Who is Who
Torid Kvaal

Torid Kvaal, W65, NOR

(NOTE: After this interview has been received, Torid ran and won "Portugal O Meeting" in Algarve, Feb 2nd-5th.)

Two gold medals in the same race! You and Birgitta Olsson (SWE) shared 1st place in W65 in the last WMOC: exactly 41.16 for you both. How do you remember this Masters in Finland and particularly that special Final?
Last WMOC which was arranged in Kuusamo, Finland, I remember with pleasure. My qualifications were OK, and in the final I was happy to share the 1st place with Birgitta Olsson ( SWE). It was exciting minutes waiting at the finish for the last competitors to finish. I had lost ca 40 sec. towards the last control, so when B.O. was reported with the same time as I at the 2. last control, I was sure that she was going to beat me. But we fortunately got exactly the same time!

You also have had good results in previous Masters: 19th in Italy 2004, and 11th in Austria 2006, both in W60. Do you have any special memories from Asiago and Wiener Neustadt?
In Italy 2004 and in Austria 2006 I also was starting among the latest in my class. But I did mistakes in the finals. My earlier best result from WMOC was in Scotland when I got a 3rd place in W50 class in 1994.

In Portugal you will again compete against Birgitta Olsson. Who else is in a favourite position to win? What do you think about Pirkko Tahvanainen, Astrid Vigenstad or Ulla Lindhe?
Next June in Portugal I will again meet good runners and it will be difficult to be among the best. I know the type of terrain from earlier visits to Portugal and I look forward to interesting orienteering on good maps. But I ask myself if I am able to run fast enough in the terrain we are going to meet. The Sprint Races will bee new experience to look forward to.

How many times and have you competed in Portugal before?
We went to Portugal for orienteering for the first time in February 2001 and have chosen to go back every second year since then. This is partly because of good orienteering, but also because of friendly people, and a good atmosphere.

Do you have any special memories from an orienteering travel?
In November this year I returned from a special orienteering travel: "The 40th Autumn East travel" with WWOP around the Black Sea. We were 120 persons travelling in buses for more than 3 weeks. We were passing through 13 countries and we took part in 25 races. It was a challenging experience. During the travel we also took part in "Istanbul 5-days". The competitions where very good organized and I should like to go back another year.

What kind of terrain do you prefer? Technical? Physical?
I like to meet different kinds of terrains. But may be I am managing best technical difficult terrains, while I am not among the fastest runners. I like a lot to run in Denmark, and I think it is not so different from the terrain we will meet in WMOC in Portugal this year.

How often do you use the compass in a race?
When I am running, I am using the compass during the whole race. I am also measuring the distance on the map and am counting my steps almost the whole time.

What is your date of birth and where do you live?
I was born in August 1942 in Trondheim, Norway, and I still live there with my family.

How did you discover orienteering?
I took part in my first orienteering competition at the age of 23 years when I was in my last year of studies.

What do you enjoy most in orienteering?
The thing I enjoy most in orienteering is to try to find the controls without hesitating, or loosing time. I am hoping to do a perfect race.

Please indicate some highlights of your sporting career.
The first highlight in my orienteering career was to become the Norwegian Champion in 1973. At age of 31 and 33 years I took part in NOM (Nordic Championships) in Norway (1973) and in Denmark (1975). I was lucky to be on the relay team that surprisingly took gold medals both years.

Do you have orienteers in your family?
Most of my best friends are also running orienteering, and so do my husband and our son. It is a form of "lifestyle" in our family.

What kind of training do you use to do?
In Trondheim we have snow 5 months of the year. Therefore my winter training is 80% cross-country skiing. But we try to take a trip to southern Europe for orienteering one or two weeks during the winter. The last years we have mostly travelled to Portugal in February, but also to Spain and Italy.

What is your job?
I am a civil engineer. The last years I have been working as a teacher.

What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
I am confident that WMOC 2008 will be a perfect week and I really look forward to enjoy both the competitions and Portugal in the summer. I hope you too will.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2007 Dec. 12th.)

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[2008-06-20] Dieter Wolf, M55, SUI

[2008-06-19] Timo Teinila, WMOC speaker

[2008-06-19] Jorge Simões, WMOC Event Director assistant

[2008-06-18] Blair Trewin, M35, AUS

[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

[2008-06-13] Sarah Dunn, W40, GBR

[2008-06-12] Santos Sousa, WMOC planner

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[2008-06-10] Alexandre Reis, WMOC mapper and planner

[2008-06-09] Nick Duca, M40, CAN

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[2008-06-06] Irina Stepanova, W55, RUS

[2008-06-05] Luís Sérgio, WMOC mapper

[2008-06-04] Ari Kattainen, M50, FIN

[2008-06-03] Rui Antunes, WMOC Mapping coordinator

[2008-06-02] Jon Musgrave, M45, GBR

[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

[2008-05-28] Jurate Uleviciene, W55, LIT

[2008-05-26] Vladimir Ioffe, M70, ISR

[2008-05-23] José Fernandes, M45, POR

[2008-05-21] Ezio Paris, M55, ITA

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