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Sigurd Daehli

Sigurd Daehli, M55, NOR

[Picture - Sigurd Daehli finishing the last leg in H55 group in the relay 43-Kavlen, last August. The "43-Kavlen" is like a Tiomila for veterans. In the main class, teams include 10 runners and average age is minimum 43. You have a good description in http://www.lok.se/43/years/2007/43-thesis-2007.pdf (specially pp. 12-13). The photo was published on the relay official website: http://www.43.lok.se/. "Photo: Per Magnusson".]

Tapio Peippo said that you are "a perfect candidate" to win next WMOC. And also Tom A. Karlsen indicated your name and Jan Solli as the main favourites. What do you think about it? Are you prepared to win in Portugal?
I am in good shape and in good training, so if my legs are going to be OK, I will run for medals in both races in WMOC. I think Tom A. Karlsen, Jan Solli and perhaps some other runners will give me a real good match.

You won WMOC in Lithuania 2001 and Norway 2003. Do you still remember these races? Have you been in other WMOC events?
I have been running WMOC five times so long. I was nr.1 in Sweeden in 1988, nr.5 in USA in 1997, nr.2 in Denmark 1999, and nr.1 in Lithuania 2001 and Norway 2003. I can, for sure, remember all my races very good. In the finals in 2001 and 2003 I was very focused technical and did no mistakes at all. In 2003 I caught Tom A. Karlsen with 2 minutes in the middle of the course, and then I was really sure to win the race.

Your main title of course is Relay World Champion 1981. Can you remember for us this race with Øyvin Thon, Harald Thon and Tore Sagvolden?
The Relay World Championship in Switzerland 1981 is a very mixed memory. I was the World Champion that day, yes, but I missed a lot (about 15 min) and almost spoiled the day for Øyvin, Harald and Tore. It was a very strange relay because of the map was very bad and incorrect. A lot of world best orienteering runners missed 10-20 minutes that day.

Two years after (1983) you got individual bronze medal in a race where the first 4 places were occupied by Norwegian athletes: you and 3 mates from Norwegian Relay Team: Morten Berglia, Oyvin and Tore. Can you remind your race in Hungary and that Norwegian absolute predominance 25 years ago?
My race in Hungary at World Championship in 1983 was perhaps my physical best race ever, but I did some mistakes, which cost me up to 5 min. I started very early (nr.10) and had to wait 3-4 hours for the best runners to come. I was very satisfied with my bronze medal because I knew that this was my last possibility to get it.

Also in Nordic Championships you have an impressive curriculum during 13 years (1972-1984), including individual champion in 1977 and relay champion in 1980 and 1982. Can you share with us some memories from your participation in NOC/NOM?
My individual title in Nordic Championship in Finland 1977 is my best performance in my career. I am still very happy with that. But I am also very proud of the relay title in Sweden 1980 because it was me who beat the Swede on the last leg.

Blodslitet is one of the most important Norwegian long races. Last winners: Anne Margrethe Hausken (2005-2007), Emil Lauri (2005), Emil Wingstedt (2006) and Anders Nordberg (2007). You won it 3 times: 1981, 1985 and 1990. What good memories do you have from this event that you still attend (last edition: 18th in H45)?
I have run Blodslitet 25 times and have been top 10 in my class 24 times in the row. Last year I had some injuries in my legs and could not run my best. I have won my class 9 times, 3 of them in the elite class. I have still the best points of all in the elite class through the history.

You are an idol for young people. Ivo Danailov, a Bulgarian 21 living in Norway (son of Marusia Danailova and Bulgarian coach Krasimir Danailov) calls you "Mr. always-young-Sigurd" and says that you "train more than the Bulgarian elite runners". Please, tell us a little about Løten OL atmosphere and about your training.
Løten OL was one of the best senior clubs in Norway in the 70's. We won the Norwegian Relay Championship 1977. In the last years we have been the best junior-club in Norway. We won the Norwegian Junior Relay Championship in 2004 and 2007. Last year our master-team also won the H55-class in H43-kavlen (Veteran 10-mila) in Sweden. My training is about 1 to 1,5 hour 5 times a week all the year. I am running in the forest in summertime (May-October) and going very much skiing in the wintertime (November-April). I am also one of the coaches for our big junior-team.

Do you have any special memories from Jukola or Tiomila?
Løten was nr.7 in Jukola 1978 with me on the 2.leg. From 1980 to 1986 I was running for Sturla. We were among the 10 best teams all the years, but managed not to win - 2.place in 1981 was the best. That year I run the 4.leg from place nr. 78 to a 3 min. lead in a 7 km course. Unquestionable my best memory from Jukola. In 10-mila I have a 7.place with Sturla in 1981 as my best (except for the last years victory in H55).

Your son Magne Daehli was Relay World Junior Champion in 2005 and silver medal in Long Distance and Relay in JWOC 2007 (winner, Olav Lundanes). Please, tell us a little about his career. When did he begin orienteering? Are you coaching him? When did you feel that he could become a champion? What are his main skills? What do you feel he is able to do in the future as an Elite runner?
My son Magne started with orienteering and cross-country skiing when he was 10-11 years. I helped him with the training until he qualified for the national junior-team in 2005. He is very much his own trainer, but get a lot of help from the national coach Kenneth Buch. In 2007 Magne also won the Norwegian Junior Championship in cross-country skiing and qualified for the junior World Championship. But now he goes 100% for orienteering in the future. His main skill is that he is very focused on the biggest competitions and run his best runs in the championships. If he can keep good health and avoid serious injuries, I think he can be a World Champion in 3-5 years.

In Løten OL there are some more people with your surname: Lis Daehli and Marianne Daehli. Can you introduce them to us?
Lis is my wife and Marianne is my daughter. We are running orienteering and go skiing the whole family, which is very common in Norway. Lis is Danish, and have been running for the Danish national team in the 70's and the first part of the 80's. She was nr.2 in WMOC in Italy 2004. Marianne is not training so much as the rest of the family, but she has very much fun with running competitions and being at training camps. She wants to be a coach or leader more than an elite runner.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Mar 23rd.)

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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

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[2008-04-30] Etienne Bousser, M60, FRA

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