TARTU – The first day of competition at the 2018 FISU World University Ski Orienteering Championship in Haanja (Estonia) started as dazzlingly sunny day.
The women’s event started the day and, as in the sprint, Norwegian’s Anna ULVENSOEEN (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) won in 14:48s, ahead of the Estonia’s Daisy KUDRE (University of Tartu) with 15:18s on second place and Russia’s Mariia PETRUSHKO (Saint-Petersburg State University of Technology and Design) with 15:21s on third. In the men’s event, both gold and silver medals went to Russian Federation student-athletes, respectively, Sergei GORLANOV (Pacific State University) 14:48s on first place and Vladislav KISELEV (Chaijkovskij State Institute of Physical Training) 14:51s on second place. The bronze medal was won by Joergen Haugen MADSLIEN from Norway (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) with 14:55s.
Reception of the city of Tartu
City of Tartu hosted reception event in the town hall. The ceremony was opened by deputy major of Tartu Mr. Reno Laidre who was happy to host the 2018 FISU World University Ski Orienteering Championships. Mr.Laidre pointed out that in Tartu are held many successful orienteering competitions and that orienteering is very important for Tartu.
FISU Executive Committee member Mr. Fernando Parente and Estonian Academic Sports Federation President Ants Veetõusme thanked the city of Tartu for holding the championships.
After the reception, participants got the chance to network.
Interview with general manager Marek Doronin
- How has the event gone so far?
So far, the organizing has gone greatly. Thankfully, we have an amazing team who have given their best and thanks to that we haven’t had any problems. Our situation was a little bit hectic few months back, because we couldn’t be sure if the weather would allow to even hold the championship. Because of that we had to keep our spirits high and only hope.
- How have you been adjusting in your new role as the secretary general of the Estonian Academic Sports Federation?
Everything new is always interesting, but also a little bit scary. But, as I already said, our team excellent and everyone knows what they have to do which makes my job significantly easier.
- What would you say to future sports event organizers?
Strength and patience. The most important is the collaboration and communication among the team. Everyone has to know their role which has to be talked through before.
Interview with Anna ULVENSOEEN (NOR), WUC ski orienteering 2018 women’s sprint winner, Chemical Engineering student in Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
How do you like Haanja’s tracks? Are they rather easy or difficult?
I liked it here very much. Funny tracks with lots of hills. Start was little difficult because of the multiple choices in tracks.
What do you want to achieve her in FISU World University Championship in ski orienteering 2018? Good races. Ski fast. Good results.
Who is you biggest competitor? My twin sister Martha Ulvensoeen (Martha got 13th place in women’s sprint)
Interview with Vladislav KISELEV (RUS), WUC SkiO orienteering 2018 men’s sprint silver medal, winter sports student in Chaijkovskij State Institute of Physical Training.
How do you like Haanja’s tracks? Are they rather easy or difficult? They are good with lot of snow. There hasn’t been so much snow in this year’s competitions.
What do you want to achieve her in WUC SkiO 2018? Win gold medal and manage to beat Sergei Gorlanov, who is my biggest competitor.