Who is Who
Andreas Grote, M40, SUI
Last summer, we have met at Fin5 and you were in the middle of a great marathon: 42 races in two months. Did you achieve this project?
Finally I ran 39 competitions. Top competitions were Midnattgaloppen in Norway and 5 Days of Bohemia in Czech Republic. Flop was O-Ringen, the worst terrain of all 18 Swedish 5 Days I have run since 1980.
You have been doing mostly orienteering holydays over the last years. Can you tell us a little about these summer odysseys?
It is just a way of living! Not more and not less...
What are you really looking for in orienteering?
I am usually looking for technical terrains because I am not a fast runner.
I feel that joy and friendship are quite important for you...
Beside orienteering, it is important for me to get new contacts and meet nice people all over the globe. I know a lot of people and, vice versa, a lot of people know me. I stay in contact with some more and some less. I enjoy me always to see them somewhere on a competition!
You had been several times in Portugal. Do you remember when did you come for the first time? Which event was the best for you?
I came the first time to the Iberian Peninsula in 1988. In March of this year I was invited by Camilo Mendonça (first Portuguese O-president) for the first 2 days of Lisboa in Monsanto and Albufeira lagoon. Two weeks later, I ran the first Martin Kronlund Trophy in Peguerinos near Madrid. Since this time, I came a lot of times to Portugal and I have run all over the country. It's amazing the Portuguese progress over the last years! Congratulation and go on! The best competition I remember was the Vila Real 'O' Meeting (Taça dos Países Latinos) in 2004 in the Natural Parc of Alvão.
What is your date of birth?
What a question! I am old enough to run the World Masters :-). Look at the results, but start to look from the bottom.
Where do you live?
I live in Fribourg, which is a town on the language-border between the French and the German speaking part of Switzerland. Not far away from my home will be held the WMOC 2010.
How did you discover orienteering and for how long have you practiced it?
I discovered orienteering in school in 1977. Some months later I started to run orienteering competitions. So, this must be my 31st orienteering season.
Which season was the best for you?
I had several good seasons, but my career had a lot of up's and down's. There were different reasons for that...
Do you remember your best (perfect) race and the worst?
I will select the worst and a perfect race because I had them in the same terrain and on the same map. In the 80's I ran a French Championship in Font Romeu. After half distance of the Elite race I lost contact with the map and I try to get in contact again over 1 hour ( ! ). No chance to relocate me, so I gave up. I was completely out of the map and I had to stoop a car to bring me back to the finish area. This was my worst experience in orienteering because usually I do not make bigger mistake! In 2001 I returned again in this terrain and this map, also for French Championship. This time I won, with no mistakes, in M21L.
Which events did you enjoy the most?
It will take too much space and time! But one competition I always remember are the spectators races at the WOC 1993 in West Point, USA. Recently, I remember very well the Swiss O-Week 2006 in Zermatt. The whole week was nearly perfect! So, do not miss the Swiss O-Week 2009 in Montathal.
Who are your heroes in this sport?
Why must I have heroes? I am a hero by myself :-)
Does Switzerland have terrains and landscapes especially appropriate to orienteering?
We have a great variety of terrains. There is a terrain and a map for every kind of orienteer in Switzerland.
Have you ever organized an orienteering event?
I was a lot of times course setter for regional competitions. In 2003 and 2005 I was course setter of two national races, and also in 2005 I was course setter of the Swiss Night O Championship.
Can you reveal any details of your weekly program of training?
I stopped train especially many years ago. I have no weekly program. If I have time I do something, if I have not a do nothing. Mostly I have no time.
Do you have any special care with what you eat? What is your favourite food? What do you never eat or drink?
I eat what I like and I drink what I like. Could be beer or wine for breakfast. Confit de canard and magret de canard (both duck), foie gras (gose), fish and chicken are my favourite. I never eat cheese and I never drink milk.
Do you have orienteers in your family?
No other orienteers in my family. My compagne (girlfriend) comes sometimes for fun to some competitions.
What are your hobbies besides orienteering?
Travelling, motorbike, running, mountain bike, good food.
What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
A great week, good competitions, good maps, nice people and, of course, a lot of sun.
"Obrigado por organisado un semana de orientacion fantastica por "us"! "
[Note - It is neither correct Portuguese nor correct Spanish, but everybody understand from Cape Roca to Pyrenees, and everybody in Iberia say welcome to this friendly visitor. MD]
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions by e-mail and answers handwritten during Cantanhede Trophy on 2008, Feb 10th.)
[2008-06-20] Carlos Monteiro, WMOC Event Director
[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