As a male reserve at home I watched the WOC in Switzerland intensely. It was nice to see Minna performing her best level and taking gold in middle distance. It was also nice to see Finnish younger generation aged 22-28 to perform well in individual races. In the men's distances a new guy was the best Finn in every individual race: Tuomo Mäkelä 6th in sprint, Hannu Airila 11th in middle and Fredric Portin 14th in long. Of course, well is not enough, if positions are outside ten, but for these athletes it sure can be a good result. The best result they've ever made in top level.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
This week was a special competition and training week for WOC 2013 long distance. Terrain in Kainuu O-week in Joutenlampi was quite similar to Tipasoja, where long distance will be run next year, almost exactly a year from this moment. I had my 4th victory in Kainuu O-week (1998, 2003, 2006 and 2012!). This week meant a lot to me.