Who is Who
Sole Nieminen, W80, FIN
You won the silver medal in Italy 2004, and the gold medal in Norway 2003 and Finland 2007. Can you remember your 6 min ahead of Elvy Fredin, last summer in Kuusamo?
In Kuusamo I passed Elvy Fredin at second control. At 4th control I made little mistake and we came to control point from different directions. After that I didn't see her anymore. After I passed Karin Rehn I heard leading time of my class from competition centre. Then I looked my watch and I knew already in forest that I would win. Reason was that I was last who left to forest.
Do you think you are able to win again in Portugal?
I don't know who had entered. I'm only hoping good for me, orienteering with no mistakes.
Next summer we will have a Sprint Race (Qualifying and Final). Do you like this new situation?
I never have been running sprint but I hope that I understand something about that kind of map also. When I travel so far away then it's nice to compete many times.
Have you ever competed in Portugal?
No, I haven't.
Where have you been outside your country?
I have been in competitions in 13 European countries and in USA. It's nice to see different countries. With aeroplane travelling is fast but we have also done some trips with buss; to Norway, Denmark, Russian, Lithuania, Italy and Austria for example. The most wonderful landscapes are in the Alps.
What is your date of birth and where do you live?
23.9.1927. My living place is Jämsä, Finland.
How did you discover orienteering and for how long have you practiced it?
I wanted to walk and spend time in forest. I started to learn 43 years ago and after that I have been in competitions for 37 years now.
Do you remember your first races and the atmosphere among the orienteers at that time?
Championship of district in 1970. We had black and white basic maps. In year 1971 I was at the first time in Finnish championship. In that map we already had some colours and scale was 1-25000. I have got many friends from beginning.
What do you enjoy most in orienteering?
I enjoy when map and terrain looks same and I find the control.
Which have been the best events in which you have participated?
I have always enjoyed taking part in to competitions.
What kind of terrain do you prefer?
I like the most South Finland's open rock terrains. Map is so interesting. There is many up hills and down hills.
How often do you use the compass in a race?
Do you remember your most exciting race?
The most exciting competition was in Minnesota in USA 1997. I hear that many saw bears and wolfs in qualifying. When I was running final some big animal was following me. I didn't dare to look what was it I only tried to run to the control. I was afraid. Finally I was in finish and I got silver medal.
Which was your best season?
Year 2003. I won world championship in Norway and in winter ski-orienteering world championship in Estonia. In Finnish championship I won 3 gold and 2 bronze medals. I didn't make many mistakes.
Please indicate other highlights of your sporting career.
It's always very nice when I do well in competition. I compete in summer and in winter. I have managed to get final many times: 11 times in WMOC and 75 times in Finnish championships.
What is the secret to be a winner?
Map reading very carefully. Mistakes drop you fast from top.
Have you made any friendships in this sport?
Many people. We hug, we are happy when someone get price and we call often. In competition trips we stay night in friends' home.
Do you have orienteers in your family?
My son has orienteering as a hobby and my husband supports me a lot.
What is the secret for your sporting long life?
What kind of training did you use to do when you were younger? And now, what do you do to maintain your performance?
I ran, skied and went to gym. Nowadays, the same.
Do you have any special care with what you eat? What do you never eat or drink?
No, I don't. I eat everything. I never have been drinking any alcohol.
Do you have any responsible position in your club?
Since year 1968 I was the main organizer in competition restaurant. I'm still helping there.
What was your job before retiring?
I stopped working on year 1970. I stayed home to take care of the house and my man who was sick so often. I got mental and physical power when I was orienteering. And a lot of friends.
What are your hobbies besides orienteering?
I take care of garden, do snow work in winter, go and ski, go to gym and dance with other seniors.
What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
That I would manage in competition without big mistakes. It's fun to see new country, different terrains and meet friends.
Can you give a message to other competitors?
I hope that every one of competitors would enjoy of the competition and could continue orienteering long.
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2007 Dec. 19th.)
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[2008-06-20] Dieter Wolf, M55, SUI
[2008-06-19] Timo Teinila, WMOC speaker
[2008-06-19] Jorge Simões, WMOC Event Director assistant
[2008-06-18] Blair Trewin, M35, AUS
[2008-06-18] Mariett Matias, WMOC Media responsible
[2008-06-17] David May, WMOC Senior Event Advisor
[2008-06-16] Gottfried Tobler, M60, AUT
[2008-06-16] Tuulikki Salmenkylä, W45, FIN
[2008-06-16] Arvo Majoinen, M80, FIN
[2008-06-14] Fernando Costa, WMOC Marketing responsible
[2008-06-13] Sarah Dunn, W40, GBR
[2008-06-12] Santos Sousa, WMOC planner
[2008-06-11] Sigurd Daehli, M55, NOR
[2008-06-10] Alexandre Reis, WMOC mapper and planner
[2008-06-09] Nick Duca, M40, CAN
[2008-06-07] Tiago Aires, WMOC mapper and planner
[2008-06-06] Irina Stepanova, W55, RUS
[2008-06-05] Luís Sérgio, WMOC mapper
[2008-06-04] Ari Kattainen, M50, FIN
[2008-06-03] Rui Antunes, WMOC Mapping coordinator
[2008-06-02] Jon Musgrave, M45, GBR
[2008-05-31] Jacinto Eleutério, WMOC Course coordinator
[2008-05-30] Rune Carlsson, M70, SWE
[2008-05-29] Åke Jacobson, IOF President
[2008-05-29] Augusto Almeida, POF President
[2008-05-28] Jurate Uleviciene, W55, LIT
[2008-05-26] Vladimir Ioffe, M70, ISR
[2008-05-23] José Fernandes, M45, POR
[2008-05-21] Ezio Paris, M55, ITA
[2008-05-19] Gabriella Györffy, W40, HUN
[2008-05-16] Alberto Minguez, M40, ESP
[2008-05-14] Tomas Zdrahal, M55, CZE
[2008-05-12] Paulo Becker, M45, BRA
[2008-05-09] Ingrid Roll, W70, NOR
[2008-05-07] Jerzy Parzewski, M55, POL
[2008-05-05] Hugh Moore, M60, AUS
[2008-05-02] Martin Checkley, M55, GBR
[2008-04-30] Etienne Bousser, M60, FRA
[2008-04-28] Andreas Grote, M40, SUI
[2008-04-24] Liudmila Labutina, W65, RUS
[2008-04-22] Freddy Sillien, M60, BEL
[2008-04-17] Tomislav Kaniski, M35, CRO
[2008-04-14] Eero Tuuteri, M85, FIN
[2008-04-10] Lena Nordahl, W80, SWE
[2008-04-07] Albano João, M45, POR
[2008-04-03] Tom A. Karlsen, M55, NOR
[2008-03-31] Kayoko Sakai, W55, JPN
[2008-03-27] Finn Arildsen, M45, DEN
[2008-03-24] Anne Nurmi, W45, FIN
[2008-03-20] Peo Bengtsson, M75, SWE
[2008-03-17] Alida Abola, W50, LAT
[2008-03-13] Matti Railimo, M60, FIN
[2008-03-10] Cornelia Eckardt, W35, GER
[2008-03-06] Joaquim Sousa, M35, POR
[2008-03-03] Birgitta Olsson, W75, SWE
[2008-02-20] J. Salmenkylä, M75, FIN
[2008-02-18] Torid Kvaal, W65, NOR
[2008-02-15] Mykola Bozhko, M55, UKR
[2008-02-13] Pavlina Brautigam, W45, USA
[2008-02-11] Ferran Santoyo, M35, ESP
[2008-02-08] Sole Nieminen, W80, FIN
[2008-02-06] Stefano Galletti, M40, ITA
[2008-02-04] Gillian Ingham, W50, NZL
[2008-02-01] Jörgen Mårtensson, M45, SWE
[2008-01-30] Tom Hiltebrand, M50, SUI
[2008-01-28] Baiba Ozola, W40, LAT
[2008-01-25] Eddie Harwood, M55, GBR
[2008-01-23] Marje Viirmann, W45, EST
[2008-01-21] Alexander Afonyushkin, M40, RUS
[2008-01-18] Paulina Majova, W55, SVK
[2008-01-16] Björn Linnersjö, M65, SWE
[2008-01-15] Lillian Røss, W85, NOR
[2008-01-10] Tapio Peippo, M55, FIN
[2008-01-07] Elizabeth Brown, W90, GBR
[2008-01-04] Erkki Luntamo, M90, FIN