Simone Niggli-Luder about her first World Title in Belgium @ 17/03/2007
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. <br /><br />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. <br />I managed the heat well and run in the finish without knowing yet if I would get a medal. <br /><br />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.<br /><br />Best regards<br /> <img style="border: none;" alt="" src="http://www.olomega.be/news/data/upimages/unterschrift_white_on_black_150.png" /> <br />Simone<br /><br /><a href="http://www.orienteering.org/i3/index.php?/iof2006/results/foot_orienteering/jwoc_s/jwoc_1997_bel">Results JWOC 1997</a><br /><img style="border: none;" alt="" src="http://www.olomega.be/news/data/upimages/Simone_Luder_2000_Japan.jpg" />
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