Road to the WSOC – Jørgen Baklid

When the World Ski Orienteering Championships kick off on Tuesday with the sprint in Finland’s Kemi-Keminmaa region, Norway’s Jørgen Baklid will start chasing more WSOC medals.

The reigning WSOC middle distance world champion from last year in Estonia has already shown that he should be counted among the favorites in 2022 by winning the long distance at the European Ski Orienteering Championships in Bulgaria in January.

– I hope to play a role in the top next week. I think I did well at the WSOC last year and my form is excellent this year. I can’t wait to get started and will do my best and hope for great results.

And just two weeks ago, he won the sprint and pursuit races at the World University Ski Orienteering Championships (WUSOC) and finished third in the middle distance.

– I am happy with my performance in the Czech Republic. I did some great races and I brought back a lot of confidence. In fact, I think my form has improved since then, so I’m really hoping to have a great WSOC next week.

Jørgen Baklid

A different challenge
After traveling to the hilly regions of Bulgaria and the Czech Republic earlier this year, Jørgen Baklid predicts the WSOC will offer a whole different challenge when it comes to terrain.

– I expect the terrain to be very different from ESOC in Bulgaria in January. We will likely see gentler inclines and more snowmobile trails throughout the terrain. I haven’t done much ski orienteering in Finland, but I think it will suit me and other Nordic athletes just fine, as our terrain is very similar.

The world championships in Finland will feature four events – sprint, pursuit, intermediate relay and sprint from March 15-19.

All competitions can be followed on high quality online TV broadcasts with English commentary.

Get your ticket on the orienteering.sport LIVE page.

No preferred distance
And the 22-year-old Norwegian will strive to be one of them by stepping onto the podium at the end of the broadcasts to receive a medal.

– I don’t have a preferred distance so I will be trying to medal all four days of competition and of course it would be great to defend my middle distance gold from last year.

The World Ski Orienteering Championships in Finland will start with the sprint distance on Tuesday at 13:00 EET (UTC+2).

In addition to seniors, next week’s championships will also serve as the Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships and the European Youth Ski Orienteering Championships.

The 2022 Ski Orienteering World Cup will also be decided, as will the Team World Cup and the new U23 World Cup. Find the ranking here.

Due to the suspension of the Russian Orienteering Federation and the Belarusian Orienteering Federation, athletes from these countries will not be allowed to participate.

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