Who is Who
Matti Railimo

Matti Railimo, M60, FIN

NOTE: After this interview has been received, Matti ran 2 events in Portugal: "POM", Feb 2-5 (2nd on day 3 and 1st on day 4) and Cantanhede, Feb 9-10, where he won.

Your 3 first Masters in M55 were very good: 3rd in Norway 2003; 4th in Italy 2004; 1st in Canada 2005. Do you remember any particularity of these events?
All events were very interesting on their own way.

However, when we think in your victory in Canada, we also remember the disqualification (m. p.) of Tapio Peippo, who has finished with the best time. How did you live this episode? Which control system do you prefer: SI or Emit?
I was regretting it very much. SI is the best one, because it is easier to use.

In Austria 2006 you were 16th. During May and June 2007 you have run a lot of good races and it seemed that you were well prepared to the WMOC at home. But Finland 2007 was not good for you: You did not start (DNS) in the Final. What happened?
My leg was hurting (it is old injury).

How many times have you been in WMOC events? Which WMOC was the best for you (organization, terrain, courses, landscape, etc.)?
I have been 8 times in WMOC. The best was Italy.

Portugal 2008 will be your first WM in M60. Do you think you are able to win in Long Distance? Who else is in a favourite position to win?
If my leg is in good condition, I suspect that I have good position. Finnish competitors are in position to win.

You are a very good sprinter. I noticed, for instance, your victories in Kansallinen Nastolassa (May 2007) with 9.09 in 1.8 km, and in Rasti-Jussit (June 2007) with 11.27 in 2,0 km. Do you do any special training to improve speed?
I am running a lot of my races abroad. I live quite near Vierumäki Sport Centre, and I have possibility to run there.

Portugal 2008 will offer for the first time an official Sprint race in WMOC. What is your goal to this competition?
I hope to do a good sprint.

You have been to Portugal in POM 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007. POM 2002 was held in a terrain maybe similar to the next WMOC (pines, dunes). Do you still remember this terrain?
POM 2002 in Marinha Grande was very good place and, I should say, that terrain is very interesting.

Not only in WMOC, your name appears competing (and usually winning) in different countries: Costa Calida (Spain), Maroc Relay, Holland 5 Days, Scottish 6 Days, Istanbul 5 Days. How many countries have you been competing?
I calculate that I have visited about 25 countries. Because I must use glasses, raining is not good.

You are doing orienteering along, at least, 40 years. I saw your name in Jukola 1968, when, in 4th leg, you did the 8th best time among 262 competitors (1.20.41 in 11.8 km). Was it your first Jukola?
No, my first Jukola was 1964 in Joutseno.

What is your date of birth and where do you live?
My date of birth is 13.02.1948. My house is situated on the lake. My town is Heinola, south part of Finland.

Relays are very common in Scandinavian. Jukola and Tiomila are a "must" for orienteering fans all over the world. How many times have you been in Jukola? Do you special remember any year?
I have been there about 30 times in Jukola. The very bad competition was Kytäjä Jukola about 1980.

Which leg do you prefer to do: first, last or one in the middle?
When my condition is good, it's all the same to me.

How many orienteers do you have in your club? How do you constitute teams for relays?
About 200 orienteers. There are different people.

Can you describe the atmosphere of a Jukola relay?
It depends of the weather of course... because the happening is in the nature.

Halikko viesti (Angelniemen Ankkuri), in October 2007, maybe was your last relay. You did the 1st leg and your team finished in 30th among 137 teams. Was it a good race? How was the terrain?
Terrain was very good, but I was making a lot of errors.

Please, indicate other highlights of your sporting career.
I remember good weeks in Switzerland and in Portugal, when I was winning.

Which season was the best for you?
I think that my best season was 2003.

Do you remember your best (perfect) race, or the worst, or the most exciting?
My best was when I won. The bad were when I was lost. The most exciting was when I saw the big animals.

What kind of training do you use to do?
I run many times in a week in paths and ways and also in forests. One week I run one hour and one week it comes 10 hours and in the winter I can ski also.

You already have a long and continuous life competing. What do you do to prevent injuries?
Once in the month I go to the massage.

What kind of terrain do you prefer to do orienteering?
I like open terrain and mountain also.

What is the main line of your orienteering technique? How often do you use the compass?
A heavy run, I would say. In sprint I do not use compass.

Do you have a coach or do you plan by yourself?
No coach. I do it myself.

Do you have any special care with what you eat? What is your favourite food?
I like meat. Specially pepper steak. I don't like fish.

What is your job? How can you coordinate your professional and sporting life?
I am engineer. I have my own office.

What are your hobbies besides orienteering?
I like travelling a lot.

Can you suggest a book, a film or a music?
I like classic music.

What are your favourite websites or blogs?
I like sport in TV.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2007, Dec 13th.)

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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

[2008-06-16] Tuulikki Salmenkylä, W45, FIN

[2008-06-16] Arvo Majoinen, M80, FIN

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

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

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

[2008-06-11] Sigurd Daehli, M55, NOR

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

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

[2008-06-07] Tiago Aires, WMOC mapper and planner

[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

[2008-05-19] Gabriella Györffy, W40, HUN

[2008-05-16] Alberto Minguez, M40, ESP

[2008-05-14] Tomas Zdrahal, M55, CZE

[2008-05-12] Paulo Becker, M45, BRA

[2008-05-09] Ingrid Roll, W70, NOR

[2008-05-07] Jerzy Parzewski, M55, POL

[2008-05-05] Hugh Moore, M60, AUS

[2008-05-02] Martin Checkley, M55, GBR

[2008-04-30] Etienne Bousser, M60, FRA

[2008-04-28] Andreas Grote, M40, SUI

[2008-04-24] Liudmila Labutina, W65, RUS

[2008-04-22] Freddy Sillien, M60, BEL

[2008-04-17] Tomislav Kaniski, M35, CRO

[2008-04-14] Eero Tuuteri, M85, FIN

[2008-04-10] Lena Nordahl, W80, SWE

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[2008-03-17] Alida Abola, W50, LAT

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[2008-03-10] Cornelia Eckardt, W35, GER

[2008-03-06] Joaquim Sousa, M35, POR

[2008-03-03] Birgitta Olsson, W75, SWE

[2008-02-20] J. Salmenkylä, M75, FIN

[2008-02-18] Torid Kvaal, W65, NOR

[2008-02-15] Mykola Bozhko, M55, UKR

[2008-02-13] Pavlina Brautigam, W45, USA

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[2008-01-28] Baiba Ozola, W40, LAT

[2008-01-25] Eddie Harwood, M55, GBR

[2008-01-23] Marje Viirmann, W45, EST

[2008-01-21] Alexander Afonyushkin, M40, RUS

[2008-01-18] Paulina Majova, W55, SVK

[2008-01-16] Björn Linnersjö, M65, SWE

[2008-01-15] Lillian Røss, W85, NOR

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