JWOC live with Lisa Risby.

Junior World orienteering championships

I just run as fast as i could

Here we come with another champion, Lisa Risby, winner of long, second at middle. Another champion who had her ups and downs during JWOC and experienced a varied week here.

Born: 6 July 1993
Lives: Göteborg (moved here after JWOC)
School: Studying Geosciences at Göteborg University (started after JWOC)
Team: OK Kåre

If I say JWOC 2013, what will come as the first thing to your mind?

That’s a really hard question. Actually, I think, it will be the team. Maybe it’s a standard answer, but actually, yes, it is the team. Sara (Sara Hagström – note), when she came into the finish after the long distance, said: “Lisa will win this!” They believed in me and that helped me really much.

Did they believe in you even more than in Frida? I think that she was said to be favourite more frequently, but surely it is difficult to make such judgements in advance and without good knowledge of the runners. And in the end, it might be a question of seconds or good luck ...

Frida has been more stable then me before, so she has had better results. But this spring I had a better flow in my orienteering so we became more or less on the same level. So I don’t think that either of us was a greater favourite than the other; we both had the chance.

With what ambitions did you come to the JWOC? Did you believe you could take a medal?

Maybe I believed that I could do it, but at the same time I was really, really uncertain of what I was capable of doing, because there are people you never meet at competitions, so you can never be sure of anything. But I absolutely had it in my mind beforehand that I wanted it.

How many times have you visited Czech terrain during the preparation stages and how many times before (if ever)? Did you feel some of the types of terrain, and hence some of the disciplines, as more suitable for you than the others?

I was on one training camp before JWOC. When I first saw the terrain for the long distance I thought that it could be something for me; I’m used to a lot of hills from my home town Falun. I was more insecure about the middle distance because it demanded more technical skills, and I had been a bit up and down in my orienteering.

Did your training before JWOC pass according to your plans, with no injuries?

I could do exactly as I wanted to without any problems and soukroma inzerce prodej aut.

What is your strongest memory from the gold race in long distance?

:-) It must be the finish because the terrain was so hard and therefore you never thought you were running fast, so I was totally surprised when they said I was first. It was a complete shock! And it was a really nice feeling!

But having looked at the split times and route choices, there were some mistakes, not so small on posts 1 and 8, and smaller on some others (e.g. 3, 9, 10). So did the others make more mistakes - or are you stronger, do you think?

I think that it’s easier to make mistakes in a JWOC than in competitions back at home. That’s how I feel, because I’m more tense then usual and I want more out of it. But I think that my strength was that I didn’t focus on the mistake and I didn’t give up. I just ran as fast as I could.

After the gold race you said it would be very difficult to re-focus for the next races. So how did you manage to re-focus?

I really don’t know, but I think that I just used the thought “I did it once and I want to do it again”. And I just focused on that, and I used the gold medal to improve my self-esteem.

And the silver race in middle? It didn’t seem from the beginning that you were running such a good race.

No, I wasn’t, actually. To the fourth control and second control, I was quite well down. At the fifth control I saw Lucy Butt (she started 2 minutes after Lisa), and then I thought that if I don’t run faster now I have no chance at all, so I just speeded up :-) .

And so what went wrong at the beginning? In some other interview you said that you were too passive, so were you not careful enough with the map reading at the beginning?

I was too passive at the beginning and made safe route choices, so my speed was just too low. If I could do it all over again I would focus less on small details and choose some big ones to be able to speed up. So I think that I had the wrong technical plan from the beginning.

It is just a speculation, but do you think that if Lucy hadn't appeared behind you, you really would have been slower and perhaps without medal?

Yes, that’s probably true. If she had never appeared, I would have continued on too slowly.

What was your feeling on the start line of the sprint race? Did you want to increase your collection or in contrary, were you relaxed because you had already achieved big success?

Of course I wanted to have another good race. But I have never had good results in sprint, so I planned not to look at the definitions, to get more time for route choices and running. So now I’ve learned not to test something new at a championship!

Well, and so what happened there? We were quite unsure after looking at your map with your route choices ...

After the spectator control (13th) and passage through the arena I ran the course backwards (15th and then 14th) and I missed going to the 16th control. Sara did almost the same. I don’t know what time I would have had if I had run correctly, but it would have been slower than what my time actually was at the finish. I think I became too stressed when I heard that I was 10 seconds behind the lead at the spectator control.

When did you realise that you had done something wrong - not until the finish, or did you conclude that it would take too much time to return, so that the result would anyway be useless, and you knew that you were not running to the 16th anymore?

I didn’t know that I had done something wrong until I reached the finish.

I read on the OK Kåre website that sprint is your favourite discipline.

No, I think they hoped that I would have a good race so that it could be my new favourite distance :-)! I have not done anything good in sprint before. I was third in the Swedish championship, but I was almost half minute after the winner. So I was totally surprised at the spectator control in the JWOC race – it was amazing to hear it. And then I was quite mad… but it’s all about those first ten minutes for me. Then I just thought “eleven seconds behind at the JWOC, I’ve never done anything like that”. It just feels like I’ve improved very much this week, and I couldn’t be sad.

Unfortunately, just on the day of the relay where Sara missed a control, you had your 20th birthday … but all was forgotten by the evening with the banquet, so you enjoyed a celebration?

Yes, of course I did. It was a pity that I couldn’t run, but I was quite satisfied with the week overall. It was just sad for Sara that it happened. But in relays that kind of thing can happen.

Which terrain did you like the most?

That’s hard. I really like it when it’s hilly, and that’s my favourite, but still it was really fun to run the technical middle. But I think the long, because I like to run and not to have to think all the time.

This was a huge improvement in your results from the JWOC 2012 to JWOC 2013. Last year 22nd place was the best for you. What have you done differently in preparation for this JWOC?

I think last year I was in really good shape, but I hadn’t the mental part in place. I think this year I knew what to expect, I knew everything: I never needed to think of how the pre-start, the start and everything works. It went back to normal and it was just a regular race again. I just did everything as I am used to doing, whereas last year I thought I had to do something special…

Therefore was it enough that you simply did not need to face new situations during (or before) the race, or did you go through some mental training after the JWOC 2012? In some other interview, you said that you felt blocked in those matters in which you thought that you could be weak (for example plain running on track). What helped - just change of mental approach or did you improve physically in your weak points too?

I’ve got help from someone in my club to improve my route-choice skills and to be calm mentally. So I’ve worked hard with both the technical part and the mental approach. And I feel that I’ve made progress compared to last year.

How did you like the atmosphere here?

:-) Yeah, it was really nice. Many more people than last year. I liked it. I have enjoyed everything. And I really liked that it was on TV, I really liked it. It was really fun to see it afterwards.

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