Hey! I went to a CAOC event in August. Won my division too! Remember?
I guess I just think that a close-up of a slim, attractive women dressed in O gear, and running hard in competition is sexy. I don't have the inventory of back issues as coach does, but scanning through my pile going back 5-6 years, I see no other cover that appeals as much as Dave Yee's shot of Evalin high-stepping down the finish chute at JWOC. It is a beautifully composed shot, that 'fills the frame' as so few O/NA subjects do: good lighting, great colors, an engaging expression of concentration on her face...all draw you into the photo. An excellent cover! It tells a story~ One that should appeal to anyone, male or female; orienteer or not.
My chief complaint about OUSA publicity is that it seems to be designed to appeal only to OUSA members...not the general public. I'm sure we've all been on the cover at least once; my cover was November 1996, being run-down by Edwin Gookin; Soupbone's cover was a bit better in December 2007, running by himself with a very concerned grimace on his face. But we were both over 50 on those covers! Dedicated but crusty old men! Would anyone pick up those O/NAs from a coffee table rather than Sports Illustrated
if given the choice?
Another example: Take a look at the 4 rotating pictures in OUSA's Home page
. Lots of people we all know including another crusty old guy with the caption 'Discover a sport of Champions.' But is there anything that would catch the interest, and appeal to a non-orienteer?
Sorry my terminology is offensive to some. But this is my log. And I'm trying to express myself and my feelings as best as I can. 'Babe' and 'sexy' are perfectly acceptable terms in my book, as in 'He/she is a babe!' or He/she looks sexy in that outfit.' They're so much more descriptive than 'She looks nice on that cover' Don't you agree?