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Discussion: Ski-O World Cup Long Distance

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Jan 30, 2012 12:26 AM # 
The first race of the WC Ski-O in California is tomorrow. The schedule has been re-jiggered because of a venue change. New schedule is posted here.

Today was a model event at Northstar XC on the north side of Lake Tahoe. The snow was nice in the shade, but getting soft fast in the sun. High temp today was about 12C (54F) with bright sun. Forecast is slightly cooler tomorrow, but not by much. Start is 8 AM PST, so should be cool enough at race time. Really neat to see all the national teams at the model.

All the ski shops in town are talking about the races, and we even have a local star to show off: Marie-Catherine Bruno is on the cover of this month's issue of Cross Country Skier Magazine. Click on the "Digital Magazine" link to see the cover. Its great fun to walk into a shop with her and pick up the mag to show the owners.

The US guys and gals were all out today. Everyone looks good and seems healthy and ready to race.
Jan 30, 2012 12:55 AM # 
There will be GPS tracking for the WC races. Tracking page is here
Jan 30, 2012 1:44 AM # 
Thanks for the info! Hope you can keep us posted on how things go.
Jan 30, 2012 3:12 AM # 
Yes, thanks for the update. Excited for tomorrow!
Jan 30, 2012 3:12 AM # 
Unfortunately there will not be GPS tracking tomorrow. The TracTrac units are still somewhere with UPS.

We will have live results online at
The live results will include data from a radio control on course, and the last control, along with the final results as they download.

Please don't refresh the page, it will automatically update as results come in.
Jan 30, 2012 5:47 AM # 
Go Team Giggles!

And Nikolay and Adrian!
Jan 30, 2012 6:25 AM # 
What is the start time on Monday?
Jan 30, 2012 6:26 AM # 
8am PST
Jan 30, 2012 7:44 AM # 
Thanks for the updates Eddie! Keep them coming and good luck to Team USA!!!
Jan 30, 2012 4:48 PM # 
Anyone seeing any results yet?
Jan 30, 2012 5:03 PM # 
I assume they'll be here when available. They just started an hour ago.
Jan 30, 2012 5:06 PM # 
I think Sandy means this: We will have live results online at

And, no, nothing on my screen yet.
Jan 30, 2012 5:15 PM # 
Oh, right; forgot about that.
Jan 30, 2012 5:29 PM # 
Anyone have a link to start lists for the WCs?
Jan 30, 2012 5:36 PM # 
Jan 30, 2012 5:48 PM # 
Any news yet? I got my pst right I think, they've been out there almost two hours?
Jan 30, 2012 6:16 PM # 
Over two hours now. I guess the live results aren't working...?

Surely someone has a magic phone or something and can post some tidbits.
Jan 30, 2012 6:23 PM # 
Yes please! Would love to have an inkling. Anything on the Swedish or Norwegian pages?
Jan 30, 2012 6:35 PM # 
Jan 30, 2012 7:09 PM # 
Ali 4th!
Any other news?
Jan 30, 2012 7:23 PM # 
Tove won, apparently.
Jan 30, 2012 7:26 PM # 
Did Ali finish 4th? How do you know about Tove?
Jan 30, 2012 7:28 PM # 
Ali 4th reported by kadley in linked thread. Tove wins posted on Swedish Ski-o Facebook page.
Jan 30, 2012 7:29 PM # 
More from FB:

1. Tove
2. Josefine Engström
3. Polina Malchikova

1. Andrei Grigoriev
2. Hans Jørgen Kvåle
‎3. Lars Hol Moholdt
Jan 30, 2012 8:00 PM # 
Alex Jospe in 11th.

Top three men's photo:!/hjkvale/status/1640656850964...
Jan 30, 2012 8:26 PM # 
Since WC start lists don't exist until the evening before the race -- if at all (mass start) -- is there a list of WC participants somewhere?
Jan 30, 2012 8:33 PM # 
News from SOFT:
Jan 30, 2012 8:48 PM # 
Yeah, we were hoping to use 3G internet for the live results but there wasn't enough cell coverage at the venue. Hopefully it will be better for the next races.
Jan 30, 2012 8:58 PM # 
Jan 30, 2012 9:15 PM # 
pi>> That article also says that there was a Swede in 4th place too. Anyone know the true story?
Jan 30, 2012 9:52 PM # 
I shot a few pics for the first hr after the start. Crunching now, should have them uploaded soon. Ali definitely in 4th, Alex 11th, *just* out of 10th. I didn't see Nikolay's result, but I got to cheer him and Dr. Nick out in the terrain while I was out.
Jan 30, 2012 9:56 PM # 
Ed is basically tangled in wires out there :). I think he has 8 computers, multiple radios and antennae. They have a 3G modem, but as Carol said, no 3G at today's venue. We barely have cell coverage at the houses nearby. Should be much better coverage at the sprints tomorrow. I'm told the timing hut at Auburn has wired internet.
Jan 30, 2012 10:01 PM # 
Compliments from Tove about the course -- "It's cool when there is so much orienteering with different route choices as there was today."
Jan 30, 2012 10:01 PM # 
No cell coverage today as others have said. I did just upload a set of results to the live results page though. I think official results will be up on the BAOC page soon. You can take the WCup results on the live-results page as final, as that is the way they have been submitted to the IOF. The ski-o rankings should be updated this afternoon.
Jan 30, 2012 10:03 PM # 
Wednesday is the sprint at Auburn. We think there is a wired internet connection in the timing hut, so we will try again to get live results online. There is 3G at TahoeXC, so look forward to some results and GPS tracking for those events.
Jan 30, 2012 10:27 PM # 
Just FYI - the live results are unofficial, as there are some mistakes in them still.

Link to unofficial results.
Jan 30, 2012 11:13 PM # 
The live-results have been corrected.
The finish was a bit of chaos due to the mass start and us having to get everyone to punch a finish box in order of when their foot crossed the line.
We successfully used a gopro as backup timing, and had to refer to it to determine some of the mens results. I'l going to try and pull out some frames tonight to show one of the guys throwing his foot to take the place by 10cm.
Jan 30, 2012 11:24 PM # 
Here are my photos from WC1 Long Distance today. Light got better and better as the sun came up, so the late ones are a little better.
Jan 30, 2012 11:35 PM # 
Photo finish from the mens race for 3rd/4th
Jan 30, 2012 11:38 PM # 
Thanks for the details. If you've got photos you're willing to share, post them here! I'm trying to pass the best nuggets along, so we can keep the local orienteers in the loop. Who knows, it might encourage a few more last minute trips up the mountain this weekend.
Jan 31, 2012 12:50 AM # 
Tahoe Donner long maps:

WCups courses were two forked loops, then a third common loop. So for example a men's course might be M-AB then M-BA then M-3.

NA champs Green was just M-3, NA champs Red was F-AA, F-BB, F-3.
Jan 31, 2012 6:22 AM # 
Good work to the our skiers but to have the winner talk about how great the courses were is also a great statement for the organizers. Good work all around!
Jan 31, 2012 7:06 PM # 
I found a fair bit of Ski-O coverage at World of O.
Jan 31, 2012 7:13 PM # 
Congratulations! To our athletes, and also our organizers!

I have to admit, being out there at Christmas, I was worried about snow. Was it an issue?
Jan 31, 2012 9:08 PM # 
World Cup and NA champs Long courses are now on RouteGadget. Visit for introduction or go directly to to draw your route.

RouteGadget handles Goats, Score-O's, butterfly loops, etc. nicely as it has an option to use splits to determine the order in which each competitor visited the controls. In a way, each competitor makes their own course.
Jan 31, 2012 10:26 PM # 
It would be great to see some more prominent coverage on the OUSA site, too. IOF has some materials, which is nice.
Feb 1, 2012 12:39 AM # 
I sent Janet a bunch of stuff late last night - banners, photos and link suggestions. I presume she had to work today, so maybe tonight. There is a nice blurb on the team page, but no links to it from front-and-center yet. Ed has some videos that we'll try to get posted after the race tomorrow.
Feb 1, 2012 1:13 AM # 
Here are a few candid shots from the NA middle champs at Royal Gorge today. Pretty low key. The finish was remote, and by remote I mean there was a 2.5km ski back to the start from the finish, with a bit of climb near the end. I wasn't so inclined to ski back to take pics :) Another warm, sunny day. Nice hanging out on the deck.
Feb 1, 2012 3:14 AM # 
We have great cell signal in the timing hut here at auburn, so tomorrow the radio controls should be online. The TracTrac units arrived tonight and will be going out on the skiers tomorrow. Thanks to Henning Spjelkavik we will also be trying to stream the announcer over the internet.

GPS tracking:
Live Results:
Streaming Audio:
Feb 1, 2012 3:19 AM # 
Feb 1, 2012 4:10 AM # 
Whoo, can't wait! When does it kick off?
Feb 1, 2012 4:54 AM # 
First WCup start at 9:00AM pacific time.
Feb 1, 2012 5:32 AM # 
Article, photos, and a video featuring Ali from Sacramento TV station KCRA.
Feb 1, 2012 5:43 AM # 
Its Alex rather than Ali :), but yeah, very cool! Thanks for the link.
Feb 1, 2012 2:24 PM # 
It's not that cool. Where's the word orienteering? It's ominously absent from the whole article!
Feb 1, 2012 2:25 PM # 
Luckily Alex is always cool, and does the job in the video nicely.
Feb 1, 2012 5:23 PM # 
The print article was barely about the racing; it was mostly an unabashed plug for the snow! Way to get them on point (ours), Alex!

(the ski area must be a KCRA sponsor)

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