An informal poll: if you don't normally tune in to watch 10MILA (Sweden's biggest orienteering relay), would you consider tuning in if there was an English-language stream available?
YES. But only if Boris were commentating.
What Ian said :). Even better if it is a Boris & Alli team broadcast.
The large Scandi relays are the best coverage orienteering has to show off the size of the sport, the athleticism, the club rivalries and more. As a coach of a large junior program having the opportunity to show this live to some of our top juniors while allowing them to follow along in english is good for motivation, inspiration and preparation. We try and arrange live streaming parties already but the lack of english shortens the attention span rather quickly for many of them because it is hard to keep track of who is "skipping along" the best.
So yeah what Ian said
I do normally watch, but I would be more active in getting my friends to follow along if there was a good English commentary to go along.
I guess I´ll have to tune in the English version this year ;-)
Boris vs Per. Why would you do that to us?
As you all know, the best way to follow Tiomila or Jukola is to be on-site watching the big screen and listening to the speakers. Second best is to do the same with the TV broadcast, possibly using a VPN to access the feed.
Third best is to be there and participate: When you run one of the later legs you pretty much have to sleep away significant parts of the relay, but OTOH you get the experience of running (particularly on Jukola) really interesting courses with people all over the place and long strings of headlamps between the forked sections.
If you have to pick one of them I would have to go for Jukola. This is something every orienteer _has_ to do at least once in their lifetime. Personally I have two highlights from that relay:
1) Running the second leg in 1985, passing half of the 50 teams in front of me and gaining 4 minutes on the leaders. We went on to win one of the top-25 prices that year with a team consisting completely of guys who had grown up together in a small Norwegian (25K people) town.
2) In 2011 I turned 55, when I arrived at the arena our coach told me that due to some illness in the teams I would have to run the longest night leg (15+ km). This would be the first time ever to do this in either Tio or Jukola, so I was very scared of bonking, but it went very well except for a "small" 8-minute wobble on the first (slightly misplaced as the GPS tracking from that year clearly shows) control.
Anyway, if you cannot get an English feed, try to get someone bilingual to translate the most important stuff!
Yes if in English, and at least doubly so if Boris is the commentator!
Just to clarify: there are discussions about whether it is financially beneficial (or even viable) for the 10mila organizers to add a dedicated English commentary for this year's event. Even if your answer has been expressed by someone else on his thread, it would be helpful to get an accurate representation of how many people would tune in.
I haven't usually paid for the live stream for 10Mila, but I would if English were an option.
I would follow the English broadcast (depending on company) since I'll be following from NZE due to World Masters Games. This will be a first time ever to follow from afar after being on site for 50 straight years.
Yes. We would be keen to watch an English broadcast in Australia.
We would happily pay to watch English coverage (though Swedish seems popular in our house too)
For sure. Might even ask people if they'd be interested in an O and Trail running podcast....