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Fjord-O Nordvestgaloppen attracting the world’s best orienteers

- It is not many competitions in relevant terrain to use as preparations for the World Orienteering Championships (WOC 2010) in Trondheim, Thierry Gueorgiou says. Therefore, I will probably take part in Fjord-O in Sogndal in the middle of July. Short time after EOC in Bulgaria, I will make the decision and make a detailed plan for my preparation for WOC.

One week before the start of EOC, Fjord-O visited Gueorgiou, Philippe Adamski and Thibaut Magne in their home city in France, Saint-Étienne, for one of their last hard training sessions before EOC.  A 5.4 km middle distance course in a terrain relevant for the EOC was on the program. As normal Thierry Gueorgiou was the best, with the time of 25 minutes.

- It was a good training, but this flat terrain with little details is not my favourite terrain, he says. Now I am tired, and need to rest a lot during the next days, to be fit for EOC. I probably could have run two minutes faster if I had good legs.

Both Thierry Gueorgiou and Philippe Adamski are very satisfied winning Tiomila with Kalevan Rasti, but now, the focus is towards EOC and WOC. But they also want to perform well in Jukola in the middle of June. After Jukola, almost all their time will be spent in Norway.

- I need competitions in relevant terrain. Therefore, I can’t train in Trondheim all the time, and O-Ringen in Sweden does not have optimal terrain for my preparations. To meet some of the favorites for the WOC in Trondheim, Fjord-O in Sogndal is a good way to prepare. I believe the Norwegian runners will be very strong in WOC. They have several runners who can take medals. The Norwegians have an advantage in both running capacity and the ability to choose the best route choices in the terrain in Trondheim.

Thierry Gueorgiou wants to be the best runner in the World. Gueorgiou won the gold medal in last years middle distance in WOC, but not the World Cup overall. Last year the Swiss Daniel Hubmann won gold medals in the WOC (long distance and relay) and the World Cup overall. This year Thierry Gueorgiou is extremely motivated to be the number one! We will get the answer in August. Hubmann and the Swiss team will not take part in Fjord-O, since they have a training camp and selection races at the same time as Fjord-O 2010 in Sogndal.

Thierry Gueorgiou and other top runners can take part in Fjord-O without charges, and they will have good accommodation possibilities in the centre of Sogndal.


Christian Frøyd


Thierry Gueorgiou has good view from his apartment in Saint-Étienne in France, but he is looking forward to challenging competitions in Norway.





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