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NZ at World Ski-O Champs

Show Profile  HeadHoncho Posted: 3 February 2004, 6:17 AM  
Heres a first for NZ - Landels Barbour and Glowacki are off to central Sweden in 10 days time for the World Ski-O champs. They'll be competing in the sprint and relay only - unfortunately the relay is 4 legs so they'll be an incomplete team.

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 13 February 2004, 7:49 PM  
The link to live coverage is: http://www.asarna.com/skiwoc2004/ - for those awake in the middle of the night who want to watch us fighting it out at the bottom of the results list with the Americans, Japanese and Irishman. We are glad we didn't kill ourselves doing the 23km long race: http://www.asarna.com/skiwoc2004/results/longmen.html

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 16 February 2004, 10:13 PM  
A quick summary report of the weekend's adventures:

Michal is a ski-orienteering superstar - well he can at least skate ski properly unlike the other two hacks.

Greg and Alistair could have run the courses faster - in fact Alistair actually ran one 1.5km stretch of 4 controls instead of potentially crashing every 30m on hilly winding snow-scooter tracks.

Greg's Mountain-Bike-O skills were obviously useful considering that navigation is done on tracks and you don't use a compass.

Alistair should of taken a headlamp on the last leg of the relay which was done half in the dark - stupid organisers having a 1pm start time, 4:30pm sunset and a 6 hour max-time (IOF rules). Maybe just as well we didn't have a fourth team member!

Another 'funny' story was the scooter Alistair met on the way to one of his controls in the dark - he told the driver he was still competing and to get out of the way. He then continued another 300m to his control where-upon the scooter turned up again asking him if he was looking for #93 - which he was - the driver then handed over the Emit unit!!!!!!!!!

Greg & Alistair's Ski-O WOC careers are potentially over now,however Michal could possibly be NZ's first O' Olympic representative now that the competition had the required 25 nations participating...

Pictures, maps, and results can be found on the web-site mentioned in the earlier posting.



This message was edited by Alistair on 16 February 2004, 11:53 PM

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