Who is Who
Liudmila Labutina

Liudmila Labutina, W65, RUS

In 2007 you won Midnattssolgaloppen (Midnight Sun Galoppen) at Tromsø. What kind of competition is that? How was it to compete in the most north of Europe?
It was a competition lasting several days. One start was at night, others in daytime. The struggle was hard and intensive, and contenders were worthy. I had to win back 10 minutes in the final. The landscape was mountainous, unusual for the Muscovites. We liked it very much.

You have been qualified to Finals in WMOC 2004, 2006 and 2007. Do you have special memories from Italy, Austria and Finland?
At these competitions I did well in the qualifying races, but I made rough mistakes in the finals. So, I'm not pleased and satisfied with the results. The best result on WMOC was in Spain in 1996 (place 10).

Where else have you been doing orienteering?
I also took part in competitions in Norway, Sweden, Poland (place 2), Czech (place 1), Hungary (place 1), Belgium (place 1), Scotland (place 2), Switzerland (place 2), Turkey (place 1).

What do you expect from WMOC 2008? Are you in a good shape?
I hope for good result every time. I'll do my best this time, too. It is still early to speak about the fit, but I shall train.

How did you discover orienteering?
I used to go in for tourism, the basis of our orienteering. In 1980 I was suggested to take part in orienteering competitions. I liked it greatly, I made a lot of friends there. So I took up this kind of sports, and now I spend all my holidays at orienteering competitions.

Have you competed in Elite class? What are the highlights of your career?
I took up orientation at the age of 40. I've never belonged to the so-called "elite", from the beginning I've been running for veterans. But good physical training and ambitions helped me to get the leading position in my age group in a short time. I am the repeated champion of Moscow and Russia among veterans (in racing and skiing).

Which event have you enjoyed the most?
I was impressed by the competitions in Scotland and Switzerland: a very beautiful landscape, interesting distances, lot of impressions of trips.

Do you remember your best (perfect) and your worst race?
The most unsuccessful race was at the winter WMOC in Estonia in 2003. In the final race I had an advantage in 12 minutes. But at the beginning of the race I broke a fastening on the ski. So, I finished the distance on the third place, though I could really be the first. The most successful race was in Spain in 1996, in which final I got the tenth place, as I said before.

What kind of terrain do you prefer to do orienteering?
I prefer a combination of physical and technical distances.

What kind of training do you use to do?
Since April till December I run at the competitions 4 times a week. I take part in practically all the competitions of Moscow orienteering calendar.

Have you practiced other sport different from orienteering?
Sometimes I take part in competitions in skiing cross, though I've never took regular training in skiing.

For how long does orienteering exist in Russia (in USSR) as a competitive sport?
The beginning of orienteering in Russia considers 1963, when the first all-Russian competitions were held. But separate competitions in different regions of the country have been being organized since 1939. It is difficult to call the general number of orienteers in Russia, but nowadays orientation is cultivated all over Russia from St. Petersburg till Vladivostok. The children orientation is active developed.

What is the main event in Russia? I heard of a multi-day event in SPb. Do you have anything similar in Moscow?
The competitions lasting several days are held in St. Petersburg every year. The largest Moscow orienteering competition in orienteering is considered to be "Moscow compass" which is held at every end of April in the most beautiful places and collects up to 3000 participants. Such races as "Volga open spaces", "Albatross", etc. are also held in Russia.

Khramov, Novikov, Efimov, Riabkina, Stanchenko, Novikova... Who is your main "hero" in Russian orienteering?
As for me, I think the first Russian world champion muscovite Ivan Kuzmin to be the best. And also Tatyana Ryabkina, who is a muscovite too. I know her well.

Can you tell us a little about the group coming with you to WMOC? What means MPEI?
MPEI (Moscow Power Engineering Institute) is one of the largest institutes of Russia, about 15000 students study there. There is a section of orienteering at the faculty of Physical Education. A lot of sportsmen and teachers have graduated from this institute or cooperated with it. For many years sportsmen from Moscow area have taken part in competitions abroad under the general name "Moscow Compass MPEI". Moscow Compass is the name of the trade make, therefore added to MPEI

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008, Mar 5th. Translation English-Russian and Russian-English by Sergey Loktionov.)

[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

[2008-02-08] Sole Nieminen, W80, FIN

[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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