Who is Who
Lillian Røss

Lillian Røss, W85, NOR

How did you discover orienteering?
My first career as an athlete was as a swimmer in the Norwegian national team. At the age of 30, my father took me to an orienteering race and said why don't you try this. I had no knowledge of orienteering but he told me: "Just follow the others and you will be learning by doing."

Do you remember your first races: maps and the atmosphere?
The maps at that time was 1:50 000 and of course not very detailed. The races at that time and up to about the 80`s were more of a social event in addition to the race. The participants stayed at the race-premises much longer than today where they often leave before the price giving ceremony.

Which have been the event which you have best memories?
One of the best memories I have is from WMOC in Italy some 5-6 years ago. The race took place in beautiful surroundings in the Dolomites. In addition to a well-organized event and good tracks, we were given a good opportunity to experience sightseeing's to well-known places like Venezia and others.

Can you remember any funny episodes from your last participations in big events?
Once I ran into a competitor who obvious had missed the direction. He was standing on his knees in the middle of a march knocking his head into the ground when he screamed: "Here is the flag supposed to be."

What do you enjoy most in orienteering?
To compete in the forest.

Have you made any special friendships in the sport?
I remember specially a competitor from Australia I met at a WMOC which I am particularly found of. I met her annually at the WMOC`s for 6-7 years. Unfortunately I have not seen her in the recent events. I do not know why, but it is sad because we had such a good time together when we met.
Also, we are a club of "old" orienteers who meets once a year as a tradition. There we are sharing memories from the competitions and also maintain a ceremony taking up new members.

What do you feel about the way you are seen by younger orienteers?
They see me as a kind of "grand old lady of orienteering". I enjoy that. In the WMOC in Denmark I was the only Norwegian one on the pallet (the three best in the class) and got a lot of congratulations from the other Norwegians and thanks for saving our country's honour.

Do you have orienteers in the family?
Yes, my father and both of my children, but now I am the only active one.

What does your family think about your activity?
"We are extremely proud of having a multiple world champion as a mother even though we are at some extend worried of course due to her age. But it is of course a much better way to spend the days than in a nursing home where most of other people at her age are." (Best regards from her son).

What is the secret for your sporting long life?
Passion for sport and outdoor activities and no cigarettes and alcohol. (and perhaps the right genes).

What kind of training did you do when you where younger? And now what do you do to maintain your performance?
In younger years I was running as the main exercise with skiing as supplement in the winter. Now I walk in the woods with my dog every day. I still go skiing in the winter.

Do you have any special care with what you eat, which is your favorite food and what do you never eat or drink?
I have to admit that I have no special routines when it comes to meals. It is mostly sandwiches, and once in a while dinner. I also have to admit that I am very found of waffles and cakes. I never touch alcohol.

What was your job before retiring and how did you coordinate your professional and sporting life?
I was a social worker and was managing a centre for retired people. I exercised in the evenings and in the weekends. When I participated at the Norwegian national teams of swimming and orienteering I was given leave of absence before important competitions.

And now, what are your hobbies besides orienteering?
Walk in the woods with friends and dogs, reading books, watch television and listen to music.

What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
An exciting adventure, a well organized event, meeting new and old friends, to have fun, and of course to win again.

Can you give any message to the thousands of people who will come to Portugal to participate with you in this event?
Come and join me in WMOC in the beautiful Portuguese nature next summer. Looking forward to seeing you.

What is your date of birth?
21 September 1922

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2007 Nov. 22nd.)

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