Who is Who
Alida Abola

Alida Abola, W50, LAT

You have an impressive score in Masters W50: gold in Italy 2004 and Canada 2005; and 4th in Finland 2007. How could you obtain these results?
Almost 20 years ago I was 3rd in World Championship in Sweden, and with keeping on training it's not that hard. [Alida won bronze medal in Classic Distance at WOC 1989, in Skövde]

Portugal 2008 will be, I suppose, your last participation in W50. What do you think that you are able to do? Who else is in a favourite position to win your class?
I can't say that my target is to win, but of course I'll try to score as high as possible. Knowing that Liz Campbell in UK is competing in elite, she might be in a favorite position to win. [Note: Liz Campbell didn't enter until March].

How did you discover orienteering and for how long have you practised it?
I've been orienteering since 1972 (I was about to turn 18). I was practising skiing with a group that went for Orienteering events in summer. I might say that was just a coincidence.

What do you enjoy the most in orienteering?
Variety of terrain and places. It's never the same place and conditions.

Which event do you have the best memories?
The best memories and greatest impressions I have from competing in Hungary Cup 5-day event in 1975 (or 1976, I can't actually remember), in Elite class, because I outran Hungarian athlete Sharolt Monspart, which was World Champion in 1972.

Have you ever competed in Portugal? Did you like the terrain?
Yes, I have competed in military orienteering championship in Portugal. I liked the terrain, because it was very peculiar, something that can't be found in Latvia.

Where else have you been doing orienteering outside your country?
Since I've been orienteering for more than 35 years, I have been in many different countries. I have been surprised the most by the rocky and complicated terrain in Scandinavia.

Can you tell us other highlights of your sporting career?
For example, besides orienteering I've completed classic marathon in 3h 12minutes.

Do you remember your best (perfect) race?
In my orienteering career I've had my best and closest to perfect race in 1992 in Norway, North Country Championship, where I finished with almost no mistakes at all.

What is the secret to be a winner?
Insistence, regular practice and not sparing yourself.

Who are your heroes in this sport?
Annichen Kringstad - the most amazing athlete for me, since she won 3 WOC's in a row. [1981, 1983, 1985].

What kind of terrain do you prefer? Technical? Physical?
I have had the best results on physical terrain, because I was always been a fast runner, but emotionally I prefer more technical terrain, because it's combined with the moment of surprise.

Do you have any responsible position in your club or in your federation?
My work is connected with sport, but not directly with orienteering.

What kind of training do you use to do?
I am a grandmother for 2 nice girls and I have an under-age son, so at the moment sport is not the most important in my life. That's why I don't have any special training program. I just try to move a bit at least twice a week.

Do you have any special care with what you eat?
I try to eat varied food and to consider moderation. I have no special favourite food, but I try to avoid junk food.

Do you have orienteers in your family?
My husband was my second couch and my mother started orienteering just after turning 50.

What does your family and your friends think about your activity?
Most of my friends are orienteering, and my family has always supported and understood me.

Tell us something about orienteering in Latvia.
Orienteering in Latvia is getting more and more popular, depending on voting results in previous two years, where it was considered the most popular sport, but in 2007 it was second, following after basketball. In national championship we usually have about 600 athletes in 30 classes. Yes, most popular multi-day event, in which also participate athletes from abroad, is "K?PA". The most important event during 2008 will be the European Championship in Ventspils. For more information about orienteering in Latvia, you can visit http://www.orient.lv/index_eng.htm.

Aija Skrastina, Zanda Abzalone, Iveta Bruvere, Ilze Cahrausa, Rasa Bruna, Krista Mihailova, Martins Sirmais, Edgars Bartuks, Janis Krumins, Anatolijiis Tarasovs, Kelvis Mihailovs, Mikus Zagata. They are some of the best athletes at the moment in Latvia. Would you select two or three names and tell us something about them?
No doubt that favourites are Martins Sirmais and Aija Skrastina. I hope that the best things to tell about them are still coming.

What is your date of birth and where do you live?
29.11.1954, Sigulda, Latvia.

What is your job? How can you coordinate your professional and sporting life?
My job is connected with organising various sport events, but I can rarely practise during my work.

What are your hobbies besides orienteering?
My hobby for latest 10 years is Adventure Races. My new hobby after turning 50 is mountain climbing.

Can you suggest a book that we can't miss?
Every book about mountains is great, but especially Reinhold Messner's books.

What are your favourite websites or blogs?
At the moment I prefer websites about Adventure Racing and mountain climbing, and of course our own orienteering home page http://www.orient.lv

What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
I hope to enjoy a great terrain, I'm not thinking so much about my results.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008, Jan 19th.)

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[2008-06-20] Dieter Wolf, M55, SUI

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[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

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[2008-06-14] Fernando Costa, WMOC Marketing responsible

[2008-06-13] Sarah Dunn, W40, GBR

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[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

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[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

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[2008-01-15] Lillian Røss, W85, NOR

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