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Athlete Profile: Christian Michelsen

Born 1999
Hometown Hamilton, ON
Currently living Hamilton, ON
Club DontGetLost
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

The only result I’m really proud of 2016 is the NAOC long, I made a few good size mistakes but had some good legs I was proud of as well. All my races went fairly poorly during jwoc, however the middle qualifier went the best since I somewhat recovered from a 2 minute mistake on the first control.

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

I’d like to do Jukola and skip going to graduation if I can manage to write my exams early. Also assuming I make JWOC next year I am excited for the long distance.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Tiomila is a race I would like to attend at some point.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

….depends on your classification of fun

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Run track for the first time since grade 5, I would set a goal but I have no idea what time I should pick or exact race I’ll run yet. Other then that I don’t know, but if I feel like doing something, I’ll make sure I’ll do/achieve it.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

I am currently focusing on visualizing and knowing the features I want to use before I see them (having a plan rather than going with the flow). I’d also like to improve on focusing completely on orienteering when I’m racing and power through the tedious/simple sections where I stop focusing on orienteering.

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

I volunteer and coach with DONTGETLOST’s adventure running kids program. I use to map the occasional sprint map, but none recently.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Most importantly have fun and only work on it as long as it keeps being fun. I think it is also important to get out to some major races in Europe if possible because the competition is so much bigger and better than in North America. It really shows you the level you should be at to truly be good. A key thing is also to find people to train with because this motivates you so much more and instead of becoming work it’s now fun.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

My favourite orienteering exercise would have to be Otervals. It allows me to orienteer at fast pace, preparing me for actual races, and in the case a mistake is made it allows me to start from scratch on the next interval and forget about the mistake..

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Christian is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program.

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