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Update from the Ski-Orienteering World Champs

Robbie Anderson of Ottawa has had the top result for a North American male in both the sprint and middle distance at the Ski-Orienteering World Championships happening this week in Sweden. He has been 45th in both races. Nick Duca of Kitchener placed 63rd in the sprint and 68th in the middle. Nick is pleased with his results considering that he broke a rib recently back home in Ontario. Check out the national team blog for the latest update from Nick and Robbie and a few of their photos. You can see from the photos that they’ve had some tricky weather to contend with. Next up for Robbie and Nick is the long distance. Also, congratulations to the USA’s Alison Crocker’s for her great results. Alison was 18th in both the sprint and middle.

Canadians at the World Ski Orienteering Championships

Robbie Anderson of Ottawa and Nick Duca of Kitchener are competing at the World Ski Orienteering championships in Tänndalen, Sweden this week. Tänndalen in the Swedish region of northwest Härjedalen, approximately 590 km northwest of Stockholm

The event website is at: www.skiwoc2011.com. The website includes live video and results.

Nick and Robbie will be competing in the sprint distance on Tuesday Mar 22, the middle distance on Wednesday the 23rd and the long distance on Saturday the 26th.  The approximate distance of the sprint using the shortest possible route on the tracks is 5.3 km. The middle distance is approximately 14.4 km and the long distance will be approximately 32.5 km. Other events at the championships include a mixed relay and a traditional relay.

These championships will be using an EMIT touch-free punching system, which means that the skier need to be within a short distance of the control (1-2 feet) but doesn’t need to physically punch the control.

There are 27 countries competing at these world championships.