Who is Who
Rune Carlsson, M70, SWE
What is your date of birth and where do you live?
I was born in 1936-02-09 and I live in Bromma, Sweden.
Last WMOC in Finland, you got the gold medal at the head of six Finnish athletes. Was it a difficult race for you? Can you remember any details of this victory?
In the 1st Qualification race I was extra careful in order to get a good position and I ended as winner. In the 2nd Qualification race, also extra careful and a second victory. Final race: now even more concentration before start and during the race. Very few mistakes. Tumbled down in a small brook, lost the map but fetched it, just a small problem.
Did you have other good results in the last two years?
2006 - Champion in Sweden 5-Days. Stockholm district: winner in 5 championships (different disciplines). Championship for Veterans in Sweden: 1st in the Short run, 2nd in the Long. Champion in Brasilian 5-days. Out of 43 competitions in Sweden I was the winner in 33. Could not participate in WMOC'06 in Austria (ill). Winner in the Lidingö terrain run H70.
2007 - Champion in Sweden 5-Days. Stockholm district: winner in 2 disciplines. Championship for Veterans in Sweden: winner in the Short run and 6th in the Long. Out of 44 competitions in Sweden I was the winner in 36. Winner in the Lidingö terrain run H70 (about 100 participants).
In Italy 2004, you also won, but in M65. Can you still remember any particular details of that WMOC?
The terrain in Asiago/Dolomites was not as hilly as I had expected. I ended as winner in the two Qualifications as well in the Final. The terrain was very "yellow", i.e. very open terrain. The Final day was a very happy day for me.
Next summer, who else is in a favourite position to discuss with you the triumph in your class?
Many, many participants wish to win, e.g. the Finns ask for revenge after their home WMOC in 2007. From Sweden, Roland Karlsson, Nils Grann and some more are also eager as well as many skilled orienteers from Norway. Maybe there are some Portuguese guys who take the advantage of the home terrain.
What is your main advantage in orienteering techniques? Maybe you have some details of strategy, which can save you some seconds in a critical situation...
I can't say that I have any main advantage in orienteering. Maybe, as a frequent runner, I have learnt to adapt the orienteering to the terrain and the map.
If you could only give one advice to an orienteering beginner, what would you say?
Listen to many orienteers and test what is the best for yourself.
How often do you use the compass in a race?
Many, many times, I would say very frequently.
How did you discover orienteering and for how long have you practiced it?
Started when I was 14 years old and have been an orienteer all years since then.
What do you enjoy the most in orienteering?
To come to the forest, to run and find the control points in the best way. Further, to meet all orienteers who share the same interest. That's a fine social contact.
Which events were the best for you?
I have participated in so many races, so it is difficult to choose among all of them. However, a very special memory from the relay-competition 10-Mila in Sweden 40 years back. I happened to give my reserve compass to the man in our team. I had this extra compass as well as the "budkavle" ("message stick") under my t-shirt attached to a string. As you understand, this caused some problems at the following leg. By the way, I have participated in 10-Mila 42 times (=42 years), the first time 17 years old. I also remember Stockholm Marathon, where I did my best time (3h03) when I was 58 years old.
Have you ever competed in Portugal? Did you like the terrain?
In 2001 I was in Portugal joining my friend orienteer/globetrotter Peo Bengtsson. Competed in Pataias and in a race nearby Lisboa. I found the terrain OK, however a lot of sand.
Where else have you been doing orienteering outside your country? Do you have any special memories from an orienteering travel?
Over the years it has become a lot of countries, 56 in fact, in all continents. One very special memory from China, when about 300 participants came from the Nordic countries. An exceptional reception at the airport and at the hotel a lot of youngsters were standing in long rows, beautifully dressed and singing for us. We really felt as VIP-persons.
Have you made any friendships in this sport?
I have met so many nice people during all of my trips. However, I feel that my English is not good enough to really get good contacts and understanding.
Which season was the best for you?
Many good years, of course 2004, 2006, 2007 are special with quite a number of victories.
Do you remember your best (perfect) race?
It is difficult to find out, put it this way; I hope it still is to come, in Portugal would be great!
Have you ever organized an orienteering event?
I have not been an organizer, except for some arrangements in our club, Sundbybergs IK.
Did you have any responsible position in your club or federation?
In the club I have been member of a committee for club-arrangements during some years.
What kind of training do you use to do?
I participate in competitions or do my trainings 2-3 times a week during winter and 3-4 times a week during the rest of the year. I run very often along the tracks or in the forest (without map and compass).
Do you have any special program of training in order to improve your performance at the moment of WMOC?
With focus on WMOC this summer, it will be the normal training and competition as preparation and from the later part of spring with Portugal very much on my mind.
Do you have any special care with what you eat? What do you never eat or drink?
I am vegetarian since many years, so my food is quite different to most of the orienteers. I don't use alcohol.
What is the secret for a sporting long life?
Could it may be what I just said?
Do you have orienteers in your family?
No. I live together with a woman (not married) and have no children.
What does your family think about your activity?
She finds that there are periods with a lot of activities, i.e. I am away from home.
What was your job? How can you coordinate your professional and sporting life?
I worked as typographer, mainly with media and advertisements. Now I am retired, i.e. more time available.
What are your hobbies?
Outdoor life, no special hobby.
What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
I look forward to a fine week in Portugal and, of course, I also hope that I will be well.
Can you give a message to the other participants?
Make use of the time you spend in Portugal besides the inspiring orienteering...
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by ordinary mail. Letter with answers and picture has date 2008 Feb 19th.)
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[2008-06-18] Mariett Matias, WMOC Media responsible
[2008-06-17] David May, WMOC Senior Event Advisor
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[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
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[2008-06-06] Irina Stepanova, W55, RUS
[2008-06-05] Luís Sérgio, WMOC mapper
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[2008-06-03] Rui Antunes, WMOC Mapping coordinator
[2008-06-02] Jon Musgrave, M45, GBR
[2008-05-31] Jacinto Eleutério, WMOC Course coordinator
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[2008-05-29] Åke Jacobson, IOF President
[2008-05-29] Augusto Almeida, POF President
[2008-05-28] Jurate Uleviciene, W55, LIT
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[2008-05-23] José Fernandes, M45, POR
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[2008-05-16] Alberto Minguez, M40, ESP
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[2008-05-12] Paulo Becker, M45, BRA
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[2008-05-07] Jerzy Parzewski, M55, POL
[2008-05-05] Hugh Moore, M60, AUS
[2008-05-02] Martin Checkley, M55, GBR
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[2008-04-28] Andreas Grote, M40, SUI
[2008-04-24] Liudmila Labutina, W65, RUS
[2008-04-22] Freddy Sillien, M60, BEL
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[2008-04-07] Albano João, M45, POR
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[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
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[2008-01-16] Björn Linnersjö, M65, SWE
[2008-01-15] Lillian Røss, W85, NOR
[2008-01-10] Tapio Peippo, M55, FIN
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