(Runner’s interview nr 17)
His break through was the 2010 WOC in Trondheim – the World Champion title in the middle distance. Since then all orienteering fans know the name CARL WAALER KAAS. But he had gained the “big medals” even before Trondheim – he was a member of the bronze Norwegian team at 2006 and 2010 EOC relay. Will Norway beat Sweden this year as it did 2 years ago?
How has your training for the EOC been going on? I had some periods of cold/illness in the winter, but I have had a couple of months with really good training now and I feel my shape is getting better for each day.
What are your plans for the upcoming weeks until the EOC starts? Are you planning any special kind of training with the EOC focus? I will go to Dalarna the week before EOC to do my last preparations.
If one says Sweden, what comes to your mind first? That we, Norwegians, hate to be beaten by Swedes. It is always an internal fight between Norway and Sweden…
The EOC is hosted by Dalarna county. Have you got any experience with orienteering in this region? If so, how do you like the terrain here? Does it suit you? I really like the terrain in Dalarna. It is beautiful for training, both with and without map. I ran Elitserien in Mora last spring, nice competitions that told me the terrain is really physically demanding, but still I am sure the winner in EOC will be the one with the best technical performance.
The EOC programme includes 7 races within 7 days. Are you planning to run all disciplines? I am running middle, sprint and hopefully the relay. I would of course also really like to run the long distance, but the programme is in my mind too tough to run all disciplines.
In which disciplines do you think you have the highest chance for the top result? Is that discipline also your most favourite one? Middle distance has been my best discipline so far, and I think it will also be my best in EOC.
What do you expect from the EOC? Top quality competitions, hard fight for the medals and an experience for life.
Is there anything you perceive as particularly challenging in regard to the EOC 2012? As in all championships: You have to be 100% prepared mentally, technically and physically to be able to fight for the medals.
Your “favourite” questionnaire:
Favourite movie: Braveheart
Favourite music: Lars Winnerbäck
Favourite food: Lasagne
Favourite athlete: Bjørn Dæhlie
Favourite sport (except of orienteering): Cross country skiing
Favourite hobby: Hiking in the mountains and fishing
Favourite motto (quote): See the possibilities, not the limitations
Carl’s profile on WorldOfO: http://runners.worldofo.com/carlwaalerkaas.html
Carl’s webpage: http://www.carlwaalerkaas.com/
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