And the winner is...

Here are the answers of the advent calendar 2018. I want to thank all of you who sent in answers and participated in the calendar. In the end it was a tight battle for the win, with less than an hour separating number one from number two, and a total of twenty answerers. Top five will be posted in the bottom of this article, but first, the correct answers:

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Advent calendar day 24

Here is the last question in the Christmas calendar for 2018. Remember, the first letter of the 24 answers will make a new question. To complete the calendar, send me a message with the answer of this new question. I will publish the correct answers the evening at 25th December, so that is the time limit! Ok, here we go! When Colbin Kolbe won the JWOC sprint this summer, he became the second German to win gold at the junior world orienteering championships. Today I want the last name of another German, this one with an international senior medal. This person has won a bunch of German championships, and is still sharp when being the reigning German champion at the middle distance. Number two in this race was actually half the age of this runner.

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Advent calendar day 23

While some runners have their breakthrough in high age, others do it early. The runner of today is maybe the youngest runner ever participating at WOC, when debuting in the relay at the age of 15. The runner is as far as I know the only runner born in the US that has won the World orienteering championships. But after a life in among others England, Denmark and New Zealand, the runner represented another nation than USA during the career. I want the first name of this runner that both took a medal in the birth country and the country the runner represented during the career.

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Advent calendar day 22

Some people are like a fine wine, aging makes perfection. Today I want the first name of a runner that won the first international medal at the age of 31. The first of three golds was taken in the age of 35, and the last in the age of 39. The runner, raised in Järfälla OK, retired as reigning champion after the last gold.

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Advent calendar day 21

This runner was one of the true pioneers in the sport of orienteering. With five individual victories in the Nordic orienteering championships, one individual victory at EOC and two individual victories at WOC, this runner is one of the big names in the history. If you add eight consecutive wins in the elite class at O-ringen, a bunch of medals in the national championships and a successful relay career, you get a true legend. I want the last name of this pioneer queen of orienteering!

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Advent calendar day 20

Today the answer is the name of an orienteering club. The club was founded in 1988 as a collaboration between two clubs with great traditions. One of these clubs was participating in the first Jukola in 1949. The club’s best placement in Jukola is a 5th place taken in the middle of the 90’s. The best individual performance of a runner representing the club is a silver medal at the world orienteering championships taken by Marika Mikkola.

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Advent calendar day 19

This person is maybe more famous as a coach in the orienteering society than as a runner. He has a bronze medal from the relay at WOC, and was representing OK 99 Hradec Kralove and Hagaby GoIF as a runner. After his running career was over he continued as a coach for his national team. He stayed in this position for over a decade and helped his runners taking a bunch of medals. The answer of today is his first name.

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Advent calendar day 18

Today I want the surname of an orienteer that due to his difficult name goes under several different nicknames in the orienteering world, among those Tero Kettunen. The runner has won two silvers and two bronze medals at the junior world orienteering championship and debuted in the senior world orienteering championships at the age of eighteen. The runner was for a period followed by bad luck during a yearly relay, where a bee, a dramatic injury and last a jumped over control, ruined three potential golds. In the twelfth attempt the gold medal was finally secured and an important medal was added to an impressive statistic.

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Advent calendar day 17

Now the competition for the title as winner of the advent calendar has sharpened up and I have received several answers on the main question. Still nobody has cracked the calendar and the answers so far are wrong. Maybe that changes after today? Well anyway, here is today’s question. For some days ago an orienteer named Kristian became number 12 at the European cross country championships in Tilburg. In the team competition his team received a silver medal. This was Kristian’s second medal this year at the European championships. The first, a bronze at the sprint in Ticino earlier this year. I want the name of his birth land, where the orienteering association is called Cymdeithas Cyfeiriannu Cymru.

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Advent calendar day 16

Today the answer is the name of the orienteering club who calls themselves “Punakone”. The club has a proud history in orienteering and has among other won Jukola, Venla, 25-manna and tiomila for the ladies several times. However, they still miss the Tiomila trophy for the men. The club comes from a city that has organized the world orienteering championships twice and the junior world orienteering championships once.

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Advent calendar day 15

While some people are pure individualists, others are true team players with their body and soul. Today the answer is the last name of a legendary team player. This person has won a total of eight Tiomilas and Jukolas throughout the career. In addition the runner won two silvers at the relay at the world orienteering championships and one gold medal at the relay at the European orienteering championships. This team player was also an exceptional basketball player, and won seven (!) national championships with his basketball club. He has even been honored with a place at the hall of fame in basketball in his homeland.

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Advent calendar day 14

This new father has never won the world cup overall, despite the fact that he has won a total of 5 golds at the long distance event in the world orienteering championships. He is from a small place called Eikenos in the northwestern part of Norway and has grown up in a typical sports family. A fun fact is that his four years younger brother actually did win a medal in the Norwegian senior championships earlier than he did himself. I want the first name of this fresh father that somehow has not been nominated to “The Orienteering Achievement of 2018”, even though he won the long distance this year at both EOC and WOC.

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Advent calendar day 13

Today I want the prename of a versatile runner! The runner has won the world cup overall in orienteering, has a bunch of WOC golds and has a bronze medal from the national championship in basketball! After ended career the runner has among others been coaching the Swedish national team.

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Advent calendar day 12

The Danish national team has several times proved they are capable of raising and bringing young talents to the top of the result lists both as juniors and seniors. Some good examples are Søren Bobach, who won JWOC as a first year junior in 2006 and later several golds at WOC, and Signe Søes who won the middle distance at EOC in 2014. The list would have been long if I should mention them all, so I go straight to the point. The answer of today is the first name of another Dane, who is the youngest winner of an individual gold medal at JWOC.

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Advent calendar day 11

Johanna Asklöf from Finland was the first Johanna to win a gold medal at WOC with the Finnish team during the relay at home ground in Tampere in 2001. The second Johanna to win a gold medal at the world orienteering championship is often known under a different name. In the results from WOC, she goes under this name, which also is the answer of today. As an extra lead, I can tell you she won the junior world orienteering championship the same year as she won the ordinary world orienteering championship.

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Advent calendar day 10

In 2009 a true legend from the western part of Norway died, only 42 years old, during a run in the mountains outside of Bergen. Among his best results were two fourth places at the world championships in 1993 and 1995, a gold medal from the Nordic orienteering championship and plenty of national medals in both orienteering, track and field and hill running. In his later years he was also called “Stoltzekongen”, in English “the king of Stoltzen” after his many victories in the steep hillrace “Stoltzekleiven opp”. The answer is his last name.

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Advent Calendar day 9

The runner of today was the first man from outside the Nordic countries to win Oringen in the elite class. He has passed 44 years, but is still fighting hard and was number 4 at EOC middle in Ticino earlier this year. He is the only man with gold in both middle, sprint, long and relay in the EOC history, but has never won an individual gold at WOC. The answer is his last name.

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Advent calendar day 8

Today I want the surname of a person who is the only from his or her country with a gold medal at the world orienteering championship. The person is representing an orienteering club with the same name as the star constellation which among others contains the stars Zeta, Epsilon and Delta. The club itself like to say they are “the brightest shining stars”, even though the brightest star in the constellation, Rigel, “only” is the seventh brightest star at the heaven seen from the earth.

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Advent calendar day 7

In 2003 the world orienteering championship was held in Switzerland. Simone Luder, now Niggli, won four golds of four possible and Thierry Gueorgiou took his first out of eight middle distance golds. The sprint was held in the spectacular village Rapperswil at the eastern side of Lake Zürich. For the Norwegians it was an ok championship with four medals, even though Norway missed the big highlight with a victory. For many Norwegians the championship will be remembered for the drama during one of the two sprint test races. During this test race Anders Nordberg was threatened with a gun by an angry farmer and had to warn the runners to take another route choice. One of the test races was held in Richterswil, the answer of today is the place of the other test race, where Anders Nordberg met the angry farmer.

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Advent calendar day 6

Today I want the name of an orienteering club with the same name as a country from the classical antiquity! The club was founded by a pastor in 1899. The first members were the confirmands of the pastors church, and in the beginning the club was named “Pastorns gossar”( in English, “The lads of the Pastor”). The clubs history in orienteering is both long and honourful, with two victories in Tiomila for men, and one victory in the women class.

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Advent calendar day 5

Orienteering relay is usually the most entertaining discipline with tight fights, a lot of changes in the leading group and even small mistakes can become crucial. The relay at the world orienteering championship this year was no exception. It was a tremendous battle for the victory, where the home team Latvia, was in the lead until just some controls were remaining. Sadly for the Latvians they become nr. 8 in the end, less than a minute behind the winning team. They didn’t win the gold, but they certainly won a lot of hearts with their effort! The only runner winning medals at the world championships representing Latvia is Edgars Bertuks. The answer of today is the name of another Latvian runner with a bronze medal at woc, when not representing Latvia.

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Advent calendar day 4

Today the answer is the maiden name of a pharmacist. She has had a versatile career which among others includes a gold medal at the junior world ski orienteering championship, several WOC golds and some medals in the junior national championship of track and field in her country. Her greatest achievement as an athlete is probably the individual victory in Olomouc.

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Advent calendar day 3

2021 is the fourth time Czech Republic (including former Czechoslovakia) is going to host the world orienteering championship. The first time, in 1972, Sarolta Monspart from Hungary became the first non-scandinavian to win a gold medal at WOC. The second time, in 1991, another Hungarian, Katalin Olah won the long distance. The home nation Czechoslovakia won 2 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronzes. The third time, in 2008, Thierry Gueorgiou was stung by a bee on his last leg for France, and Great Britain could celebrate the victory. I want the name of the host city in 2008!

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Advent calendar day 2

In 1966 the first world orienteering championship was held in Fiskars, a small village in Finland. One of the gold winners has the same mother club as me, Bergens Turnforening. The answer is the last name.

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Advent calendar day 1

Welcome to my advent calendar! The rules are simple, each day until the 24th of December I post a question here. You should try to answer the question, and write down the first letter of the answer. For each day you get a new letter, and when you put these letters together you get a new question. The first person to send me the correct answer of this last question has won. Ok? If not, just send me a message! Then we start!

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Hard facts 2018

In my training routines the date 3rd October always marks the beginning of a new training year. It’s time to make a summary for 2018, time for planning 2019 and time to start working for some future results.

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No pain... No gain??

Strong, fast, precise... Some Swiss guys coming from the side, the pace is increasing, it’s all about catching the group who started two minutes ahead. You feel the rush in the body, the legs starts screaming, but as response you push even harder. You raise your head, looking for that open hill in the edge of the forest, than BAM! The moss on the bare rock slips under your foot, and you’re free falling. Like in slow motion you understand you are about to plant your face in a big, sharp rock half a meter above the ground. The pain from the crash comes instantly, it’s like your brain is turning on every nerve in your whole body.

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Wow!! Fantastic days in St. Moritz!

After the concussion, I have finally been able to get into real training mode again! What a feeling! For weeks I was feeling like a wild wolf in a cage. Restless, irritated and extremely motivated to start the training for the big goals in the autumn. Tired of the beating in the head and frustrated to see week after week passing by without being able to take advantage of them. I promise you, for a runner it’s a tough feeling, but the gratefulness when everything works again is a lot stronger! You feel alive, like the chains are broken, the beast is set free and the wildness inside could finally find a way out! For me, it ended in a fantastic training week in Engadin with 251km of running.

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Rehab and training summary May/June

First a short update after the collision during the sprint at O’festivalen. I can rapport that the man I met at full speed head to head looks to be a tough guy! I did some research and contacted him the day after the race. He got a cut over his eye and had to sew two or three stitches, he did it without any anaesthesia and was at good mood. I guess orienteers are a though breed.

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Knockout sprint...

The last important sprint of the spring season was the sprint during O’festivalen in Oslo. It was the last chance for qualifying to the races in Latvia in the beginning of July, and definitely one of the highlights in the summer. And it all started so well!

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The dark Finnish forest!

1860 teams in the men class, 1600 teams in the women class, and a total of almost 20 000 runners fighting for honour and glory in the deep forest of Lahti, Finland. The terrain was expected to be really difficult with a lot of different challenges, from deep depressions and dense areas with small birch trees, to diffuse contours and extremely good runability with tall pines.

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One... Single... Second...

This weekend the Norwegian sprint championship in orienteering took place in the city of Stavanger. For me it was one of the highlights of the season, and I had high expectations in front of the races. I have developed far this year in the sprint, and I had a clear goal for the weekend. I wanted to go home from the championship with a medal around my neck and a spot in the camp with the national team in Latvia the following week.

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Monster sprint!

Some days I need to have some extra spices in my training, something extreme, something that makes me cheer when I am finished and breaks the regular pattern of the training weeks. Today was such a day!

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8th at Tiomila, what a night!

Tiomila is one of the ultimate challenges in the orienteering world. It’s cold, it’s dark and it’s a brutal fight each year to see which team could take home the victory after ten legs and over 100k of orienteering, mostly in the dark. The team is never stronger than its weakest link and it’s a relay where boys become men, and men become heroes.

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3rd at WRE-sprint Stockholm

Some days after tiomila Kristin and I decided to run DM-sprint Stockholm, which was also a WRE-sprint. The start line had a lot of good sprinters since it was a World Ranking Event, and I felt it was a good chance to get a quality sprint, where you got the possibility to fight against the best.

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