Any prognostication to share...?
I've been too busy, so I haven't been following like I should have.
The last name Christopherson indicates doing well.
The last name Olson does the same.
The Men's League is super competitive (I'd put those four guys up against any top-four in any other US club any day). The Women's League has a vacuum at the top because the winner of the first three races is injured, so she won't win.
The last name Christopherson is also tied for first place in names on the 2016 Junior National Team!
And there are still spots open for up to 3 more young male orienteers.
One would hope that the name Olson ends up in one of them (even though it is spelled incorrectly...)
So cascade has got to be top overall club in US. They have high overall participation, high junior participation, several WOC/JWOC athletes, have a sprint weekend, call the odd race adventure running, doing so pisses off some of the old folks, and they have great jerseys too. I like it!
(even though it is spelled incorrectly...)
That tells you how much I'm paying attention this year... I spelled it like the violin shop a few blocks away. (But I did spell Christopherson correctly... there are some local juniors spelled Christofferson, too).
One would hope that the name Olson ends up in one of them.
Well, the oldest one is really, really good at soccer, and soccer pays for college, so I wouldn't hold out hope for that one for a while. (I've talked with his dad about it). The younger ones are way too young still.
So cascade has got to be top overall club in US.
We still have a lot of room for improvement, like getting controls in the right spot, getting better maps, etc. Also, we have crap terrain, which is something beyond our control.
Well you are focusing on getting people in the woods while others are worried about ISOM, stacked contours, and control descriptions
That tells you how much I'm paying attention this year... I spelled it like the violin shop a few blocks away.
Actually, *you* did spell it correctly. My "spelled incorrectly" comment referred to the subtle difference in how those Olsons spell their name, versus how mine -- and many others' -- is spelled : "Olsen".
soccer pays for college
For truly exceptional players. More often than not, IMO, parents of kids who are really good at a "mainstream" sport, conjure up heady fantasies of their kid's skills paying for most or all of his/her college. Hard to blame them, though, when college costs the same as buying a new Lexus 4 years in a row...
One of the new JNT members is an avid soccer player, who plays in a select league and loves it -- but who also loves orienteering, and has managed to find a way to go hard at both. The description of this in the kid's JNT application should be required reading for parents like Jordan's dad...
For truly exceptional players. More often than not, IMO, parents of kids who are really good at a "mainstream" sport, conjure up heady fantasies of their kid's skills paying for most or all of his/her college.
I'm going to backtrack on my earlier comment about soccer paying for college, because I made it sound like Jordan (and his dad) are focusing on soccer because of the future scholarship (and beyond) dream. Because that's not really true.
Jordan's dad has the right perspective, and he wants Jordan to do what Jordan wants, and there's no pressure for Jordan to pursue soccer because of financial gains. Jordan's dad is doing this completely the right way.
Jordan has been playing soccer a lot longer, and he's also really really really good at it, and he really enjoys it. And he's also a high achiever, and he wants to really excel at it. Jordan is pressuring himself more than his parents are.
He also enjoys orienteering, but soccer is his first love. My "soccer pays for college" comment was more of a general comment about how there's a lot more future potential with soccer. It wasn't about this specific situation and the family needing Jordan to pursue soccer for the scholarship money. I apologize for making it seem that way.
My point is that I feel that Jordan should do what he wants to do. I talked with him and his dad about the JNT a year ago, and he decided he didn't want to pursue it. Jordan shouldn't sign up for the JNT because adults want him to.
If only there was an example of a US National team member in the PNW who focused on other sports in their teens and early 20s....
Devon Grove, who won WIOL Varsity Boys a few seasons ago, is wicked fast. He pursued XC in college (currently running NCAA Division 1). My hope is that he returns to orienteering when he graduates, because he'd be an asset to the US Team in Sprint.
I was thinking of someone in Portland, but Devon Grove sounds impressive as well.
Oh, I got who you were thinking of and was offering up another (potential) example.
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