such as what are your personal goals at NAOC, how many pairs of O shoes do you own, do you have any pre-race rituals, and how are you preparing for NAOC; I would ask: What advice would you give orienteers looking to transition from intermediate to advanced level courses (if you remember ever doing intermediate!) And What advice would you give to orienteers who will be competing on this terrain for the first time? (assumIng they have)
Thanks for sharing your time with us!
I'll be in a plane during the interview so my two Q's
Given both of your background in XC skiing, Should OUSA and COF be actively recruiting from other sports to enhance elite orienteering participation and performance? If yes do you have ideas on what to do?
what is your fave ski wax?
Another question from far away:
In Sweden elite runners have lots of opportunities to race against a lot of tough competition. There is an abundance of events through the year - usually within reasonable driving distance.
* In what ways would you like to develop a similar setting and would it be only positive in your development or are you content with what you have?
* Could it even be so that we (the Swedes) compete to much and forget about the basics of training?
* Apart from the above what would you say is the biggest difference in training "style" and/or environment between North America and Scandi training?
Hi everyone--the NAOC chat is about to begin! Get over to http://www.naoc2012.org/chat/
Awesome, Clem. Fun event. Thanks.
Thanks to Ali, Will, and Nevin! Really interesting perspectives!
A bit late in reading the chat but I enjoyed it...
esp the video of the moose story.
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