Who is Who
Dieter Wolf, M55, SUI
[This photo of Dieter Wolf was taken from his web page www.wolfland.ch]
You had an important Elite career. From 1970 to 1981 you attended every World Championship (WOC). You got Relay silver medal in 1972. Can you remind us that race?
I was on 2nd leg, and on the first kilometer uphill got rid of all others except the Swede and the Finn. 3 controls from the end we looked far back and couldn't see anybody, so one of us said: "Three runners - three medals ..!" The Swedes were too strong, but for us Swiss, the Siver Medal was worth Gold...
Dieter Hulliger was your team mate in WOC Relays 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978 and 1979. Do you specially remember him?
We were always good friends and still team up for the annual Swiss O Mountain Marathon, in which we take Top 5 places in Elite despite our age of around 60...
Hulliger is a genius on the map, which made him so successful (WOC Ind Bronce 70, 5 times Swiss Ind Champ..), and he has a "young boys" humor that was always fun amongst National Team members.
In 1974 Switzerland lost Relay bronze medal by 4 seconds, after more than 5 hours of total race. Maybe you remember your team mate Karl John running to the finish line chasing Eystein Weltzien from Norway. In 1978 your team missed the podium by 7 seconds, after more than 4 hours in the forest. Do you remember Max Horisberger trying to reach the Finn Risto Nuuros? Please, tell us what do you remember from these 2 relays.
On the last leg in relays it's the sprint that counts - so it seems that we had not the fastest sprinters those years. For me it was a bit disappointing to loose medals, after I had come back in 2nd position from the start leg both times 74 and 78...
In WOC individual races (classic distance), after 29th at your first participation (1970), you always did better than 15th, with the best in 1972 (6th) and 1976 (7th). Do you have special memories from any of these events?
To be always around 10th place in WOC races, especially in Norway 78 and Finland 79, proved my consistency over many years. I was good on the map but too slow in running to get closer to medal places.
You won WMOC in Denmark 1999 and Lithuania 2001 and got 2nd place in Australia 2002. What do you still remember from these races? Did you have easy victories?
Not easy, because the concurrance is hard in the top of all age classes at WMOC! I had to train and prepare as carefully as for any WOC Elite before. Therefor my two wins in M50 made me as happy as any success in Elite in younger years!
In New Zealand 2000, if I read correctly, you ran WMOC in M35, in spite of being M50. Why did you entry as M35? How did you feel running with younger people?
I wanted to run on the longest possible course travelling that far! I still took 10th place in M35 at age 51 - but even better was 2 weeks later, when I won the Elite Bronce medal at the World Rogaining O Champs (24 hours score) in team with New Zealander Jason Markham, who was half my age...
Last WMOC in Finland you got an unusual position for you: 78th in M55. What happened in Kuusamo?
It "happened" before, when I had to undergo back surgery in January and lost all speed in running, only slowly regaining my full sporting abilities during summer 07.
Running with younger people is not a strange thing for you. In 2005 you ran at least 3 world ranking events (WRE), competing against Terkelsen, Mamleev, Merz, Schneider, Rollier, Hubmann, Lauenstein, Jorgensen, Stevenson, Davidik, Tavernaro... How did you feel? What memories do you have from 5 Giorni della Valle di Non and from Schweizer EOM?
I just like long races very much, so when ever possible I run Elite courses. Of course I loose about 50 % on the winners time by now, so I have to fight hard to stay under the normal maximum competition time of 2h30m...
Next July 23-27, after WMOC, you will run Oocup 5-day. If entries list is correct, you will run in M21E. Why? Is it your first time in Slovenia? What are you expecting from karst terrain?
Back to full forces after 2 years of injuries makes me longing to race on Elite courses again - especially in karst terrain, which I consider as technically most demanding. It's my 1st time in Slovenia. Together with my wife I will prepare the annual Swiss Veterans Training Camp of October 08 in the area. So that's the main reason to take part in Oocup 5-day.
Between WMOC and Oocup, you will be involved in 1st Swiss Rogaine, in Davos (July 12-13). What competition is this? How was born the idea for it? What role do you play in organization?
It's a 6-, 12- or 24h-score event for teams of two or more runners (staying together at all times). It takes place on a permanent net of 50 controls, which I have installed in 2006 for tourist and sport purposes. The sites are o-technically easy, all placed on marked hiking trails - but ranging from 1100 to 3145 metres altitude! It is unique in orienteering that you are allowed to go training on that net at any time, because it is open to the public all year. I am the event coordinator. Entries through: firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail) or +41 79 404 62 09 (mob ph).
Switzerland already had something similar - Swiss Karrimor 2-day Mountain Marathon, which you organized for the first time in 1976, taking the idea from British KIMM (since 1968). Is this competition still surviving? What is the difference between Mountain Marathon and Swiss Rogaine? (Please, try to tell a little about Mountain Marathon history since Muothatal 1976).
Since I brought the idea to Switzerland from my 1st experience in the British Lake District in 1975, the event has taken place every year, in always different terrains of the Swiss Alps or Prealps (R'adys Mountain Marathon Lenzerheide Switzerland August 9 - 10 2008). In the first years I was course-setter and coordinator. Since 1990 I am a regular participant, still racing on the longest course. There are some 350 runners every year. There are "straight" courses (No 1-2...), compared with "score" at Rogaine, which means free choice and order to get as many points in a limited time.
How important are O-clubs in the Swiss orienteering system? Which responsible position do you have in your local club OLG Davos?
About 100 O-clubs are the "heart" of Orienteering in my country, and Swiss O Federation SOLV (www.solv.ch) is the Service and Coordination organisation for all clubs. Myself I am the Technical Coordinator in my club, responsible for our regular club trainings, event planning, O in schools, mapping training areas...
Ursula Wolf W50 is coming with you to WMOC. Can you introduce her to us?
Ursula is my wife since 25 years and we share most of our O experiences and trainings. She is as keen as I am. We have no own children but work with children in school as teacher (me) or psychologist (Ursula), and in sports.
Let me ask Ursula, which events were the best for her? Where did she get best results? Where did she enjoy the most?
She took a silver medal at Swiss Ind Champs 74, 4th at Student World Champs Finland 1976, and was many times Runner-up to the Womens WOC team. Her best results were really later at WMOCs: 2nd in Russia 95, 3rd in Spain 96, 3rd in Italy 04, 3rd in Canada 05, 9th in Austria 2006. She enjoyed most the terrain and set-up at spectator races WOC Japan 2005, and on Park World Tour in China 2007.
Dieter, you and Ursula were coaches of NZL WOC team 2003. Was it an occasional task or did you also have a regular coach career?
I have a diploma as sports coach on the highest level and was National Coach for the Swiss Team in 86-88, plus Regional Junior Coach in the 70s. My engagements for foreign teams were always just for certain WOCs: 83 Hungary with the Australians, 85 Australia and 87 France and 2003 Switzerland with the New Zealand team.
For how long did you live in Australia and/or New Zealand? Did you enjoy that experience?
I spent several months travelling both in NZ and Australia in 79/80, in 84/85 and in 88.
It was the best I ever did to promote the O-sport in those fantastic countries. The O-people were so friendly to host us! Many long lasting friendships still exist from that time...
You both also compete sometimes in ski-O. What were your best experiences in this discipline?
In 2005 and 2008 the WMOC ski-O took place in Engadine Valley in Switzerland and I both times took Silver in M55. It's as great a sport as foot-O, in good terrain!
What kind of weekly training do you do? Did you plan any special training to WMOC'08?
Since we have moved to Davos in 2000 and live in the mountains at 1600 metres, I have increased my training by 100 % from before! Why? Because her the nature is so fantastic that I just HAVE to move every day: Hiking and climbing mountain-tops on foot in summer (plus some mountain biking), and even more training on skis in winter i. e. x country skiing (Engadine ski marathon in 2h06) and ski-touring. An average of 25 hours training per week, including strength training in fitness club to maintain my muscles (they tend to go away after I got 50...).
Yes, I do a specific build-up for WMOC Portugal: Besides climbing mountain peaks I do more flat running than usually, to build up speed. So you Finns, Russians and Portuguese: Watch out in M55 - I challenge you!
What do you expect from Portugal 2008? Is your first time competing here?
It's my 1st time orienteering in Portugal, but I have a lot of experience in coastal terrains. I hope to win a medal in M55 - and maybe two, because there are 2 disciplines for the first time in WMOC history.
I think the Portuguese organizers of this year's WMOC do a fantastic job for the O-sport. I wish them all the best for a successful event with Orienteers from all over the world!
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Apr 6th.)
[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