Who is Who
Ingrid Roll

Ingrid Roll, W70, NOR

You won 2 gold medals in WMOC: Lithuania 2001 and Finland 2007. Can you remember the best moment of last event in Kuusamo?
It was when I understood that the two ladies starting 3 and 6 minutes behind me had not beaten me.

In Finland you shared the podium with two other Norwegian ladies: Unni Bohlerengen and Inger E. Vamnes. Do you know them? Did you feel any particular emotion in this triple victory for your country?
I know these two ladies from competitions in Norway and earlier WMOC. They live in south of Norway and I live in west. I think we should be proud of having three ladies from Norway in the lead, especially as the competition was in Finland.

Do you feel you are able to win again in Portugal?
I am looking forward to Portugal 2008, but that is a new race, so you can never tell.

Next summer we will have, for the first time in WMOC, a Sprint race. Do you like it?
I love all sorts of races when it comes to orienteering.

Which event will be the most important in Norway during 2008?
I love joining "Sørlands galoppen". It is for whole family and I have grandchildren who love to take part.

Please, give us a reason to go Norway for an orienteering race.
"Sørlands galoppen'08" is a good reason to go to Norway for orienteering.

What is your date of birth?
I am born 12-3-1935 in Bergen.

How did you discover orienteering?
I have always loved to take part in outdoor activities, but I did not start orienteering until I was 40 years of age. It started with my own children, two girls and later a boy.

Do you remember your first races?
I was quite good at running but had no experience with the map and the compass, so I very often ran long distances, much longer than the others, but still I won here and there.

Have you ever practice any sport different from orienteering?
I loved all sorts of sports, running, jumping and handball, also badminton.

What do you enjoy most in orienteering?
I love to be out in the terrain, and especially when the control is just there, as I thought.

Which event have been the best for you?
The WMOC in Mysen, Norway, was a special event. For the first time I really understood the map. I was 3rd. [It happened in 1986 when the name still was Veterans World Cup - VWC.]

Have you ever competed in Portugal?
I have never been to Portugal, but I have been in Spain.

Where else have you been doing orienteering outside your country?
I have been in Sweden, Denmark, Russia, China, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Germany and Austria.

Do you remember your best race?
The race in Finland and the race in Lithuania are my best races ever.

Did you have any responsible position in your club?
For many years I was secretary in my club, Fana IL O-gruppen. Then I was the leader for 2 years and, after that, I took care of the new young orienteers. Now I'm trying to teach my grandchildren.

What kind of training did you use to do when you were younger?
I very often went out into the terrain after I had finished the competition to learn what I did wrong.

Do you have any special program of training to WMOC?
I do not think that I, in my age, can be better when it comes to training, but I think that more you study the map the easier it will be to find the controls. Of course as long as your (my) head is in order.

What do your friends think about your activity?
Some friends are wondering how long I am going to orienteer, but some do support me and are proud of me.

What do you never eat or drink?
At my age you must be allowed to eat and drink what you want.

What was your job?
My husband had a musical shop in Bergen, and I did the paperwork and so on.

What are your hobbies besides orienteering?
I have a dog and she needs looking after and I have 9 grandchildren. Unfortunately, I lost my good husband last spring. He always said he was my supporter, he looked after me.

What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
I am very much looking forward to WMOC 2008, and I hope I will be able to go in the nice salt water for swimming, lots of sun, lots of nice orienteers and nice competitions.

Can you give any message to other competitors?
They must all look forward to a happy week in every way, nice competitions, nice courses and nice weather.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by ordinary mail: we hope to have correctly copied everything from the handwritten letter. Received on 2008 Jan 15th.)

[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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