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Athlete Profile: Christian Michelsen

Born 1999
Hometown Hamilton, ON
Currently living Dundas, ON and Aarhus, Denmark (as of February 2018)
Club DontGetLost
Training log Attackpoint

What races are you looking forward to for 2018?

Most definitely JWOC in Hungary this year. I’m looking forward to actually running to my potential at a World Championships event and getting over that psychological barrier. Also O-ringen and (hopefully) JEC in Switzerland to end off the year. Hopefully I’ll be seeing a few more Canadians at O-ringen ;)

When did I start Orienteering?

My first COCs and major orienteering race were in 2013 when they were at home in Hamilton. Up until then I had been in the Adventure Running Kids program for a couple of years.

What is your best orienteering memory?

I’m tempted to say the experience of my first JWOC. Nothing quite like the first time you see the level and size of orienteering in other countries. Add in running around swiss mountain sides with some good friends and you get quite the experience

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

I’m a fan of really anything in the forest. Not that I don’t mind sprint orienteering, but it doesn’t quite involve the same level of interpreting the map and what the terrain will look like. I enjoy the technical difficulty of the middle, but the long distance is a close second. I’ve never run a mass start (ultra-)long distance race but I’m looking forward to running the Danish Championships next year. I must add night orienteering is not my thing.

What is the best orienteering advice you have received?

That’s a tough one, but I would say the most important thing is to enjoy orienteering and don’t always be too negative about your races.

What is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

As you can see by the hair, clearly Gustav Bergman.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

To learn Danish and enjoy life in Denmark. I’ll be working until February so time to relax and have some fun. Other then that narrow down my future studies which I likely will be beginning in 2019.


Christian is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program.

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