WSOC starts Tuesday in Finland

Finally, it’s time for the first world championships of 2022 – when the World Ski Orienteering Championships start in Finland on Tuesday afternoon with the sprint distance.

More than 100 athletes are ready to race for medals in the Kemi-Keminmaa region for four days of competition. It all starts on Tuesday with the sprint, followed by the pursuit race on Wednesday and Thursday, a rest day. The last individual discipline is the middle distance on Friday before ending with the thrilling sprint relay on Saturday.

And the best news? All distances are available to follow through a high profile web-tv broadcast on the orienteering.sport LIVE page with English commentary.

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Web-tv program – EET time zone (UTC+2):

Tuesday – Sprint 13:00-16:00
Wednesday – Continuation 9.50am-12.30pm
Friday – Middle 12:30-15:20
Saturday – sprint relay 9h50-10h55

On the women’s side, Estonia’s Daisy Kudre Schnyder is one to watch as she holds the WSOC sprint and middle title after last year’s championships on her home soil. From Sweden, reigning pursuit world champion Lisa Larsen and two-time silver medalist Anna Magdalena Olsson will also be worth watching.

Another reigning world champion participating this year is Norwegian Jørgen Baklid, who won the men’s middle distance in February 2021. Although he showed great performances at WUSOC in the Czech Republic three weeks ago, the Swiss Nicola Müller and Sweden’s Gustaf Wickbom managed to beat him in the middle distance race – and will probably try to repeat that this week.

Fellow Baklids Audun Heimdal won the pursuit race in 2021 but will not race due to injury.

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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Dino J. Dotson