Who is Who
Vladimir Ioffe

Vladimir Ioffe, M70, ISR

You have been in WMOC events in 2004 and in 2006. What memories do you keep from Italy and Austria? Do you still remember your races, atmosphere, terrains and landscapes?
I remember all them. We enjoyed very friendly atmosphere, wonderful terrains and landscapes. The organization was perfect and itineraries interesting.

Last year in Finland, in a Scandinavian terrain, you also reached B Final. Didn't you feel particular difficulties on that terrain? What are your main remembrances from Kuusamo?
It was also well organized. I enjoyed also meeting my old friends from Russia. Even mutual rains did not spoil the elevated mood.

Besides Italy, Austria and Finland, have you been to other WMOC events?
No, I did not.

Where else have you been competing outside your country? Do you have special memories from any orienteering travel?
I participated in Euregio 2004 (Austria and Italy) and in 2005 in Fin-5 and O-Ringen. We enjoyed very impressive mountain landscapes traveling by car from Milano to Telfs and after to Trento in 2004. In 2005 we traveled by bus. We used ferry on the way to Sweden and besides it we visited Göteborg, Kopenhagen and other interesting places. O-events abroad always allow us to make sightseeing.

Which event was the best ever for you, concerning organization, terrain, courses, etc.?
I can't select any. I always was satisfied all but my results. Unfortunately I make errors and I can never be satisfied by my results.

Where were you born and where do you live?
I was born in Ural (Russia) and now I live in Israel in beautiful city Karmiel.

How did you discover orienteering and for how long have you practiced it? Do you remember your first races?
I made hiking and we practiced competitions of walking in given direction with compass. In 1961 the first competitions with map began in our region and shortly thereafter I became the member of our region team and began to participate in high-level O-events.

Have you practiced other sports? Which highlights can you indicate in your career?
I make cycling and swimming but without high achievements.

What was (is) your job? How can you coordinate work and sport? What kind of training do you usually do?
I am retired. The main training is running and cycling.

Can you tell us a little bit about orienteering in Israel?
The first O-event in Israel was held on 12.3.66 with 30 participants. In 1973 our Federation became the IOF member. Now we have about 70 competitions per year with maximal number of participants as big as 500. There are 13 O-clubs with about 1000 members. All competitions are organized by clubs at weekends, so we can run only 2 times a week. In summer there are no competitions because of hot weather. Israel teams participate in WOC, JWOC, WMOC and MTB O-championships.

What is the main orienteering event every year in Israel?
The most interesting O-events are "winter" championship in December and Israel championship in February. Tens foreign participants arrived to Israel championship last years. Many of them received medals (as big as 10cm diameter.)

Can you give us a good reason to go to Israel for an orienteering event?
There is not one reason to visit Israel. First you can participate in foot O-events in winter and enjoy sunny weather and nice friendly atmosphere. Second, Israel has a highest concentration of points of interest in the world and you can in a short time make a wonderful trip visiting the unique places as Dead Sea, Jerusalem and many others. And so on, and so on.

What is the level of competition in the class where you usually compete in Israel?
In my group M70 there are three equal competitors, so you never know who win next time. Besides it we run the same course as M55, M60, M65, D40 and older and D21C. We look at younger participants results also and frequently we are better than many young participants.

Other people are coming from Israel to the WMOC 2008, at least, Enrique Zezynski, Doron Kissinger, Ivan Glaser, Menachem Minsky, Rafi Heiman, Yona Heima and Yonatan Dviv. Do you know all of them? Can you specify the skills of any of them?
Sure I know them. They are in other age categories but I think that we all have a similar level.

Why did you register for the WMOC 2008? What do you expect from this Portuguese event?
I like the atmosphere of WMOC, I enjoy meeting my old friends (as well as new ones), and I hope to enter at last to final A. I never was in Portugal and I hope to enjoy its beauty.

Do you want to add something about any topic, which I may have not asked you about?
You are welcome to Israel. And I wish to each WMOC 2008 participant to achieve his own goal.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Mar 27th.)

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[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

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[2008-03-24] Anne Nurmi, W45, FIN

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[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

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[2008-02-18] Torid Kvaal, W65, NOR

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[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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