Who is Who
Jurate Uleviciene, W55, LIT
[Pictures - Jurate Uleviciene with her 2 granddaughters. On right, her husband, Kenrikas Ulevicius (center), with his club mate Saulius Marozas (right) and a Swedish friend - they were the winners in a multi-day event in Slovakia, near Bratislava. Saulius Marozas also will come to WMOC.]
You got 11th place in Canada 2005 (W50), 6th in Austria 2006 (W55) and 17th in Finland 2007. Can you remind us any details from these events?
These were impressive and exciting events. For me the most interesting final competition were in Austria 2006 - really technical, fine and exquisite distance. The most lonesome for me was the moment two controls before finish...
Did you have any better result before? Which other highlights can you indicate in your sporting career?
My best results were many years ago. While participating in elite group, I was Lithuanian champion several times. In 1976 together with Virginija Ikamaite-Gvildiene and Danute Kelmelyte -Vilkeliene we became Champions of USSR in relay.
In Portugal you will again compete against Irina Stepanova, gold medal in Finland. What will be a good result for you? Who else is in a favourite position to win your class?
The best result for me would be to run fluently, without any mistake and in Final A. I am acquainted mostly with orienteer from neighbour states and I think that Irina Stepanova and Inara Gipsle are very strong to show good results.
Maybe you know other veteran orienteers coming to next WMOC. Can you put in evidence some names of interesting Lithuanian people that we'll meet next summer in Portugal?
We are a group of friends (having a long story of orienteering sports, earlier belonging to the Elite runners group of Lithuania and USSR) coming to WMOC:
- Donatas Kazlauskas, president of Lithuanian Orienteering Federation (H50);
- Twin brothers Julius and Marius Ptashekas (H50) are really strong to compete for high results.
- Henrikas Ulevicius (H55), my husband - he was the 3rd in Canada WMOC H50.
- Vitalija Ptashekiene could show quite good result in D50 group.
Sandra Pauzaite, Indre Valaite, Simonas Krepsta and Jonas Vytautas Gvildys are four of the most important names in Lithuania Elite runners. Do you specially admire any of them? Do you have any interesting story to tell us?
These Elite runners are quite young yet. They are just from juniors group. I hope their best achievements are still in future. Personally for me they suggest warm feelings and interest as children of my friends. Jonas Vytautas Gvildys is the son of my friend Virginija Gvildiene. She was 3rd in WMOC in Norway and was the winner of many Lithuanian competitions.
Can you give us a "quick image" of orienteering in Lithuania? How many athletes do you usually have in a normal national race? How many competitions in a year? Do you have young people enough coming to this sport?
This year we have 50th anniversary of Orienteering sports in Lithuania, but in reality it became more popular during last 30-40 years. During Soviet times it was almost impossible to go to the western countries and Lithuania becoming an independent country in 1990 was quite big lunge forward for the development of orienteering sports also. Usually we have about 300-400 participants in normal race. In a year we have about 30 competitions for feet orienteering and some for skiing orienteering (this season it was impossible to organize the last ones because of lack of snow). In bigger towns during the week we usually have training competitions in the afternoon. It is a pity, but it is not enough young people coming. Basketball is the most popular sport in Lithuania.
Do you have any special multi-day event in Lithuania? Which event will be the most important in Lithuania during 2008 or 2009? Can you give us a good reason to go there?
We have two most popular multi-day competitions: "Takas" (20-22 of June 2008) and "Vilnius" (16-18 of May 2008).The most important event could be European Championship for mountain bikes orienteering (MTBO EC) in Nida (22-27 of September 2008). Nida is in the dune peninsula in Baltic Sea and is real masterpiece of nature.
How important is OK Labirintas?
OK Labirintas was the first orienteering club in Lithuania (1987). Nowadays it is just master club.
How did you discover orienteering?
I have started being the schoolgirl. I was invited by my schoolmates and enthusiastic teacher.
What kind of training do you use to do?
Usually I am jogging almost every morning for 15-20min.together with my husband and dog, and participating in competitions during the weekends.
Do you have any particular memories from an orienteering travel? What was the best event where you have been?
Our country is rather flat, so for me the most attractive and impressive seems to be mountain terrain. Quite challenging is Scandinavian terrain. One of the best events was Swiss 6 Days in 1999.
Do you have special memories from O-ringen and Jukola?
This summer I am planning to go to my fourth O-ringen and Jukola (Venla relay). Jukola is difficult, attractive and very competitive relay!
Do you remember your best or the most exciting race?
I like relay competition most of all - for emotional, dynamic, play, sportive elements, etc. All the races are exciting just during some actual period. This year season did not started yet...
Where do you live? What is your job? What are your hobbies?
I live in Vilnius, Lithuania. I am psychotherapist-psychoanalyst. Main hobby is orienteering sports.
6 QUESTIONS TO HENRIKAS ULEVICIUS
Reading Jurate's answers, I realized that her husband also has an interesting sport career. So I've sent to him the next 6 questions:
You got 3rd place in M50 in WMOC 2005. How do you remember your races in Canada? Do you feel you could have beaten Vincent Joyce (2nd) and Svein S. Jacobsen (1st)? Did you make any mistake at the Final? Beside the competition, what memories do you still have from this trip to Canada?
In Canada we participated in some races before WMOC: Canadian Championship, Barebone multi-days. Places we quite simple reminding Baltic forests, it was quite easy. In WMOC Final, I made one mistake, but nevertheless I could be just 2nd. West Canada is very nice to travel - we visited nice places in British Columbia, Rocky Mountains, Jasper National Park and prairies.
In Austria 2006 you got 11th place also in M50. Have you been to other WMOC events?
I have participated un 5 WMOC events: beside 2 mentioned, also Lithuania 2001, Norway 2003 and Finland 2007. My best run was in Canada.
You ran Jukola 2006 in team Tapanilan Tarmo. What team is this? Two of your mates were the twin brothers Marius and Julius Ptashekas, who will come with you to Portugal. Are you usually traveling together? Was it your first Jukola? What is the most unforgettable in a relay so mythic as Jukola?
I like Jukola as very interesting and challenging competition: all the participants are running the same distance. I like to run the night 1st or 2nd leg, usually about 10-12 km. Tapanilan Tarmo is Finish club, which has just masters class orienteers. We are travelling together with Marius and Julius quite often. Our Jukola team is almost the same from 2003. Most unforgettable is running in the first leg together with 1400 men, including best Elite runners.
You have been, at least, 2 times in O-ringen (2002 and 2003). What do you feel different, 5 minutes before the start, in a national competition in Lithuania and in the Etapp 1 in O-Ringen 5 Days?
In O-ringen usually are big group of competitors - much bigger than in our national competitions. In Lithuania I am much more calm and relaxed.
What is the most beautiful image from orienteering ever in your mind?
For me the most beautiful images are from competitions where I have good run in very complicated distance and terrain.
What dreams would you still like to achieve in orienteering?
Of course, I would be most challenging to win M90 sometimes... I would like to go participate sometimes in really exotic terrain, for example, in Greenland, Antarctida or Arctic...
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Answers from Jurate received on 2008 Mar 15th, answers from Henrikas received on 2008 Apr 16th.)
[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