Who is Who
Pavlina Brautigam

Pavlina Brautigam, W45, USA

Picture: Pavlina and Joe Brautigam

You have got in W40 a silver medal in Canada 2005 and in W45 a gold medal in Austria 2006. Can you remember any details from these Masters?
Canada 2005 was my first ever WM and made me wish I hadn't missed the others before. The atmosphere was incredible - just like the World Champs, except not as stressful.

In Portugal, you will again compete against Marje Viirmann, from Estonia, whom you beat by 3 min. in Austria. Who else is in a favourite position to win your class?
I have not checked the list of entrants and I don't think in that direction of who is in the competition. It was just great in Austria when I met many of the "girls" with whom we used to race against at World Champs in the 80s. About winning again-if I train right, it sure can happen again.

Next summer we will have for the first time in WMOC a Sprint Race (Qualifying and Final). Do you like this new situation? Personally, does it suit your abilities and skills?
Do I like it? I love it. I am not a sprinter. I mean I am not a fast runner, but I like sprints anyway. There is so much excitement in them.

Viktoria Brautigam, Evalin Brautigam, Pavlina Brautigam (yourself) and Joe Brautigam. It was the composition of the team who won the silver medal (8 points) in US Orienteering Relay Championships 2006. Same family?
Yes it is the whole family. My husband Joe, our two daughters, Viktoria, 22, and Evalin, 11. It was fun to be on our family team.

Besides the four relayers, do you have anybody else doing orienteering in your family? How old were the youngest when they began orienteering?
No other family members are involved in O. Both our daughters grew up with orienteering - from being carried on courses, through string-o, to running courses on their own.

Do you remember Minnesota 1997? You still were a young lady and it could have been your first WMOC. Have you been there?
I remember the event being held, but I was not there. I wish I was.

What is your date of birth and where do you live?
Born 14.3.1961 in Bulgaria. I live in the US now in Bethel, Connecticut.

How did you discover orienteering and for how long have you practiced it?
It was one of the many after school activities when I was in 6th grade and it seemed to draw me in with the adventurous appeal in it. 33 years total.

Please indicate some highlights of your sporting career?
I still remember winning 1st place in W17 at Ostsee Cup. At the time with hundreds of competitors in each category. Other notable highlights include uncounted National Championships, 12 WOCs and WC at Austria.

Which was your best season? Can you exemplify with results?
Best on local national level was 1982 fall season in BG. I was in great shape and won everything then. 1991-easily qualified for the middle distance at WOC in Czech Republic. Placed 26th

Do you remember your best or most exciting race?
I do think of a few races as best ones, but the most exciting one of them was a 1st leg on a "Spring Cup" relay in Sweden 1991. I finished 1st out of more ant 300 relays and felt great to cross the finish line and realize that everyone else is way behind (probably more than 30 sec).

Which have been the best events where you have been?
When I first attended one of the big international multi-days, I was overwhelmed with the scale of the events; thousands of orienteering fans like me in one place, enjoying their favorite sport. Since then, it seems that I like them the most and relays like Tiomila, Jukola, and similar.

Have you ever competed in Portugal?
Have not been in Portugal, but I am sure I will like it. I like to orienteer in places I have not been before.

Where else have you been doing orienteering outside your country?
I have been most everywhere in Europe and a couple times fast east: Vladivostok and Japan.

What kind of terrain do you prefer?
I prefer technical terrain, but like to have variety and change. I enjoy them all.

How often do you use the compass in a race?
I don't know. I don't keep track of how often, but I guess it depends on the terrain.

How many hours do you train in a week?
As many as I can squeeze into my busy schedule, but it never seems to be enough. I try to run every day, even though often it is only 10-15 mins at a time.

Do you have any special program of training in order to improve your performance at the moment of WMOC?
I have a wish to increase my training, but I wouldn't call it a program.

Besides training, what is the secret to be a winner?
I don't believe there are any secrets to being a winner, but three things that I believe in are self motivation, self discipline and a commitment to your sport.

Have you ever organized an orienteering event? Do you have good memories from that experience?
Mostly on a local level for our club and other organizations. The best feeling is when it is all over, but more importantly knowing that I contributed to my sport.

Do you have any responsible position in your club or in your federation?
I often help setting local events or when we have a national meet, I give instruction to beginners and teach groups of scouts.

What is your job? How can you coordinate professional and sporting life?
By profession, I am a physical education teacher, but my occupation is a school bus driver. It gives me free time, which I wish I could use better for training.

Do you have any special care with what you eat?
I eat everything. I enjoy eating healthy food. I don't like and never eat ice cream and never drink coffee.

What are your hobbies besides orienteering?
Most outdoor activities: bike, hike, cross-country skiing. I love reading.

Can you suggest a book, a film or a music that we can't miss?
I like the book "Spy on the roof of the world". It is a story of espionage and survival in the Himalayas [written by Sydney Wignall].

What are your favourite websites or blogs?
I usually don't spend much time on the computer, but I will occasionally check for events in Bulgaria. My husband likes to visit attackpoint.org [http://www.attackpoint.org].

What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
To have a memorable time, shared with the thousands of orienteers from all over the world.


After sending questions to Pavlina whose name I have found in evidence in last WMOC results, I realized that also Joe has an orienteering curriculum and I wondered: maybe they are wife and husband. So, 3 weeks ago and before receiving Pavlina's answers, I sent three new questions to Joe Brautigam. Lucky decision. Here we have the best story.

Do you remember the WOC events in Germany 1995 and Scotland 1999, where you both had been in US team? Please, tell us a little about those experiences. How were your races and the atmosphere in these events? Maybe you have a special story from Detmold or Inverness...
WOC in Germany and Scotland were great from a relationship standpoint for me and Pavlina, but WOC in US in 1993 was most memorable. We were married at the WOC banquet in front of hundreds of orienteers and friends! At the time Pavlina was competing for Bulgaria and I was competing for the US. Our life revolves around orienteering so anytime we can travel to new places and compete we are happy.

In Arizona 2004, your team (Pavlina and Joe) got the 15th place among 174 teams in 6th World Rogaining Championship and you got 1st place in your Master category. In Portugal, we don't have Rogaining. Can you explain in few words what Rogaining is? Which abilities are required for a so long adventure? And what memories do you have from Arizona 2004?
In Arizona in 2004 we beat some very competitive teams from around the world for the Masters Championship title. We were very happy with our result and hope to some day compete together again in a Rogaine. We find the distance to be the real challenge. If you feel you don't get enough orienteering at normal events, then do a rogaine. Rogaining is orienteering, multiplied many times, done non-stop for 24 hours while hoping the body can handle it. We remember the pain towards the end and afterwards how difficult it was to walk.

I found Joe's name in Sprint Series Fantasy. Can you explain what is it? And also it seems, by some events, that you usually have good results in Sprint races. Do you have special skills to this discipline?
As Pavlina mentioned, sprints can be fun even if you are not winning. When you can push yourself at your maximum for 15-20 minutes and still navigate without error then you can be happy whether you won or finished last. The sprint series fantasy was a fun way of cheering on your favorite runners. Everyone had to choose the winners of a series of head to head races and you received points for correct picks. There was a similar idea for a recent WOC where you bought a team and coach and based on their results you would receive more money. It was fun.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Jan. 15th.)

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[2008-06-18] Mariett Matias, WMOC Media responsible

[2008-06-17] David May, WMOC Senior Event Advisor

[2008-06-16] Gottfried Tobler, M60, AUT

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[2008-06-14] Fernando Costa, WMOC Marketing responsible

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[2008-05-31] Jacinto Eleutério, WMOC Course coordinator

[2008-05-30] Rune Carlsson, M70, SWE

[2008-05-29] Åke Jacobson, IOF President

[2008-05-29] Augusto Almeida, POF President

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