Who is Who
Tapio Peippo

Tapio Peippo, M55, FIN

You may have the best score of WM ever: 3 gold medals in M55 (Italy 2004, Austria 2006, Finland 2007). And you miss the 4th gold medal by m. p. in Edmonton, Canada 2005, where your time was good enough to win again. What happened there?
I had a terrible toothache under the whole week and I had to take penicillin. I did my best in that situation and the final competition went very well. My final time was over two minutes better than the second competitor's time was. I haven't marked on the third control and I became disqualified. Five other competitors in our series were disqualified too on the third control. I guess that punching system (SportIdent) didn't work good enough or my punching was too fast. Matti Railimo was the winner and I was really happy for him. Because I couldn't do anything, I couldn't care less. Everybody was really sorry for me but I said: "Never mind, everything is all right and I am healthy." I was healthy and a toothache relieved and long excursion was ahead, I was relaxed and enjoyed the new experiences. Orienteering is one rich part of my life, but I don't take it so seriously, in fact, I take it in a very relaxing way.

What are you aiming for your last opportunity in M55 in Portugal 2008?
I have no aims for Portugal, only healthy condition after events.

Who is in a favourite position to try to beat you, among people who have already entered the WMOC '08?
Sigurd Daehli from Norway is a perfect candidate to be a winner next summer.

What is the secret to be a winner?
The best orienteers of the world don't take part in WMOC events. There is no secret, but if I have to tell everything it will be a very long story. I'll try to keep it short. Under a competition: Basically I focus on essential things. I don't take any risks. It is all about the time map control. I try to know my own location all the time. I try to keep maximum speed all the time, without risks. Before a competition: I don't do anything special, only focus on the competition without being nervous. It is not necessary to succeed in the competition. I will decide to do my best only. The feeling is relaxed and humble. In the future: My attitude day by day is to show humbleness and respect to other competitors. It might be that the next competition always totally fails, that I make big mistakes, etc. I know it all the time.

What is your birth date? And where do you live?
I was born on the 4th February in 1949 and I live in Imatra, a town in southeast part of Finland, near Russian border.

What is your job? How can you coordinate professional and sporting life? Do you have any hobby else?
I am retired from my profession as guerilla trainer in frontier guards. (You understand that the map was a very important "tool" in guerilla training). My other hobby is (a little bit) hiking and taking care of hiking cottages. European long-distance path number 10 passes through the Imatra and I am maintaining the path and cottages along the track.

Do you have orienteers in your family?
Earlier we travelled a lot in orienteering competitions with whole family and all my children (3) competed. Nowadays other family doesn't do orienteering so much. My wife isn't into orienteering herself but she comes to see some of my competitions.

How did you discover orienteering and for how long have you practiced it?
I was very interested in orienteering and maps already as a boy but my father didn't allow me to go to orienteering events. We had a farm and there was a lot of work to do. My first orienteering competition was during my recruit time in the army in 1969 and I won it. In army times we had orienteering competitions almost every week and I did very well. But it took several years before I started taking orienteering more seriously. I trained hard some five years but since 1980 it has only been on dabbling level.

What do you enjoy most in orienteering?
Relay races are above all, I am like crazy when it comes to relay orienteering. I like both first and last legs because there you can fight hand to hand. When I start relay competition it feels like if I was risen somewhere on the upper level - I try to beat everyone.

Which was the best event you have participated in?
The most memorable competition was in army non-commissioned officer school. I won the school championship. The course was 16 km, we ran with boots and rifle, and the temperature was over +25 degree. There were over 300 soldiers in that school and there were many orienteers. You may believe that I was satisfied because I had done orienteering only for some months.

Which was your best season? And which were the main highlights of your career besides WMOC?
The best season was 1977. Our orienteering club Joutsenon Kullervo was second in the Jukola relay. I was on the last (seventh) leg and we had hard fighting between eight competitors. One of my best highlights was there on that finish line. In the summer '77 there was CISM (International Military Sport Council) championships in Finland. Our club won relay and I was first leg. This was also one of my highlights. We have been taking part veteran (masters) Finnish relay championships for about 20 years and we have always been medallists (1-3). I have almost always been the first leg. I have about 40 Finnish champion gold medals, about 20 silver and bronze medals together, I don't exactly know how many. On this autumn I got three gold medals from Finnish championships. As a whole these are one highlight.

What kind of training do you use to do? Do you have a coach? Do you have any special program in order to improve your performance at the moment of WMOC?
My training is quite simple. I really don't have any program or plan and I haven't got a coach. In summer, I make some not so long trainings per week in forest, never on the road or asphalt. I don't run from October to April but then I do cross-country skiing about 1000 to 1500 km per winter. I include some physical works in my training and early summer events are very good training for the season top events (WMOC, Finnish championships). It may go over a week or two weeks or even more while I don't do any training, especially in winter.

What kind of terrain do you prefer? Technical? Physical?
I don't have any special terrain type, all goes as well but mostly I like technical, difficult, good deal contour and heavy or hard to run type of terrain. Terrain type in your event on next summer is one of my favourites, only little too open and too runnable. My aim especially for all championships is to do only my best and come healthy back from the forest. My attitude for competition is quite relaxed, this is not a serious part of life.

Last summer, after WM, you also won Fin5, with 16 minutes ahead of Hyyrylainen. How can you maintain this performance for so long?
For so long? WMOC week is only a one really competition. Qualifying races are only game.

Who are your heroes in this sport?
Hannu Mäkirinta, Dieter Wolf, Sigurd Daehli. They have some qualities that I have admired. Thierry Gueorgiou's orienteering is quite unbelievable. He knows what he is doing. In my minor way I try to do the same.

Can you give any special message to the thousands of people who will come to Portugal?
Take part in the competition in accordance with one's ability and enjoy the feeling of WMOC.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2007 Nov. 14th.)

[2008-06-20] Carlos Monteiro, WMOC Event Director

[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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