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Athlete Profile: Jan-Erik Naess

Born  1998
Hometown Toronto, ON,
Currently living Clarendon Hills, US
Club Dontgetlost
Occupation Student
Training Log Attackpoint
Blog URL

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

The Relay at JWOC where I was able to keep up with the top group and navigate without them quickly after I had just lost them. Coming back in 13th officially was amazing for me.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

The middle distance at JWOC 2017. The terrain looks like a lot of fun and I know that I will be able to push hard throughout the entire race

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Jukola, and hopefully this year I’ll be checking it off

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
Next year I am going to be spending the year in Oslo at a folkeskole where I will be able to train for orienteering

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?
In the future I would like to become a really good cross country skier!

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?
Compass bearings and connecting it to my map reading to that I have better flow, even in the dense forests

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I help organize a few events with my dad for our Chicago Team

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

I think the biggest thing when you are just starting orienteering is to enjoy the basics. Enjoy going out and running in beautiful forests and don’t be worried about making mistakes. Orienteering can be a perfectionist sport but you need to understand that mistakes will happen, even to world champions. So enjoy the journey.

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

I really like to use the app Headspace. It’s really nice to have someone talking you through the different mental periods of meditation, and after a while I have really started to improve my focus and control my mental state better.

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Jan-Erik is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

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