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10.07.2014

Svetlana Mironova – historic winner

When Svetlana Mironova went up the highest point of the podium at the Awards Ceremony after the Long Distance, it was something that had never happened before. First of all, it was her first international individual title. Secondly, she’s the first-ever Russian female to win an individual World Orienteering Championship race.

“It was unexpected and a surprise”, she smiles.

The soon-to-be 28-year-old athlete has been one of the best this season. She did well at the European championships in Portugal (silver medal in Long Distance) and has also done very well before. Two years ago she wrote history together with Tatiana Ryabkina and Natalia Efimova when they won the relay at the European Championships in Sweden. That was the first international victory in relay for Russia with just women in the team. Russia had earlier won The World Games relay with a mixed team.

A new life

This year Svetlana has taken a new step forward. One big reason for that is that she has given bigger priority to the sport. “Since about one year ago I have been doing sport full-time. Before that I was working as a manager in a sports shop. It wasn’t full-time, but it has been a big plus to change”, she says.

Just two weeks’ training in Italy

While some nations have done weeks of training to learn how to run perfectly in Italy at WOC, Mironova has not had that practice. “I have been here for one week in October last year and one week prior to the Championships now”, she tells.

Her route choices and navigation were impressive on the Long distance, with 11 kilometres and a climb of 495 metres. “It was a very interesting course with different challenges in running and navigation. You had to find route choices; run straight, up and down. It was hard physically”, she comments. The winner fulfilled the course without any mistake.

Talk with mother

She has grown up with orienteering in Nizhni Novgorod, 450 km east of Moscow. “My parents do the sport and they have always been my coaches”, she says. In the morning before the golden race she had a long conversation with her mother Tatiana. “We talked for about 20 minutes”.

_ And she said?

“You know how to orienteer! Just use your skills!”


Source:  http://orienteering.org/svetlana-mironova-historic-winner/

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