Simone Niggli-Luder about her first World Title in Belgium @ 17 March 2007 07:23 PM
I have of course good memories of the JWOC 1997 ! The terrain was really nice and demanding, especially because it was an extremely hot day. The sand dunes became so even bigger and I was really suffering on the last part of the course. I tried to keep my head cool and calm to find the control directly.
I remember that it was fast terrain and you had to be accurate with the direction. I had a good run with only small mistakes and when I came to the spectator control I heard that I was in the lead. I was a bit troubled because I had lost a lense on the last part of the race but it bothered me not too much. I drunk a lot at the refreshment control because it was so hot and started then on the final loop with some tricky controls in the dunes.
I managed the heat well and run in the finish without knowing yet if I would get a medal.
I had to wait on the other runners and especially on my teammate Regula Hulliger who was also a favourite. It was a fantastic feeling when I noticed that I had become World Champion , it was my first big international title. So I will always remember this place where my great career started.
Results JWOC 1997
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