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Coach Profile: Brent Langbakk


Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Whitehorse, Yukon
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation College English Instructor
Training log Attackpoint

Please list your proudest 2012 orienteering moment.
JWOC Women’s Relay 13th. All of the athletes performed really well.

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
YOA Junior Program. Being the first Athletes’ Rep and helping establish the HPP.

What is your first orienteering memory?
I didn’t start orienteering until I was 29 and I was a decent runner. It’s not the very first but one of my earliest memories was running Ontario Relay Champs with GHO. Somehow Mike Waddington found out the first leg wasn’t forked so he told me to follow Mark Tarnopolsky around the course. At one point Mark made a small mistake and stopped to relocate. I just stood there and waited for him to figure it out. I had no idea where we were. Mark tagged off first and I tagged off second about 2 steps behind him.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
As a coach, it was watching Emily Kemp finish 3rd in the JWOC long. As an athlete WOC was always special but running World Cup during Oringen in front of 15000 spectators was a unique experience.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Long Lake, Whitehorse. I have run on this map over a hundred times. Still if we have a meet there, I make a point of going.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Venice. The street race looks amazing. I am no longer seriously competing so it would be as much for the tourist experience.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Lars Lindstrøm and Olivier Coupat because they have done incredible things with their respective national team programs.

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
Canadian Champs
Yukon Champs

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Cross-country skiing
Mountain biking

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
I usually have cereal with banana and soy milk but I’m not that particular as long as I eat at least three hours before I race.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I represented Canada at WOC 5 times. I was Sport Yukon’s Coach of the Year in 2010.

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