2012-02-17

Hausken and Nordberg ready for O-Ringen

The Norwegian national team runners and also one of the best orienteering couples in the world ,Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg and Anders Nordberg has recently registred for O-Ringen in Halmstad this summer.
Anne Margrethe with World Championship gold as the main track and the O-Ring winner in 2008 with Anders overall winner of the O-Ring 2007 makes an interesting start and get a proper challenger to the Swedish national team runners and the world's best orienteer the frenchman Thierry Gueorgiou.
Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg, who had an off year in 2011 and did not participate in any championship when she gave birth to the couple's first child, a son, looking forward to the 2012 season and including O-Ringen in Halland, Sweden.

3 questions to Anne Margrethe Hausken

 


In 2011 it became a non championship-season for you since you became a mother of a son. What are your goals and plans for the 2012? 
I'm still in the build up phase after my maternity, but I have a good feel and believe that 2012 could be an exciting year. The international premiere will naturally be Tiomila with Halden SK, and I plan for a full World Cup season with European and World Championships as my most important competitions. I'm aiming to be there fighting for the medals, that's my goal.

And so both you and Anders plans for O-Ringen in Halland.
Yes, we're both big fans of O-Ringen, and if we would decide, then the whole world's elite would meet in O-Ringen every year. Instead, it often conflicts with the World Orienteering Championships or the national team's preparations for that. This year, however, it is possible to travel directly from the WOC to O-Ringen, a possibility that we will naturally take advantage of. There will certainly be two tough weeks in a row, but if you're in a good shape that willnot be a problem. Just to get to O-Ringen provides you with a lot of energy - so many runners in the same place during the summer creates a wonderful atmosphere.You do not go many turns in the arena or the O-Ringen town before you hit lots of friends, and when today's competition is completed, there is plenty of time to just do things that fall into one.
 
What about O-Ringen in Halland? 
Tour de Ski is a skiers' parallel to O-Ringen, but unlike skiing that have many short-distances and masstart, O-Ringen have retained the individual start and two long distances. It is something that both Anders and I put great value on. Especially given that the IOF (International Orienteering Federation) has only long distance at two of a total of thirteen world cup races. The fact that O-Ringen retains the tough and versatile program, contributes to its continued high status among elite orienteers. With two long-races, two medium-races and a sprint in 5 days, you must be a complete orienteer if you should have a chance to win. After a World Championship, there may be multiple gold medalists, but after O-Ringen there's no doubt who was the best orienteer. 

Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg dureing O-Ringen i Sälen 2008 (Norweigian)

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