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Interview: JWOC will be Anna Dvorianskaia’s highlight of the season

JWOC will be Anna Dvorianskaia’s highlight of the season


Name: Anna Dvorianskaia

Date of birth: 24.03.1997

Lives in: Samara, Russia

Club: IGTISA, Hellas

Best results: 8th place in sprint distance on EOC 2016, Czech Republic

2nd place in sprint distance on JWOC 2016, Switzerland

2nd place in sprint distance on WUOC 2016, Hungary

27th place in sprint distance on WOC 2016, Sweden

Last summer, Anna Dvorianskaia was 8th in the EOC sprint distance and got a silver medal in the JWOC sprint in Switzerland. Is sprint the distance you are focusing most? Do you do more sprint trainings than forest orienteering trainings?

Yes, the results of sprint distances were excellent in the 2016 season. Actually, I am not focused only on sprint, I do more forest trainings and want to run in forest good too.

What goals do you have for this summer?

My highlight for this season is JWOC and just get experience in orienteering.

You live in Samara. How is the winter there? Is it good place for orienteer to live?

The winter in Samara is very snowy, so in winter I take a break from summer-o and ski for a while. And to be honest for orienteering in Samara there are not so many interesting maps, but there are high mountains for running instead of them.

You do also ski-orienteering. Is it more like training for summer or do you have future goals as a ski-orienteer?

Ski-orienteering for me is just a change of activity and I enjoy it very much. I used to show good results in ski-o when being in youth groups, but now I use it as a rest from summer-o. Maybe I’ll participate in international students’ competitions in ski-o in Krasnoyarsk 2019.

How have your winter and spring have gone?

After winter, I started to run and my first training camp was in the second half of march – it was on mountains in the south of Russia, and all the April I spent in Sweden.

An example of a training week in March 2017:

Mon: 1) long orienteering with route choices in slow pace 2) recovery jogging

Tue: 1) sprint distance 2) running with a difficult stone ground under feet

Wed: rest day

Thu: 1) orienteering in mountains

Fri: 1) orienteering in mountains

Sat: 1) sprint distance with route choices and intervals 2) cycling as a rest

Sun: 1) competitions in sprint discipline

Have you been training in Tampere?

I haven’t been in Tampere, but I want to come there for a training camp before JWOC, but don’t know yet when.

In Tampere, the Fin5-orienteering week is also organized during the JWOC-week. Why should Russian orienteers come to Fin5 this year?

I think that Russians should definitely come to Fin-5 orienteering week, because it will be a very good experience on a difficult terrain with interesting courses. And they will cheer Russian team, that will help us a lot.

Bulletin 3 is published!

The third Bulletin for JWOC 2017 has been published, and can be found here!

The planned release date for Bulletin 3 is May 1

The release of Bulletin will be delayed a few weeks, and the new planned release date is May 1.

Interview: Olli Ojanaho will orienteer more than ever!

Name: Olli Ojanaho

Date of birth: 25 February 1997

Lives in: Helsinki, Finland

Club: Helsingin Suunnistajat

Best results: 3 x gold + 2 x bronze at JWOC, 6 x gold + 2 x silver + 1 x bronze at EYOC

Photo by Roland Güdel

Photo by Roland Güdel

Olli Ojanaho is already the most successful junior orienteer in Finland of all the time with three JWOC gold medals and six gold medals from EYOC. This summer he has a last chance to fight for the JWOC medals. He hopes he can run fast and have stable races in the tricky and interesting terrains of Tampere. He has spent half of his winter training in different kind of terrains abroad. At the end of March, the boy from northern Finland has moved to Helsinki and he is excited about his new training possibilities and will orienteer more than ever in the spring and during the summer.


How have your winter and early spring been?

 In early winter I had some weeks without any training because of two wisdom teeth operations and one illness but after that it has been ok. I spent my Christmas holiday in Alicante with my family and then was in Gran Canaria with the junior national team, in late January / early February, there I unfortunately missed the second week of the camp due to an annoying food poisoning. Then I was also some 2,5 weeks in Portugal a few weeks ago where I got to train in new terrains for me and some 3-4 different terrain types. All in all the preparations have been medium.

Olli Ojanaho has lived all his life in Rovaniemi, in Lapland but now he has moved south to Helsinki. How have living in northern Finland affected your orienteering career?

The orienteering season in northern Finland isn’t too long and there are not so many competitions. Usually we have snow from November to May. So when I was a kid I started my orienteering season in May and the season was over in September. I played ice hockey and did ski orienteering and cross-country skiing during the long winter. In the past few years, I have started travelling to competitions and training camps in southern Finland and other countries. It has meant a lot of travelling because although it’s just a short flight of one hour to Helsinki, it’s nearly always impossible to get a Rovaniemi-Helsinki flight just before a flight to some training camp or competition or a Helsinki-Rovaniemi flight just after a training camp respectively. So I have often needed to sleep one extra night in the Helsinki area, but thanks to my cousins and the Raitanen family it has never been a problem!

What plans do you have for the spring and summer?

I guess I will stay in Finland until JWOC, apart from 10mila. Moving from home and living in a bigger city is a new situation for me. I’m excited but also aware of the fact that there will be more things I must take care of. When it comes to trainings, I will surely be able to do more orienteering than ever.

Can you tell something about your trainings?

The most important sessions for me during the spring season are definitely all the races and faster sessions with map. These are also my favourite trainings. I’m excited about my new training surroundings in Helsinki.

Can you give two example weeks of your trainings?

Date ../../2016 Morning Afternoon Evening Date ../../2017 Morning Afternoon Evening
12/09 Rollerskiing 80min 23/01 Rest day
13/09 Rollerskiing 90min 24/01 Rest day Travel to Helsinki
14/09 Mobility and core strength exercises 55min tempo in terrain 25/01 Travel to Gran Canaria Easy run 53min
15/09 Rollerskiing 65min Cycling 60min Travel to Oulu 26/01 Easy orienteering 30min + some running Core strength + some running
16/09 Easy run 30min Travel to Vaasa Easy run 30min on sprint map 27/01 8 x 1k tempo Easy orienteering 45min + some running
17/09 Finnish Champs sprint, qualification Finnish Champs sprint, final 28/01 Cycling 110min Easy / moderate running 95min
18/09 Finnish Champs relay Travel to Oulu Travel to Rovaniemi 29/01 O-intervals tempo 45min total time Sprint orienteering 15min + running 10min tempo


You are already a three time JWOC champion. What was your key for success in JWOC 2015?

Maybe I did slightly better races technically than the other guys, although I missed quite a lot in both middle and long distance. But the terrains were challenging for us juniors and that time perfect races weren’t needed.

What are you expecting for JWOC 2017? What goals do you have for this summer?

I expect that it will be the biggest JWOC maybe ever! I get goosebumps when I think how many spectators it can be here in Finland as well as how tricky and interesting terrains & courses are waiting for the competitors. I hope I can run fast and do stable races at JWOC, but the whole season is important for me – I want to run well in every race and improve both my technique and physical capacity.

Do you feel confident in the terrains of Tampere? How much have you been training in Tampere?

I haven’t run many races in the Tampere region, probably less than 5 during my life plus some sprint races. Last autumn I did some ten sessions in relevant terrains for JWOC. I think that the terrains are a bit different compared to those in southern Finland – the surface is often pretty rough in Tampere. Last autumn I felt quite confident in the training terrains but I also found some things I can do a lot better.

What do you think, which are the most important qualities you need if you want success in Tampere JWOC?

Good running speed and technical skills will both be needed. The mental side is also important in order to get the best out of your capacity.

Do you focus more on some special distance or are all the races equally important?

I will train many more sessions in forest compared to sprint during the spring and summer as my future goal is in the forest disciplines. But I also enjoy the sprint as a part of the JWOC week and will definitely do my best each day.

In Tampere, the Fin5 Orienteering Week will also be organized during the JWOC week. Why should orienteers come to Fin5 this year?

Fin5 is a good way to enjoy Teisko and Pispala without missing the chance to follow the JWOC races. Cheer for the junior runners from all over the world, feel the unique JWOC atmosphere and test your skills in the same terrains!

Thank you Olli for the interview and good luck to the summer!

Interview: Simon Hector is expecting tough and technical races in Tampere!


NameSimon Hector

Date of birth: 12/7-1997
Lives in: Huddinge, Stockholm
Club: Snättringe SK
Best results: Gold JWOC Relay 2014, Silver JWOC Long 2015, Silver JWOC Relay 2016, Bronze JWOC Relay 2015, 4th place JWOC Long 2016, 12 Golds Swedish Junior Championships, 8 victories in O-ringen


Photo by Roland Güdel

Photo by Roland Güdel

Swedish Simon Hector has run already three times in the Junior World Orienteering Championships and has brought a medal home each time. This summer, he is expecting high speed and intense map reading in JWOC in Tampere. His winter training has been successful and he is preparing especially for the long distance.


As a child you lived in many countries. Can you tell something about that?

My family moved to Saudi Arabia when I was 5 years old and stayed there for two years before we moved to Taiwan for half a year and to Thailand for another half. I was quite little but I think I started to enjoy exploring new places, something I really like when I do orienteering today. It’s about studying many places and a lot of things!

How and when did you start orienteering?

I started orienteering when I was 8 years old, when we came back from abroad. My brother had tried different sports but didn’t really like any of them so we tried orienteering to see if he would like it. Before I started orienteering I liked maps and enjoyed running and competing, so the sport suited me well!

Do you have hobbies?

Orienteering is my main hobby! I enjoy being with my girlfriend and friends.

During the winter, the most important thing with trainings for Simon is to stay healthy and avoid injuries so he can get a good practice without long pauses. Last winter and two winters ago, he had problems with his knee so now it is important to prevent getting more problems.


How have your autumn and winter been?

I am happy with my winter training so far! I have avoided injuries and planned my training weeks to make sure I receive the trainings I want. So far I have been to Tenerife with my girlfriend on a combined vacation and lighter training week with only orienteering in the programme. I will travel to Portugal later in February and maybe I will participate in another camps before the season starts. Otherwise, I have trained mostly in the Stockholm region during the winter. I feel I’m in good shape but the competitions will show if I have developed since last year!

What plans do you have for the end of the winter and for the spring?

In the spring, I will run the major Swedish events: Swedish League and the Swedish Champs disciplines which are in the spring. 10MILA and Jukola are also fun events to go to! Now I do not study and I work with drawing a sprint orienteering map, which is very flexible, so I think I’ll have the time to go to shorter training camps as well!

How many hours/kilometers do you exercise during a year?

I haven’t been so consistent in registering my exercise so I don’t have an exact number. I guess the amount was between 400-450 hours in 2016. During this winter, I have been exercised between 9-11 hours of per week but the focus is on quality!


Training diary (12/9-18/9-2016)

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Mon   Spinning 60 min + Strength training 15 min  
Tue   Running intervals 5×4:2 min + warm-up 15 min and cool-down 10 min  
Wed Strength training 30 min   Orienteering Pålamalm 82 min
Thu Running intervals 10x30s with 2 min rest + warm-up 15 min and cool-down 10 min   Orienteering Källbrink 31 min
Fri Rest day    
Sat Swedish Champs Long qualification Jämshög 50 min + warm-up 17 min and cool-down 10 min    
Sun Swedish Champs Long final Jämshög 75 min + warm-up 13 min    


Training diary (6/2-12/2-2017)

  Morning Evening
Mon Rest day  
Tue Running exercises 15 min + running 73 min


Rope strength training 50 min + running 11 min
Wed   Orienteering night masstart Älvsjö (Mila Stockholm by Night) 54 min + warm-up 11 min and cool-down 11 min


Thu Orienteering Ågesta 80 min Strength training 65 min
Fri Running intervals 5×5:2 min + warm-up 17 min and cool-down 10 min Spinning 40 min
Sat Orienteering long run Svartviksskogen 128 min  
Sun Running intervals on track 4x(300-200-100) + warm-up 16 min, running exercises 14 min and cool-down 12 min



2014 JWOC in Bulgaria Simon received gold in the relay, JWOC 2015 in Norway a silver medal in the long distance and bronze in the relay, and last summer a silver medal in the relay as well as the best individual placement, 4th. So, he has a long “career” in JWOCs. Last August, he participated in a training camp in Tampere together with Swedish juniors.


Did you like the terrains?

I liked the terrains because they are detailed and not so hilly, it will be quite high speed and intense map reading. As usual, concentration will be very important. I will go to Tampere at least once more before JWOC if I reach the team!

What are you expecting for JWOC 2017? What goals do you have for this summer?

If I make it to the team also this year it will be my fourth JWOC which feels very exciting. I think JWOC in Tampere might suit me quite well because of the terrain but my aim is only to perform as well as I can do, then I will see what that leads to. During the last two years I have been most confident in the long distance so that will be the distance I will prepare most for, but I look forward to all races.

All three JWOCs I have run have been situated in places that are famous winter sport areas (Borovets in Bulgaria, Rauland in Norway and Engadin in Switzerland) so I think JWOC 2017 might be different because it is not situated in a mountain area. Tampere has large forest areas and many lakes. I expect tough and technical races in nice terrain which will give fair champions!

In Tampere, the Fin5-orienteering week is also organized during the JWOC-week. Why should Swedish orienteers come to Fin5 this year?

Many Swedish orienteers only come to Finland once a year to run Jukola. Take the chance to run a different type of event compared to Jukola and have the chance to experience Finland for real instead of only a one-day trip! Cheer for the stars of tomorrow with a good arena production and help the Swedish runners to medals!

Thank you Simon for the interview and good luck to the summer!

Interview: Mental strength – The key to Simona Aebersold’s JWOC-success

Name: Aebersold Simona

Date of birth: 13.04.1998

Lives in: Brügg BE, Switzerland

Club: ol.biel.seeland, Tampereen Pyrintö

Best results: 4 times Junior World-Champion (3×2016, 1×2015) and one Silver (2015), 5 JEC-Victories (3×2016,

2×2015) and one Bronze (2015), 2 times Youth Orienteering Champion Sprint Distance W16 (2013, 2014)

Photo by Roland Güdel

Photo by Roland Güdel


Swiss Simona Aebersold had a very successful year 2016 with three gold medals in JWOC in Switzerland. She thinks mental strength and self-confidence helped her to perform so well. Simona also feels confident in Tampere after living the whole autumn in the city. Next summer, she wants to do her best in every distance in JWOC and aims for an individual medal.


Last year JWOC was organized in your home ground; how did that affect your performances and did you get some extra boost from that?

Of course it was something really special to get the chance to run a JWOC on home ground. Because the competitions were held in Engadin, the terrain was completely different to the one I am used to train in at home. It was rather the fact that there were so many friends cheering, that really gave me some extra boost. I wanted to perform well in front of my whole family.

What was the key for your success in last year JWOC?

I personally think that it was the mental strength which helped me to perform so well in all the competitions. I knew what I wanted to do and had a lot of self-confidence. I knew that if I do well, everything was possible. I cannot say that there were most important trainings. For me it was the whole time before the competitions which gave me that self-confidence I needed.

How do you prepare mentally for the competitions?

The mental part in my preparations especially contains a lot of map studying. If there are old maps existing, I can spend hours just looking at them.

How have your autumn and winter been?

As planned I stayed in Tampere after the national team training camp in August in Finland in order to learn the Finnish language and to be able to train in beautiful Finnish terrain. I took part in the last Finnish Champs of the year and enjoyed the beautiful Scandinavian autumn. In December, I returned to Switzerland for winter training. After the first competitions I could also see that my shape was good. Back in Tampere for the whole February, I was able to do some Cross-Country Skiing and also orienteering. So the training has been going well so far and I am looking forward to run the first competitions in some weeks.

What are the most important trainings for you now during the winter? What are your favorite trainings?

For me it’s most important to keep the fast training sessions also during wintertime when there aren’t any competitions. But those are definitely not my favourite trainings. I like long runs in the snow free mountains in autumn but also Cross Country Skiing.

Training diary (8.8-14.8.2016)

  Morning Afternoon
Mon   Running
Tue Orienteering intervals, Tampere Strength training
Wed Running  
Thu Orienteering training, Kauppi, Tampere  
Fri Strength training – running school  
Sat   Orienteering competition, AM-Pitkä (long)
Sun Orienteering training, Orivesi  


Training diary (27.2-5.3.2017)

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Mon XC-Skiing, Tampere   Strength training
Tue Running    
Wed   Strength training Night orienteering
Thu Intervals    
Fri   National team meeting: Sprint orienteering training  
Sat Meeting: Orienteering training Meeting: Orienteering training  
Sun Meeting: Orienteering training    


What plans do you have for the end of the winter and for the spring?

Besides the first national competitions and Swiss-Night-O Champs, I am going to spend some time in Slovenia and Croatia with the national team in the end of April. I am really looking forward to this training camp as I have already been there twice in that beautiful terrain.

In Finland, it will be quite a different terrain type than JWOC last year in Switzerland. Have you changed your trainings somehow because of that?

No, I haven’t. It’s as always just orienteering with a compass and a map. Even though the terrain will be different to the one last year, I can use my own skills and tactic to find the controls. It could be an advantage that I have been spending a lot of time in Tampere since last summer. But orienteering is still the same.

You have spent a much time in Tampere already. Do you feel confident in Tampere terrains?

After the training camp with the national team in August in Tampere and Turku, I moved in to an apartment in Tampere. Except some trips to Switzerland and Scotland for training camps and competitions I stayed the whole autumn in Finland until I returned home for Christmas and winter training. In February I went back to Tampere for the whole month. So I already feel quite confident in Tampere terrains. Of course one has to use the compass very much as in all Finnish terrains, but it is also important not to read every detail on the map as there are too many of them.

What are you expecting for JWOC 2017? What goals do you have for this summer?

Of course I would like to confirm my performances of 2016, but that will be very difficult. I want to give my best in every competition so that I can be happy after the finish line. The big goal would be an individual medal. It will be interesting to compare my performances with the Finnish girls in their home terrain.

Do you focus more on some special distance or are all the races equally important in JWOC?

No, they are all equally important to me. I know that I have to prepare well for all the competitions in order to reach my goals. Not only the forest disciplines will be different to the ones we are used to, but also the sprint distance in Pyynikki area.

In Tampere, also Fin5-orienteering week is organized during the JWOC-week. Why should Swiss orienteers come to Fin5 this year?

In the past months I have learned that there is really beautiful terrain in Tampere. It’s the perfect time for Swiss orienteers to come to Finland and enjoy the endless forests and the Finnish summer with swimming in the lakes after the competitions. Besides they can follow JWOC 2017 and cheer for us which is going to be interesting for sure!

Is there something else you would like to tell?

As well as Joey, I am again nominated for “Sporthilfe Nachwuchspreis 2016”, the biggest price a junior athlete can win in Switzerland. So watch our videos and please vote for all of us (for Joey in the men’s category, me in the women’s and my relay team in the category teams) via the link below. Just click on the button “Abstimmen”  – by the way, you can vote several times with different email addresses😉!! The voting ends on 20th of March.

Thank you so much for your support, I can’t wait for the orienteering season 2017 to start!


Thank you Simona for the interview and good luck to the summer!


Interview: Joey Hadorn wants to challenge the Scandinavians in the Finnish forests

Photo by Roland Güdel

Photo by Roland Güdel


Name: Joey Hadorn

Date of birth: 11.04.1997

Lives in: Fahrni near Bern, Switzerland

Club: ol norska raskt tog team / OK Linné

Best results:

Double EYOC bronce 2013, 7 JEC Victories 2014/15/16 , Three time Junior World Champion and one Silver 2016


Last summer, one junior dominated the Swiss JWOC field. Joey Hadorn took an amazing three gold medals and a silver medal in his home country. Joey was born in an orienteering family near Bern and now, he is focusing on the races of next summer. Besides orienteering, he likes going fast on his bicycle and cross-country skiing. For the past couple of years, he has also displayed his speed in triathlon races.


Last summer, at the JWOC in Switzerland, you got  a gold medals in the long, the sprint and the relay races and silver in the middle distance. What are your expectations for JWOC 2017? What goals do you have for this summer?

Last year it was a pretty perfect JWOC, so next year I know, it can’t be like last year. But I hope I can run as stable as last year and give on every competition my best. I think this year other athletes have some more experience in this terrain. I want to see how I can run compared to the Scandinavian boys.


Sometimes it can be hard to focus and push hard again the next day if you just have gotten the gold medal. Was it hard for you to get a grip of yourself and to race again after the medals?

I think I was well prepared for all situations, so I know I have to conclude the race as fast as I can after the competition, no matter in which feeling I was. At the competition day, it’s clear that you have only the following competition in the head. Because of this, it’s also difficult to realize what happens.

How have your autumn and winter gone?

The training was pretty nice since now, I have some problems in the December, when I start again with the training, but now it works. I have not much technique trainings right now, but I think I can do now some more, especially for the JWOC.

What are the most important trainings for you now during the winter? What are your favorite trainings?

My favorite trainings are the cross country ski tracks, and the running sessions straight through the white forest. I think the trainings through the forest are very important, but also the long session, for the base. I think a good and stable base is one of the most important things for a successful season.

In Finland, it will be quite a different type of terrain compared to JWOC last year in Switzerland. Joey will continue with similar training as last year but he will also focus a bit more on technique trainings. Joey will continue training hard until the end of March and then he will have some training camps in Tessin Switzerland, Croatia, Tampere and Jura. In these training camps, he will do lots of technique trainings and hopes he will learn a lot of different terrain types.

Have you been training in Tampere?

I was in Tampere last summer after JWOC with the Swiss o juniors. I think we weren’t at the best terrains in Tampere, but for us Swiss guys it’s not that sad, we know that. But the skill to run straight and fast in this terrain I have to learn up to the JWOC, for that I have one more trainings camp in Tampere. The terrain does not suit me very well, but also the Engadin didn’t suit me very well, and I do all now to change that.

Do you focus more on some special distance or are all the races equally important?

No, but probably the forest terrain is more different than in Switzerland, so I have to focus a little bit more on that. Sprint it’s always quite the same and a game.

In Tampere, the Fin5-orienteering week will also be organized  during the JWOC-week. Why should Swiss orienteers come to Fin5 this year?

Of course to cheer up us Swiss guys 😉 But also to cheer to all other juniors. It can be some nice holidays with watching the JWOC and running by themselves in interesting Finnish terrains.

Is there something else you would like to tell?

At the moment there is a voting in Switzerland, it’s a voting over all Swiss junior athletes in Switzerland.

Please vote for me!

(Press the button “Abstimmen”)

It’s the biggest price for the whole junior athlets in Switzerland.

Thank you!

I’m looking forward to this summer and well organized competitions and hopefully a great party as it was in 2016 😉

 Thank you Joey for the interview and good luck to the summer!






JWOC 2017 Accommodation booking opens this Thursday, October 13

The option for booking an accommodation for JWOC 2017 opens next Thursday. The different accommodation options are presented in the second bulletin, which can be found here. Keep on eye on the IOF Eventor as well as the JWOC 2017 web site.


JWOC 2017 organization present in this year’s JWOC in Scuol, Switzerland


Juha Villikka representing Koovee at the closing ceremony of JWOC 2016, with 2016 Competition’s Event Director Simone Niggli

Koovee, the orienteering club organizing JWOC 2017, was present in this year’s competition in Switzerland.  At the closing ceremony for JWOC 2016, Juha Villikka from Koovee accepted the flag from this year’s organizers. The competition in Scuol was a great success and Koovee will be working hard to give the athletes a similar great experience next year in Tampere, Finland.

Bulletin 2 for JWOC 2017 is published!

JWOC 2017 Bulletin 2 has been published.