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Discussion: WOC 2014 sprint relay

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Jul 7, 2014 11:56 AM # 
Cristina:
The first WOC sprint relay starts in about 3.5 hours (17.30 Italy time/11:30am east coast USA).

It looks like the link for live info is: http://woc2014.info/live-woc.php?data=07072014

There are 34 teams. Running order is W-M-M-W. Winning time for all courses is 15 minutes, with men running slightly longer courses than women.

It sounds like the terrain is flat and urban (i.e. very fast). Should be fun!
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Jul 7, 2014 11:57 AM # 
Cristina:
Running for USA:

Sam
Ross
Ethan
Ali

As usual, more info on the blog.
Jul 7, 2014 12:17 PM # 
j-man:
You guys will rock! Good luck!
Jul 7, 2014 12:31 PM # 
Suzanne:
Go team!!!
Jul 7, 2014 12:39 PM # 
Canadian:
Pre-race info from a Canadian perspective: WOC Update: Opening Ceremony and Sprint Relay Preview
Jul 7, 2014 3:27 PM # 
barb:
omg this is so exciting! Are you all watching video feed?
Jul 7, 2014 3:31 PM # 
maprunner:
Trying to. Swedish TV link has "no video available"
Jul 7, 2014 3:31 PM # 
z-man:
http://www.svtplay.se/orientering-vm
Jul 7, 2014 3:33 PM # 
barb:
livecenter working great, as is the paid video... at the moment...
Jul 7, 2014 3:33 PM # 
barb:
oo, nice touch free system
Jul 7, 2014 3:34 PM # 
barb:
Sam!!!
OK I'll calm down.
Jul 7, 2014 3:35 PM # 
kofols:
audio: http://mixlr.com/woc2014/, SVT doesn't work
Jul 7, 2014 3:36 PM # 
KPop:
So awesome to watch!!
Jul 7, 2014 3:36 PM # 
barb:
Looks a little rainy.
Sam again!
Jul 7, 2014 3:39 PM # 
Acampbell:
@barb The touch free system is very cool!!! Got to test run it this spring in the UK when they got it to test it for WOC2015. Got to do a sprint relay like this and race against Tessa Hill who is racing now and the other brits and it was soooo fast!!! Murray Strain had the dibber on his head band even! its cool!
Jul 7, 2014 3:42 PM # 
barb:
Ross!!!!!
Jul 7, 2014 3:42 PM # 
mikeminium:
Lots of buffering delay trying to listen on I phone in Spain.
Jul 7, 2014 3:44 PM # 
barb:
Sam 40s behind leaders, looking good.
Jul 7, 2014 3:45 PM # 
BorisGr:
Is svtplay not working for anyone?
Jul 7, 2014 3:45 PM # 
BorisGr:
Ross!!!!!
Jul 7, 2014 3:46 PM # 
maprunner:
US ahead of SWE! Yeah, Sam!
Jul 7, 2014 3:46 PM # 
cmpbllv:
I can't even get onto the WOC website, appreciating Barb's updates!
Jul 7, 2014 3:46 PM # 
JLaughlin:
Sweden(Helena) lost a shoe...
Jul 7, 2014 3:47 PM # 
barb:
Great view of Ross waiting for Sam, shouting for her, and then Sam just after finishing.
Jul 7, 2014 3:47 PM # 
Acampbell:
Sam as only 27secs behind! Woot! and the brits doing well!
Jul 7, 2014 3:48 PM # 
BorisGr:
What a great race for Sam!
Jul 7, 2014 3:49 PM # 
BorisGr:
Ross with Sweden and Norway!
Jul 7, 2014 3:50 PM # 
PG:
Here in Trento this is all really cool.
Jul 7, 2014 3:51 PM # 
igor_:
SVT is not working for me.
Jul 7, 2014 3:51 PM # 
BorisGr:
IOF web TV working really well, with Per Forsberg's commentary from the arena
Jul 7, 2014 3:52 PM # 
Acampbell:
wish I wasn't at work so that I could watch the TV coverage :(
Jul 7, 2014 3:54 PM # 
Cristina:
Throwing some screenshots of the live coverage here:

http://imgur.com/a/4pA7V
Jul 7, 2014 3:55 PM # 
Cristina:
Ross was with NOR but they are taking different routes on the long leg.
Jul 7, 2014 3:56 PM # 
Becks:
I paid for webTV - worth every penny today.
Jul 7, 2014 3:57 PM # 
Cristina:
yep, agree, with the tv and gps and Per it's great.
Jul 7, 2014 3:58 PM # 
Acampbell:
Do you think they will store the TV coverage anywhere so you can watch a replay?
Jul 7, 2014 3:58 PM # 
BorisGr:
Just saw Ross behind Germany and Portugal.
Jul 7, 2014 4:00 PM # 
barb:
Ethan!!!!
(just caught a glimpse at the changeover)
Jul 7, 2014 4:02 PM # 
AliS:
The TV and GPS coverage is available on the Live Centre for free after 10pm on the day of the race, as I understand it....
Jul 7, 2014 4:02 PM # 
Tundra/Desert:
I hope there was no mispunch.
Jul 7, 2014 4:05 PM # 
BorisGr:
US 22nd after two legs, about 30 seconds in front of Canada
Jul 7, 2014 4:10 PM # 
BorisGr:
Looks like Ethan lost a lot of time in the beginning of his leg - 1:30 behind Damian for Canada now :(
Jul 7, 2014 4:10 PM # 
Cristina:
Did CAN get ahead of USA?
Jul 7, 2014 4:10 PM # 
barb:
Ethan had ~2 min error early on I think
Jul 7, 2014 4:10 PM # 
barb:
Hard to follow his track but I think maybe struggled to #1
Jul 7, 2014 4:13 PM # 
Acampbell:
Where is Kris?!
Jul 7, 2014 4:13 PM # 
BorisGr:
Alison>>10th
Jul 7, 2014 4:14 PM # 
BorisGr:
I wonder if Ali can bring us back into top 25. Would be a very good result.
Jul 7, 2014 4:14 PM # 
Acampbell:
Audio here is REALLY jumpy :/ Thanks!
Jul 7, 2014 4:15 PM # 
Acampbell:
Clean run like Sam's and I think so :)
Jul 7, 2014 4:17 PM # 
barb:
I think Ethan is on 10-11 and CAN is on 12-13 now.
Jul 7, 2014 4:19 PM # 
BorisGr:
Yeah, +1:45 to Canada now
Jul 7, 2014 4:21 PM # 
Ørret:
Hard to imagine anyone catching Wyder, she's pretty solid.
Jul 7, 2014 4:22 PM # 
barb:
handoff
Jul 7, 2014 4:23 PM # 
barb:
Ali at one just ahead of SLO and CHN
Jul 7, 2014 4:24 PM # 
Acampbell:
Did Ethan really mp?
Jul 7, 2014 4:26 PM # 
BorisGr:
Looks like it :(
Jul 7, 2014 4:26 PM # 
AZ:
Or was it Ross? He's missing two radio times in the Live results. But so are a bunch of other people. (Finding live radio times to be very confusing - but the video is the best 17 euros I've spent today ;-)

Or maybe the MP isn't right at all

Oh oh, when Per says "I don't know, that was strange" - it is a little worrying. He just said that - not sure what he's talking about but can't be good
Jul 7, 2014 4:28 PM # 
BorisGr:
When I was watching Ethan's GPS, it was hard to follow, but did not look like he went to #2.... but these are just speculations
Jul 7, 2014 4:28 PM # 
Ørret:
Ross shows ok in the online results, as opposed to Ethan. We'll have to wait and see...
Jul 7, 2014 4:29 PM # 
maprunner:
SUI-DEN-RUS for the medals
Jul 7, 2014 4:29 PM # 
Acampbell:
COME ON CAT!!!!! So close to a top 5!!!!
Jul 7, 2014 4:30 PM # 
BorisGr:
Another WOC medal for Khramov!
Jul 7, 2014 4:30 PM # 
AZ:
Wow - that was fantastic!! What fun.

Top runners are in - now to see how US / Canada do...
Jul 7, 2014 4:31 PM # 
BorisGr:
Great race from Cat to go from 11th to 6th!
Jul 7, 2014 4:32 PM # 
BorisGr:
Looks like Ali is in front of Tori now.
Jul 7, 2014 4:33 PM # 
barb:
Did not see how that happened
Jul 7, 2014 4:33 PM # 
Acampbell:
Ali should pull top 25 then, but mp?
Jul 7, 2014 4:34 PM # 
BorisGr:
Yes, I think so. It looks like she passed Tori just after the arena passing.
Jul 7, 2014 4:36 PM # 
Acampbell:
surely they should wait for the rest of the like 5 teams to finish before flowers!?
Jul 7, 2014 4:36 PM # 
barb:
Ali neck and neck w/JPN & CHN; should be interesting
Jul 7, 2014 4:36 PM # 
BorisGr:
Bulgaria is MP in the live results, but has a result on the screen that they are showing. Maybe there is hope for US too?
Jul 7, 2014 4:38 PM # 
barb:
"this is a hard battle!"
Jul 7, 2014 4:39 PM # 
barb:
Wow super exciting. 4 screens, 2 sound feeds...
Congrats to all
Jul 7, 2014 4:40 PM # 
BorisGr:
So does anyone who is there (PG?) know if the US is officially MP?
Jul 7, 2014 4:41 PM # 
kwilliams:
Great job everyone!! Classic Ross on SVT TV, cheering with his shirt off, next to Sam... :-)
Jul 7, 2014 4:41 PM # 
Greg_L:
at the minimum, one of the hard battles must have been against the weather!
Jul 7, 2014 4:43 PM # 
iansmith:
Sam has this amusing "collapse on the exchange fence" pose after relays that was captured nicely in Cristina's feed shots:
Jul 7, 2014 4:44 PM # 
JLaughlin:
"Don't slip, Don't slip."

A lot of the streets were definitely slick.
Jul 7, 2014 4:48 PM # 
Cristina:
Sam and Ross waiting for Ali:


Ross running with Øystein Kvaal Østerbø:


Tried to get Ali's face while waiting for the handoff but she was jumping up and down and wouldn't stop, even when I yelled at the screen for her to stop, so this was the best I could do:

Jul 7, 2014 4:53 PM # 
PG:
Ethan skipped a control is the unconfirmed word here.
Jul 7, 2014 4:55 PM # 
PG:
Ali said she had a good run. very very slippery as the rain got harder and harder. Cobblestones ok, marble terrible.
Jul 7, 2014 4:56 PM # 
PG:
great finish to hold off China though of course we are DQ.
Jul 7, 2014 4:59 PM # 
PG:
And another super run from Sam starting from the last row. And yes it mattered, could have been even better.

She's had a great 2014.
Jul 7, 2014 5:16 PM # 
Cristina:
... and we're only halfway through!
Jul 7, 2014 5:28 PM # 
Becks:
The best bit about Sam was the cheeky grin just after the collapse on the fence move. Lovely to see the smile from a very good performance. Well done!
Jul 7, 2014 6:19 PM # 
Grandjean:
Not sure if everyone knows this already but you can watch the Sprint Relay here: http://www.svtplay.se/video/2167223/vm-i-orienteri.... I just watched the Sprint Final from yesterday, a day late but still exciting!
Jul 7, 2014 7:39 PM # 
Samantha:
Thanks for the support everyone and thanks for watching! Becky - I could see that there was a camera on me, and I thought a smile would be appropriate after looking exhausted. Fun that it made it on the camera :)
Jul 7, 2014 7:42 PM # 
PG:
I saw a shot on the big screen of Ross and Sam as spectators at the end, with Ross shirtless, of course. Anyone else see that? Very fine shot.
Jul 7, 2014 7:52 PM # 
Cristina:
Like this?
Jul 7, 2014 8:04 PM # 
EChild:
I missed my second to last control. It was on a straight line with the final one and I didn't see the control in the middle. Apparently it happened to three other teams.
Jul 7, 2014 8:07 PM # 
blairtrewin:
Surprised there's been no Australian cheering yet, so I'll supply some - very pleased to make the top 10, even if we'd just started to dream of something better still when we were in third after 1 1/2 legs.

It was as well the race wasn't any later; the rain changed from steady to torrential a couple of minutes after the leaders finished.
Jul 7, 2014 11:23 PM # 
tRicky:
Go Australia!

Too late? I was asleep when this was on.
Jul 7, 2014 11:55 PM # 
barb:
Ethan!!!!!!
Jul 7, 2014 11:55 PM # 
barb:
P.S., yay Australia.
Jul 7, 2014 11:56 PM # 
Uncle JiM:
tRicky, asleep?? Its prime time viewing in the west
Jul 8, 2014 3:40 AM # 
tRicky:
Half past midnight is not prime time viewing for me :-)
Jul 8, 2014 4:45 PM # 
Vector:
I did that same thing once, flying by a control on a straight line on the way to the next one, was at the Flying Pig sprint at IU in 2013, and I even ran right past it close enough to punch it just thinking it was another course's control, would have been a decent run for me and my first score in the 70's on blue, in a sprint I think it's an easy thing to have happen, but hats off to the whole team USA for being so competitive and cool to see all the positives coming out of this like the bounce backs and impressive results despite some of the situations, go USA!
Jul 8, 2014 4:47 PM # 
JanetT:
Watch out for this team in 2015!!!
Jul 8, 2014 8:45 PM # 
ken:
Photos from the wet and wild sprint relay.
Jul 8, 2014 9:48 PM # 
MJChilds:
Thanks for the great photos! Keep 'em coming, please.
Jul 9, 2014 7:23 AM # 
simmo:
Interesting comments at the bottom of this World of O story regarding Kyburz knocking over a waitress with a tray of drinks during his decisive leg.
Jul 10, 2014 12:52 PM # 
j-man:
Obviously the excitement and visibility generated by orienteering in urban settings is desirable. But, is anyone in leadership concerned about the inevitable lack of fairness and stochastic events at the margins? We see (and a priori would expect) various circumstances that mar otherwise excellent events. I guess this is what happens when you want to make an omelet?
Jul 10, 2014 12:54 PM # 
feet:
I'd be more concerned about legal liability for injury to third parties who just happen to be in the way in the competition area than fairness, if I were a WOC organizer. I rather hope the waitress sues the Italian organizers and the IOF. Better to get a judgment against orienteering now to make the IOF stop this ridiculousness, before someone actually gets seriously injured and the lawsuit is enough to put orienteering in the host country out of business.
Jul 10, 2014 3:10 PM # 
AZ:
I rather hope the waitress sues the Italian organizers and the IOF
American perspective? ;-)

stop this ridiculousness
I've run many urban sprints and they are great fun. I think the big difference is that I've never been competing for a World Champs medal, so I tend to have different priorities when running. It would be tragic if urban sprints were stopped.

fairness Life isn't fair ;-) There is almost no sport in the world that is completely fair - there's usually some outside factor influencing results, such as weather, referees, judges, spectators (watching TdF right now)

At the Canadian Champs this summer there will be an urban sprint in a high traffic pedestrian village - the solution to reducing "incidents" is to hold the race early, before the shops open and the paths and alleyways get thick with people

AZ - Sprint Fan
Jul 10, 2014 3:48 PM # 
ndobbs:
American perspective?
Chicago perspective ;)
Jul 11, 2014 12:43 AM # 
slow-twitch:
At the World Cup sprint qualifier in Wellington there was small a group of office workers having an outdoor lunch basically right on the approach line to one of the controls. I'm guessing they didn't come away from the experience with quite a positive attitude to a little known sport as some people would have from having a number of the world's top women orienteers running over the top of them... though I did wonder why they didn't decide to move a couple of metres to one side (maybe their contribution to keeping fairness in the results)

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