I found this article (originally in Swedish) somewhere and the title -well as much of it as I could understand interested me. Three researchers had combined their efforts to look at what is generally accepted that orienteering does better than almost every other sport and study how the orienteers in Scandinavia do it. There are lessons for other sports and for orienteers in other countries.
So I used Google Translate to take a first stab at the article and my friend, Mike Engestrom, (who does not speak Swedish) to clean it up.
The article is posted here
. Take a look. Tell us what you think.
competitive orienteering ...is an unforgiving sport I just quoted Gord Hunter
That is the point that the article misses. The sport is popular in Scandinavia, because people there have the Nordic character of vikings. They have to fight to survive in the cold hostile climate/environment, where any mistake can be deadly. They hunt to get protein, they log forest to build their houses and for heating them up during long winter months. They are self-reliant. They know pain. That is what orienteering demands
"The point the article misses" ?? Yurets, with all due respect, you miss the entire point of the article. The article compares the demographics of several sports popular in Scandinavia among those same Scandinavians - all popular with your forest-using, self-reliant, pain-knowing people - and finds that in at least one very important aspect orienteering does better than all the other sports.
But yes, compared to other sports with their penalty boxes, foul-shooting, yellow cards and the like, competitive orienteering with our MPs, DQs, DNF's - one strike and you're out - is an unforgiving sport.
Thanks for sharing! The intergenerational aspect is crucial for me. See the end of this article: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/mar/...