Who is Who
Marje Viirmann

Marje Viirmann, W45, EST

You got silver medals in two last World Masters: Austria 2006 and Finland 2007. In the last edition you missed the gold by 15 seconds. Can you tell us a little about your performance in WMOC '07?
I lost in Ruka 15 seconds. It was only a bad luck. I made a few little mistakes. It was my aim to win a medal in Ruka. I think my success is because of my good experience use all my skills and be psychologically ready for important competitions. I like Finland's interesting landscape and I was sure about my good possibilities.

Did you get other good results in WMOC before 2006?
I got 3rd place in Norway 2003, 8th place in Lithuania 2001, 4th place in New Zealand 2000 and 2nd place in USA 1997, which was my first performance in WMOC [still named, and for the last time, Veterans World Cup, VWC]. I like also ski-orienteering and won twice WMOC - 2003 in Estonia and 2006 in Latvia.

Can you remember any details of your last victory in ski-WMOC 2006? Was it difficult? For how long have you practiced ski-O?
Ski-WMOC is not very popular sport. There was only about 7-8 competitors in W45. It's 2-days competition, no Qualifications. I remember at first day was very little snow in Latvia and second day was very cold. Good concentration and it was easy to win. I like ski-orienteering and skiing and I practiced it always. If there is sow, I will practice only skiing, not running. I regret to say, Christmas in this year will be without snow. Bad year!

We also saw your name in other big events, like Tiomila 2001. Can you explain the emotion of running among so many teams?
I was few times in Tiomila, but more, about 10 times I was in Jukola relay in Finland. It is very good experience and relay is always very interesting. I remember my first Jukola. It was in 1987. I was a young and first time at so big competition. There were more than 500 runners with me in start of first leg. I run and took Control Points and saw less and less runners around me. We were three girls together in last Control. Unbelieving we were first.

What do you enjoy most in orienteering?
I enjoy newness, different landscapes and different difficult exercises every time. Wonderful people and good friends...

How did you discover orienteering and for how long have you practiced it?
I began orienteering at my school training group when I was 11 years old.

Please, indicate the highlights of your sporting career before 2006.
My best results are from Soviet Union Championships, winner 1986 and individual medals 1989, 1990, 1991, also several relay medals. (1983-1995 my surname was Idavain).

Which year was the best for you?
My best year was 1986 when I won Soviet Union Championships and was third at ski orienteering Championships, 5 gold medals and two silvers at Estonian Championships.

What is the secret to be a winner?
Secrets to be a winner... Good trainings and good psychologic preparation. Early good coach and now a good friend helping make training plans and supporting me.

Do you have orienteers in your family?
My sister and brother are going in for orienteering sometimes and my daughters also.

What does your family and your friends think about your activity? Do you feel they support your sporting ambitions?
My family and my friends are supporting my sporting ambitions: they understand it's my life.

What is your date of birth? And where do you live?
I was born on 12 Sept. 1960 and I live in small town Kehra 45 km from Tallinn, our capital.

What is your job? How can you coordinate your professional and sporting life?
I'm sells manager now and I can coordinate my works and sports quite well.

What are your hobbies besides orienteering?
I like travelling (the best way is with orienteering), mountain skiing, handicraft, bicycling, skiing, rogaining a.s.o.

You are still young, but may you could have met, some years ago, Leida Sevruk from Estonia, who ran in W90 in Norway 2003. Before, she won gold medals in W80 in Spain 1996, and in W85 in Lithuania 2001. Is she still alive?
Leida Sevruk is alive, was in club meetings but not alone.

Merike Vanjuk, Liis Johanson, Annika Rihma, Olle Karner, Andreas Kraas, Erkki Aadli, Sander Vaher are some of the best Estonian top Elite runners. Do you know personally any of them? Do you have any interesting episode happened together?
They all are too young.

Do you feel Estonia can have a world champion for the next 5-10 years?
I hope. Maybe Olle Kärner can do it or our good young boys, like Sixten Sild's sons.

How many clubs and orienteers (approximately) do you have in Estonia? How many people do you have in the biggest events? Do you have young people enough coming to this sport?
We have 37 orienteering clubs and about 4500 orienteers. In the biggest competitions there are about 500-1000 members. We had in october 8 hours rogaining competition with record participants, 1200 was organizers limit. We have some big orienteering clubs witch have youth trainings with coaches. And our sons and daughters, of course. We can often read a same surnames in youth classes, H/D 21 and veterans result lists.

Do you have any multi-day event?
We have a traditional Ilves club midsummer 3-days orienteering-relay, in 2008 it will be 30th time. At the beginning of May a same Ilves club organizing 3-days individual o-event for all orienteering friends, from top athletes to amateurs - there is a wide variety of courses in different lengths and levels, all together in 49 groups.

Which event will be the most important in 2008 or 2009 in Estonia? Give us a good reason to go Estonia for orienteering.
World Rogaining Championships will be hold in Estonia 2008 and Students World Championships too. There are reasons to go Estonia and so are multi-day events. You can complete Estonian trip with some Scandinavian big events, like Jukola, Tiomila, Fin-5 or O-ringen. We have also very interesting and popular xdream event 4 times in summer for 3-person teams. There is orienteering by bycicle, canoe-orienteering and feet-orienteering. One of them is in the night, but it's in june when in Estonia is about 3 hours dark. In 2007 there was 200 teams.

Which are your dreams in orienteering for the next years?
I want to be WMOC winner in summer. In 2008 24h Rogaining WC good result, veteran mixed teams gold medal. I think, it's possible, but it's not easy.

The independence of Estonia did it have any consequences in orienteering development?
The borders are open and all Estonian top orienteers are Finnish or Swedish o-club members. So was I. Good trainings in different and very difficult forests.

In 2008 Estonia will celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Singing Revolution" (1988), who preceded the independence (1991). Can you remember for us which phenomenon was that "revolution"?
At this times I was in Soviet Union Team and too little time in Estonia. I was in Tchekoslovakia World Orienteering Championships at 1991, when we returned home after this event, Estonia was independent republic. There our Sixten Sild won bronze and it's only one Estonian world orienteering medal in summer.

Can you give any special message to WMOC 2008 participants?
WMOC is very good possibility to unite travelling and orienteering with good friends from sport club and I hope all thousands of people going to Portugal are thinking the same.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2007 Nov. 29th.)

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