The young Synne Strand from Asker Skiklubb in Norway is one of many junior girls who will race at O-Ringen in Sälen.
How did you start orienteering?
I have orienteered my whole life. I took my first orienteering control in the pram when I was four weeks old! When I was little I also took part in other sports, but I thought orienteering was the most fun and it was the one I was best at, which inspired me to keep training for it. Orienteering gives you a new challenge with every race!
How has your spring season gone? Are you well prepared for O-Ringen?
The spring season started well, with good results both in Sweden and in Denmark. However, the competitions in Norway haven't gone as well as I wanted. Now I'm training to be stronger and well prepared for O-Ringen in Sälen. I have an old map of the area that I look at now and again and I will spend some days training in Engerdal before competing in Sälen.
Do you like orienteering in mountain terrain?
I really enjoy running in mountain terrain because it's so different from the terrain I usually run and compete in. The mountain terrain in Sälen is both challenging and offers quick running. I'm expecting difficult orienteering and crucial decisions. That's why I'm looking forward to competing in Sälen.
How would you rate your chances of a top result?
I'm hoping for five good competition days with stable races, with no big mistakes. Then, we'll have to see where that gets me.
Are many people in Norway interested in coming to O-Ringen?
Yes, there's a lot of interest and lots of people I know are coming to compete at O-Ringen this year.
Age: 16 years (17 in July)
Club: Asker SK, Norway
Class: D 18 Elite
Merits: 1st, D16 at O-Ringen 2015