Reflections from a US team official:
Overall I think things went pretty well considering my complete lack of training or expertise in this area. Everyone got to their races on time and to and from the airport, which was honestly my main goal. But there are some things that could go better.
1) better coordination around cars, arrival and departure times. I think this would take being involved earlier, from immediatly after team selection (which would also ideally be earlier). Athletes shouldnt have to drive themselves to races, its added stress.
2) a more thought out training plan/schedule. It worked, but some coordination involving which maps to order and what days to go to them would have been beneficial. This is where an actual coach or someone with O experience would be much more helpful as well.
3) a coach - O, fitness, or otherwise. Someone who could help plan training but also could help mentally prepare the athletes before thier races, and help them debrief afterwards. This is far outside my area of expertise, and something i feel the athletes deservede
Hopefully in a more normal year, someone with these attributes would be available to go. Im glad I could help out this year, but would rather see someone more qualified be in this role in the future.
On another note, it was inspiring to spend time with all of these athletes, and really fun to watch them compete, hear their experiences in the woods, and talk about routes. A little sad that the spectator races were cancelled but i did get the chance to go out on training maps and can atest that they did not have a free pass, the navigation was difficult and the terrain was physically demanding. Some of the most beautiful white woods i have had the fortune to orienteer in though! I would highly recommend the woc experience to anyone (wait for a normal year though!)