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Athlete Profile: Mike Smith

Age 32
Hometown Waterside, NB
Currently living Prince George, BC
Club Falcons
Occupation Physician

How long ago did you start orienteering? 19 years ago

How many WOC’s have you been to? 97 – Norway, 99 – Scotland, 01 – Finland, 03 – Switzerland, 04 – Sweden, 05 – Japan, 06 – Denmark, 07 – Ukraine, 08 – Czech Republic, o9 – Hungary

What are your goals this season? I want to run WOC and perform well at COCs and NAOCs.

What keeps you motivated to train for the sport? The (?irrational) belief that, after 17 years of international orienteering, I still haven’t reached my potential or had my best race. That and I really do enjoy the process of training.

What is your favourite event? I like the WOC relay for its national pride and mass participation.Middle distance

Do you have a pre-race ritual? None, although I do try to make it to the start line on time.

What would be your best orienteering memory? My first COC win in 1991 (Buckingham – M15/16). I don’t know how it happened but I was hooked from that moment on.

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