Who is Who
Arvo Majoinen

Arvo Majoinen, M80, FIN

(We asked this interview on October 26th, 2007, but, we don't know why, it only arrived on June 13th, 2008, together with Tuulikki Salmenkylä's interview, when we already had, many weeks before, scheduled all interviews. We decided to publish it as soon as possible. We managed to get a photo of Arvo Majoinen, the M80 winner in last WMOC, but we were not well succeeded. So we entered a picture, which we took, in Kainuu O Week, held at Sotkamo, Vuokatti, in July 2007.)

What is your date of birth and how did you discover orienteering?
I was born on the 21st of November in 1926. I started orienteering during the military service and later on my colleagues lured me to take part in the first real race. This was 60 years ago in the fall 1947 when I was a non-commissioned officer.

Do you remember your first races and the maps at that time?
The first race was the club championship which took place in the evening. The map was typographic with a scale of 1:20.000 made for military training purposes. The race thereafter served as my real ordeal of fire. It was a regional competition. I couldn't find the first control and had to give up. It was there and then that I decided that I have to learn at least that much that I would never again have to give up in a race. I have been able to hold on to that decision.

Which events gave you the best memories so far?
I have plenty of good memories and it is difficult to say which would be the best. The earliest is the victory in 1949 military championship team race. It was also a joy to bring my team in first from the third leg in Jukola relay in 1954. All the WMOCs are filled with good memories.

Can you remember any funny episode from any big event?
In 1992 after the Australian WMOC we spent five days in Fidzi. Juhani Salmenkylä arranged a humorous after competition race on a golf course. Naturally I participated and at first everything was going smoothly. But coming up to the eighth control I faced some problems. The control should have been at one end of a building but I couldn't find it. I tried to look around but after a while I decided to go to the finish. Everybody was surprised to hear that I hadn't found such a clearly positioned control. When the course setter went to fetch the signals he was surprised to notice that indeed the eighth control no longer was there. One of the cleaning ladies was nearby and he had asked her for advice. She had pointed the garbage and explained that she had taken it off. Well, it never crossed my mind to search through the garbage bins.

Have you made any special friendships in this sport?
I have many orienteering friends, the strongest friendships are in my own age group. The one certainly worth mentioning is Tauno Fincke with whom we always have a private competition.

What do you feel about the way you are seen by younger orienteers?
I am happy if I have managed to show a good example to the younger. I believe that they show some respect for us, the old chaps.

Do you have orienteers in your family?
None of them have taken any interest to wander about in the woods. But they have always fully supported me.

What is the secret for your sporting long life?
I have always been keen to walk and run in nature. Reaching new objectives gives me additional strength to carry on.

What kind of training do you use to do?
Earlier my training was rather irregular mostly due to my work conditions. It was mostly running supported with a little weight exercise. Now it is more regular and mostly similar divided.

Do you have any special care with what you eat?
I am not very pedantic about my nutrition but I want it to be diverse. Vegetables, fruit and berries I eat on a daily basis. I do not really have a favorite meal but I never refuse a good steak.

What was your job before retiring and how could you train?
I was a non-commissioned military officer for 25 years. After retirement I worked as an officer manager and a superintendent at a construction company for 18 years.
During the military time there was not much time for hobbies apart from the time given for preparation to army championships. Later in the private business the working hours were more regular and I could arrange my time for training purposes more freely.

What are your hobbies now?
In the winter time I like to ski and do ski-orienteering. At home I spend my time with literature and crosswords.

What do you expect from WMOC?
I am looking forward to a pleasant trip and a successful competition as well as an enjoyable rendez-vous with all orienteering acquaintances.

Can you leave a message to the other competitors?
I wish that all my co-veteran sisters and brothers may enjoy delightful success and fair play and that they can all bring good memories back home.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Jun 13th.)

[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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