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Discussion: Boring boring Canadian champs

in: Canadian Orienteering Championships (Jul 16–24, 2011 - Whitehorse, Canada)

Jul 25, 2011 1:51 AM # 
Everything was just perfect. Courses, terrain, venues, atmosphere. No controversy. No wonder there is nothing on AP ;-)

Congrats to the old guy but new Canadian middle distance champ Brian May who put all his many many years of experience to good use in the middle distance, held this morning in the mind blowing detail of Lewes Lake. And to Louise Oram for holding off formidable challenges from Carol Ross and Pam James to win her second COC gold this week

Long distance champ:
Magnus and Louise

Sprint champs:
Patrick G and Carol Ross
Patrick G and Carol Ross
Jul 25, 2011 1:54 AM # 
Yup a great week of racing in Canada's orienteering mecca.
Jul 25, 2011 3:56 AM # 
Great maps, great scenery, great people, great events. YOA (and volunteers) you have set the COC bar very high indeed.
Jul 25, 2011 4:54 AM # 
Lived up to the hype and then some.
It may be a hassle to get to (for some), but it pays you back ten fold once you're there. When can we come back?
Jul 25, 2011 5:02 AM # 
From the other side of the world... same question as Pat.
Jul 25, 2011 5:46 AM # 
Such an awesome week. Whitehorse just moved a lot higher up my 'would like to live there' list! Thanks so much to all the volunteers :)
Jul 25, 2011 8:03 PM # 
Makes those of us who didn't make it north very jealous! Was the big star of the week the geography? Here's some comments from a veteran savy mover/shaker's log this week:

-Mind blowing terrain
-One of the most exotic legs in my orienteering life
-Amazing open forest

Did the map-maker's prediction that it wasn't good enough for a Canadian Champs live up the the hype?
Jul 26, 2011 1:03 AM # 
Thanks everyone. Great week of orienteering. Found out that "older and wiser" doesn't continue indefinitely in the wiser department.
Jul 26, 2011 2:32 AM # 
Jul 26, 2011 2:35 AM # 
mapping for sprint and middle COC ? how would you rank them ?imho both of them could use some more help (in the sprint for accuracy- middle -i would say vegetation interpretation ). but the value of the championships ? priceless ! Thanks to all involved !!!
Jul 26, 2011 3:47 AM # 
How good was it? Even the flipping conference was great. Well, I was one of the presenters after all ;-) But the highlight of the conference by far was Jim & Sue Waddington's presentation on "Following the Group of Seven" - a fascinating tale of their hobby of tracking down the exact location of some of Canada's most famous images.

And when can we go again? Jeepers - the COC middle used only one third of the area they have mapped there. Next year maybe?

And, yes, I feel very lucky to have had that epic long (13 minutes for me) run up the sanddunes. I wasn't the only one considering hitching a ride up from the ATVers. And I wasn't the only one with a s**t eating grin on my face four legs later when we got to run back down (fun like I was six years old again)

And also a big cheer for Magnus the Announcer and the course planners for creating fabulous arenas and making the M/W21E and M/W17-20 so exciting to watch. And of course to the athletes who had such strong performances and exciting races. (Magnus pre-ran each day and then announced afterwards. It was quite hilarious to hear him talking about himself in the third person, especially on the day he defended his COC Long distance crown)
Jul 26, 2011 5:50 AM # 
Check out for maps and route choices. The only event not yet uploaded (as of writing this) is the last event, the infamous COC Middle. Splits for all events available on this site as well as winsplits.
Jul 26, 2011 6:07 AM # 
Uncle JiM:
Course 10 in the long - 23rd July - look a bit short :)
Jul 26, 2011 7:14 AM # 
ok, ok, COC Middle now up - I was too busy drawing my route up the "epic leg" on the COC Long to finish uploading the Middle.

BTW, I regret not making the awesome cartwheeling-down-the-sand-dunes route choice two legs later - my route choice was steep down, then slogging through the sand flats, hopeing the stationary ATVers would pick me up ;-)
Jul 26, 2011 7:18 AM # 
Oh, and I don't want to think about "the next one" anytime soon.

But maybe if we get our act together, I'm hoping next year's Yukon Champs will be Canada Cup races and maybe we can re-use Lewes Lake....IMO. Did anyone go see the actual white "moon-scape" around Lewes Lake - very wierd geological oddity area. Sprint map?
Jul 26, 2011 2:28 PM # 
Pretty impressive for Magnus to win back to back COC longs.
Jul 26, 2011 4:27 PM # 
Yeah, so there is this error in RG for the COC Long. Course 10 has been tied to Course 1, so the M21E course is not available to draw routes...
Jul 26, 2011 6:56 PM # 
Thanks Nick. We'll get right on that......
Jul 27, 2011 12:25 AM # 
There was lots of local media coverage, and even national tv reporters & camera-persons (?).

My favorite headline: "Orienteers For Sale" - regarding the HPP fundraiser relay, in which HPP members were auctioned off.

Any idea when the CBC bit will be aired?
Jul 27, 2011 4:17 AM # 
Which is the exotic leg?
Jul 28, 2011 2:31 AM # 
I think we got the course 10 on the COC Long fixed now (thanks Dave) - give it a try.
Jul 28, 2011 3:53 AM # 
Come on - hasn't anyone got any photos of that "exotic leg" so cedarcreek can see what we're talking about?

Not sure where this came from (suspect it is Greg's photo), but for a taste of what the weekend was like, here's me running the spectator leg on the middle distance course - the only easy part of the course. (yeah, and before anyone says anything, I know I'm not looking at my map ;-)
Jul 28, 2011 4:43 AM # 
Here is a youtube video of the dune

and another o Magnus making his way up the dunes (no wonder he was so fast)
Jul 28, 2011 5:21 PM # 
Pi I'm so shocked you'd (a) cheat so blatantly and (b) destroy such a sensitive environment uncool.
Aug 14, 2011 6:17 PM # 
Check out:

Saw it yesterday watching tennis.
Aug 15, 2011 2:00 AM # 
Tiny, how did you get the video to play? When I followed your link, it played 2 commercials while displaying "your video will start after these messages". Then it stopped and a "restart" button appeared. Clicking the "restart" played 2 more commercials. I repeated this process 5 more times until I got tired of listening to ads with no orienteering video...
Aug 15, 2011 2:08 AM # 
Uncle JiM:
Works OK for me, 2 commercials, then the video...
Aug 15, 2011 2:20 AM # 
The video player is annoying because you can't pause it or back up and repeat parts like with YouTube.

BTW, who were the interview subjects?
Aug 15, 2011 1:07 PM # 
I can't fill in all the names of those interviewed but the second woman interviewed is Frances Vyse of Kamloops BC, the third is Robyn Davies of New Zealand. The 'old man' is Tak Sugiyama of Japan.
( By coincidence I first met both Robyn and Tak at the 1976 WOC in Scotland. For many of us this truly is a lifetime sport!)
Sorry but I can't place the names of the woman interviewed first and last or the teenager who found it boring 'just running around a track'. Perhaps someone else can provide those names.

Mike, perhaps Internet providers in your state block signals from publicly funded commercial television.
Aug 15, 2011 1:30 PM # 
Barbara Sheck and Roan McMillan I believe.
Aug 15, 2011 8:10 PM # 
Must be my browser. I tried a different browser on the same computer and it worked fine.
Aug 15, 2011 8:42 PM # 
perhaps Internet providers in your state block signals from publicly funded commercial television

That could make some lawyers rich(er).

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