Who is Who
Etienne Bousser

Etienne Bousser, M60, FRA

[Photos: Etienne Bousser (left) and his son Sébastien Bousser, M35, who also comes to WMOC.]

Since 1976, if my information is correct, you ran 7 WOC, in a total of 14 races, among Classic Distance and Relay. I suppose that your best performance was in 1976 - 34th individual and 8th in Relay. Do you want to share with us some memories of these events?
Between 1976 and 1989, I really ran 7 WOC. In 1987 in Gérardmer (France) I was the cartographer and the course planner of the World Championships. My best remembrance was my first WOC in 1976 in Scotland where I found the high level of the world elite, when I only had a 4 years experience. Also a very good remembrance is that one I have from Finland 1979, where I finished the first leg of the relay in 3rd, sprinting with Keskinarkaus from Finland.

Since 1985 and in different classes (HE, H45, HV2), you have been champion of the Coupe of France. You won sometimes with several minutes ahead the second place. Who have been your main opponents in France and what is your main advantage: technical or race?
It is true. Since 1985 I won almost all the events in France and the Coupe of France. In 1983 I won the French Championships 18 minutes ahead the second place. My main opponents at that time were Jean-Daniel Giroux and, at the end of my elite career, Olivier Coupat. I never ran in France in H35 and H40 classes. I started in 1972 in the Elite class and I kept there until 1993. My advantage was the race, due to my cross-country activity, but years passing I improved technically. Even now, however, my best advantage is the race.

Jukola and O-Ringen... Maybe you have been there for a couple of times. What kind of memories do you keep from Finland and Sweden?
My first Jukola was in 1995 and I keep a lot of remembrances about it. I always wanted to come back to this competition and finally in 2006 I got there again with ASOPE d' Alsace team. We didn't have a classification because we ran with less a runner. In terms of O-Ringen I was there several times since 1973. I always loved this event. I also ran several times the 5 Days of Switzerland and Czech Republic. In the beginning of my career I was a couple of times in the Scandinavian countries and due to this contact with foreign runners I learned and improved a lot in orienteering.

In 2005, you won the H55 class in 5 Days of l'Aveyron (beating Vesa Turku). Do you remember this event? Do you know if the 6 Days of l'Aveyron (next August) will be held in the same terrain type?
It was 5 days very technical and with very good maps. By August, the 6 days will be held in different terrains, with new maps and more technical than in 2005. I already entered this event.

Last August you won Scottish 6 Days, after running the WMOC A Final in Finland. What kind of remembrances do you keep from Spey and Kuusamo?
The Scottish 6 Days gave me a great pleasure. The A Final in Kuusamo was a great disappointment for me. I took the maximum risk to get the win, because the two qualifying races were fantastic for me. A big mistake in the control point 6 didn't allow me to finish between the 10 or 20 first runners. Nevertheless it was a very pleasing race.

In February you won POM 2008. Behind you, a lot of Scandinavian runners. How did you feel in these races?
I ran very well in Algarve. Good terrains and good maps. The organization was perfect and I would like to congratulate all the organization.

We will have a WMOC with a Sprint and a Long Distance competition. What will be a good result for you? Who are your favorites in M60 class?
My target is to achieve the podium, in preference in the 1st place. I'm now preparing this competition and by this reason I was in Algarve in February. There are, at least, ten runners that can win the M60 class, but my favorite is Loukonen from Finland that won in Kuusamo and in many other occasions. He stays always in good classification in the WMOC. I knew him in Scotland in 1995: he finished 2nd and myself 3rd.

How did you discover the orienteering? Do you remember your first races? What is for you the best event ever?
I started to practice sport (cross-country and athletics) in 1962. I found the orienteering in 1972 and it was the first time that I saw a compass and a control marker with a map of 1:25.000. Three months later, I was 4th in French Military Championship and in August I was in the World Military Championship (CISM) in Stockholm. During my military career in the Gendarmerie I took part as a runner in 20 editions of the World Military Championship. My best performances were 19th in 1983 in Brazil and 12th in 1985 in France. I have also very good memories from Australia in 1985 and from Brazil.

What kind of other evidences you mentioned in your career?
I took part many times in the WMOC and I mention the results in Scotland in 1995 (3rd in M45), in Spain in 1996 (5th) and in the Czech Republic in 1998 (7th). During the World Master Games in 1989 in Denmark. I finished 1st in H 40. In France since the beginning of my career I won 41 titles of French Championship civil and military in cross-country, half marathon and, mainly, in orienteering.

Etienne also runs mountain races. What kind of memories you have from the World Masters Mountain Running Championships?
I found the mountain races influenced by a friend, Christian Heymes, who told me that this was fantastic. I tried - it's very good, but also very hard. It is necessary a special mountain training to get good results. I keep an excellent memory from my first race in Switzerland (28th in H55) and from the second in Austria (18th in H 60).

Sébastien Bousser, Jérôme Bousser, Philippe Bousser, Thomas Bousser, Christine Bousser, Marie-Rose Bousser... are they all your family? Sébastien (M35) will also come to WMOC. Can you talk a little bit about him?
Marie-Rose is my wife. She practices also orienteering since a long time ago, but not too much in the last few years. She won the French National Championship in D40 class. She will be with me during the WMOC in Portugal. Jérôme and Philippe are brothers (my nephews). Christine is Philippe's wife and Thomas is their son. Sébastien is my son and he takes part in the WMOC. He started to run orienteering when he was 9 years old. By curiosity I say to you that he got lost in his first official event in Dijon - he started at 10:00 a.m. and we met him only at 5:00 p.m. What a fear! Three months later he won the French Championship in H10 class. He was French Junior Champion and took part in JWOC. He took part also in 14 CISM Championships and he was several times French Military Champion. He neglected a little bit the orienteering and is more focused in cycling and duathlon. In 2006 he was the French Gendarmerie Champion in cycling. He also is running cross-country since he was kid. He was French vice-champion in half-marathon under 21 class (Espoirs) with 1h 06' 30".

France lives a great moment with Thierry Gueorgiou. Are his good results drawing young people for the orienteering? France has also other important names: François Gonon, Philippe Adamski, Damien Renard, Celine Dodin... What do you think about French Elite? Are there some promising youngsters?
I knew and I discovered Thierry Gueorgiou when he was 9 years old during a youngsters training in Czechoslovakia. Me and his father, Michel Gueorgiou, we prepared the technical part of this training and Thierry was there with his parents. Since the beginning of his career and due to his excellent results, Thierry was always very appreciated by all French orienteers. It's a pity that the media (sport press and television) doesn't talk enough about him. What a champion we have there! Personally, I always congratulated him due to his excellent results. With simplicity, Thierry always answered to me that we draw his destination (J.-D. Giroux, Olivier Coupat and myself). I must add that his success as an orienteer it's much more due to his father Michel Gueorgiou former National Coach and Pôle France founder. This Pôle joins in St-Etienne university young students running orienteering in a high level and there they found facilities that help the study and the training motivation, to allow them to get university degrees and additional incentive to the competition. This group of athletes that you mentioned improved a lot with Thierry. They have done a great job training and Thierry is the locomotive. He is extremely polite. The Elite level in France is very good in this moment, mainly in the man. We see young people arriving to the competition, but not in a quantity that I would like to see. In terms of women, the level is not so high, but some young girls have just arrived and they promise remarkable improvements.

What do you expect from the next WMOC?
As I told you, I appreciated very much the Algarve event organization. You are like France, a young orienteering nation, when compared with the Scandinavian countries, but very competent in events organization. I had the opportunity to see last year in Kuusamo your WMOC information desk. It was perfect. I don´t have any doubts that this WMOC organization will be a great success for you. I hope that it happens and I leave an encouragement word to all organizers.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Feb 24th. Translation from Portuguese by António Reyes.)

[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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