Who is Who
Anne Nurmi

Anne Nurmi, W45, FIN

In the last five Masters you have been always in top10 in W40: 2nd in Norway 2003; 7th in Italy 2004: 5th in Canada 2005; 9th in Austria 2006; 7th in Finland 2007. Which event was the best for you?
In WMOC 1999 and 2003 I was 2nd. It is difficult to say which competition is best.

In Portugal you will compete for the first time in W45. In theory you will have more chance. What do you think you are able to do? Who else is in a favourite position to win?
I have never been in Portugal, so everything is new for me. I hope that I can do my best and I still can be among the 10 best. There are many good orienteers and I think that anyone can win.

We'll have, for the first time in WMOC, a Sprint Race. Do you like it?
Sprint race is interesting but I've never take part in this type of competition. But it is first time and I hope the best.

How did you discover orienteering and for how long have you practiced it?
I began orienteering with my father when I was 6 and it still goes on. So it's over 30 years...

What do you enjoy most in orienteering?
I like orienteering because every competition is different and you must be active all the time.

Can you elect the best events where you have been?
In these years I have been in several interesting competitions and I have had many nice memories from them. My first Jukola was in 1979 and since then I have run every year until year 2006, when my own club (Angelniemen Ankkuri) organized Jukola. My best results in Jukola and Tiomila are 2 and 3 and I have several placement 1-3 in Finland Masters.

Where have you been doing orienteering outside your country?
In these years I've been in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, some countries in Europe and Canada.

What kind of terrain do you prefer? Technical? Physical? Can you imagine a race without compass?
I think, I'm more technical type and I need a compass.

Do you have a coach?
I don't have a coach, so I practise myself.

What is your date of birth and where do you live?
I'm born 30.12.1963. I live in Noormarkku, Finland.

Do you have orienteers in your family?
In my family belong my husband Veli-Pekka 45, daughter Sanna 20 and son Ville 15. V-P and Sanna are orienteers as well, but Ville plays football.

What is your job and how can you coordinate work, sport and other hobbies?
I am a physiotherapist, but I began studying health science in Jyväskylä University in Autumn 2007. So now I must find time between job, studies and my hobbies (reading, gym and cross country skiing in winter).

What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
I hope that the sun is shining all the week and all races are not too easy.

And all participants I can say: Enjoy orienteering all week long...


Preparing Anne's answers to be published, I realize that her husband is also an important orienteer: Veli-Pekka Nurmi. So, I've sent some questions to him. But he was abroad and Anne answered herself, giving us some good information about Veli-Pekka:
"He was 12 years old when he began orienteering. And he won his first Finland's master when he was 14. After that he has been several times in placement 1-3.
In Jukola he has run less than me. But he has been a few times in top ten, best placement 4.
Fin 5 2007 terrain was good for him and his orienteering skills. [He was the winner].
He has been two times in WMOC [8th in Finland; 25th in Austria] and he was very disappointed in both final races, because he felt the races were too easy. Those races needed only running power, not so much orienteering skills.
He is good in orienteering, but at the same time he is very critical. He doesn't care about the placement, but he tries to run the competition without mistakes. And after the race, he is never happy. He always finds something that he could have done in a better way. His slogan is: "There is always something we can do better."

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2007, Dec 23rd. Questions to Veli-Pekka were sent on 2008, Feb 18th, and answers received on Feb 23rd.)

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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

[2008-04-07] Albano João, M45, POR

[2008-04-03] Tom A. Karlsen, M55, NOR

[2008-03-31] Kayoko Sakai, W55, JPN

[2008-03-27] Finn Arildsen, M45, DEN

[2008-03-24] Anne Nurmi, W45, FIN

[2008-03-20] Peo Bengtsson, M75, SWE

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

[2008-03-13] Matti Railimo, M60, FIN

[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

[2008-02-11] Ferran Santoyo, M35, ESP

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[2008-02-06] Stefano Galletti, M40, ITA

[2008-02-04] Gillian Ingham, W50, NZL

[2008-02-01] Jörgen Mårtensson, M45, SWE

[2008-01-30] Tom Hiltebrand, M50, SUI

[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

[2008-01-10] Tapio Peippo, M55, FIN

[2008-01-07] Elizabeth Brown, W90, GBR

[2008-01-04] Erkki Luntamo, M90, FIN

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