Who is Who
Tom Hiltebrand

Tom Hiltebrand, M50, SUI

After being 12th in Canada 2005, you won the M50 gold medal in Austria 2006. Can you remember how hard and happy this triumph was?
It was a very great feeling, because I corrected the error I did in Canada. In Austria I caught the runner starting before me, same situation as a year ago. And also this time I made a mistake after leaving behind the other runner going to fast. But this time I could keep the time lost quiet little and attacked successfully on the last part of the course thanks to a very good physically shape.

However, in the last year (Finland 2007) you had an easy victory... but in B Final. What happened?
I made a very good race in the B-Final and was very happy about that! I knew that it would be very difficult to get a medal in this terrain and with all the Finnish orienteers participating. So I was very concentrated for the final, which I tried to reach with a minimal effort. This time the risk did not pay...

Do you believe that you are able to rectify this result in Portugal? Who else is in favourite position to win?
Yes, I hope to rectify this result in Portugal. It depends a lot of the health. I don't look too much the starting list, because I don't know the others enough.

When did you discover orienteering?
I discovered orienteering in 1969, 14-years old all myself wondering about this sport from hearing.

What do you enjoy most in orienteering?
The contacts with other runners.

Which best events have you run?
In orienteering: the Jukola-relay and many other competitions.
In running: Sierre-Zinal (about 31 km with 2000m climbing).

Have you ever competed in Portugal?
I have never been in Portugal, even not as a tourist!

Where have you been doing orienteering outside your country?
Austria, Italy, Croatia, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia, Canada, Israel, Australia.

Have you made any friendships in this sport?
During my first competition I made my first good contacts with other runners... and it never ends!

I personally remember your clear victory in Switzerland 5 Days 2005. Please, tell us other highlights of your sporting career.
I won some Swiss championships in relay and team-competition. As 39 years old runner I ended up 5th in the Swiss individual championship.

Which was your best year?
I think 1988. It came together the experience with some years of good training.

Do you remember your best (perfect) race?
I can't remember and make a comparison of all my competitions. The best race this year was the WMOC Final in Finland and the last year it was the WMOC Final in Austria. That means, I prepared me well physically, technically and mentally for the important competition - and this is always a great challenge.

What is the secret to be a winner?
To do your best in the right moment.

Who are your heroes in this sport?
There are no heroes, but persons with talent who do their best.

Simone, Merz, Hubmann, Schneider, Hertner, Rollier, Müller... Why Switzerland has so good orienteers?
We have several types of terrain, a very good organized trainer-education, a well-structured organization for the several teams.

Switzerland organized the JWOC 2005 and will organize WMOC 2010 and WOC 2013. Sure it is a tribute to the value of your athletes, but also to the quality of your terrains. Can you tell us something about the terrain and the landscape where the WMOC 2010 will be held?
It is a beautiful calcareous orienteering terrain. Not very typically for Switzerland.

Have you ever organized an orienteering event? Can you tell us any story about it?
I help organizing about 4 events a year, mostly as responsible for the informatics, but also in the technical sector. I was involved in all several multiple-day events and also in the WOC2003 in Switzerland. Our club organizes a 2-day event with chasing start for the second day. Because of some troubles it happened more than one time that there was no time to sleep between day 1 and 2...

Do you have any responsible position in your club or in your federation?
I am the responsible for the training in our club. In the past I was trainer for regional junior teams and national Elite-Team. Actually I am active in the education for club-trainers.

What kind of terrain do you prefer?
I prefer when I can use my running-speed. That means the technique should not slow down all the time. So I prefer the long legs (mixed with short ones).

Can you reveal any details of your weekly training program?
No details... I am varying between running, cycling and gymnastics avoiding long sessions because my doctor recommended me to stop with the running.

Do you have any special care with what you eat? What do you never eat or drink?
I try to eat various and I end up eating too much sweet stuff like Swiss-chocolate and cakes. I eat almost everything, but I don't drink coffee and beer.

Do you have orienteers in your family?
All (5) are orienteers!

What is your date of birth and where do you live?
I was born on 4 June 1955 and I live in Cadro (close to Lugano), canton Ticino, Switzerland.

What is your job? How can you coordinate your professional and sporting life?
Informatics, I am working as an independent. There is almost every time a possibility to coordinate professional and sporting life if there is the will to do it.

What are your hobbies besides orienteering?

What are your favourite website?
www.solv.ch (Swiss orienteering).

What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
Technically demanding but not too difficult competitions, hot weather, soft underground -> physically very demanding.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2007 Dec. 3rd.)

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