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Some, maybe a lot, already know that the 2011 World Orienteering Champs and World Trail-O’ Champs start tomorrow. But just in case, here’s a bit of a heads up about what’s on tap.
The WOC is being held in Chambery, France, a small city in eastern France about an hour’s drive southwest of Geneva. The sprint will be urban, as has become the tradition, whereas the other events will take place in the hills to the east. Maybe I should say mountains, or at least very serious hills, elevation around 4,000-4,500 feet. And from all appearances, it will be rough and tough orienteering.
The most spectacular shot was by Nadezhda Popova who was playing a threesome with Joanne and Sam. She teed off for hole #2. It bounced over onto the green for #3, went through the tunnel under the windmill, missing the arms of the windmill which would block the tunnel and was just inches from a hole-in-one! Not bad for a first time mini-golfer. :-)
Complete details in the Events List.
In which we periodically examine how art imitates life and life imitates orienteering.
by Peter Amram
The hero of Kim, Rudyard Kipling's classic of adventure and intrigue in India in the late 19th century, is a young Irish orphan, Kimball O'Hara. Kim enters a school specializing in geography and cartography. His covert sponsor for this education was the cynical and exacting British Secret Service, and Kim was being prepared as an intelligence agent for the Great Game: the struggle between the British and Russians for control of Central Asia.