We are starting series of interviews with the best Bulgarian athletes who had participated in EYOC and young European athletes that will run next year in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. We want to present them to you with some interesting stories like how they started orienteering or their expectations about EYOC 2018 terrains, next year goals and much more.
Szegedi Vasutas Sportegyesület (SZVSE)
G.K.: How did you start with orienteering?
J.F.: I loved running and maps already in the preschool and my mom knew a trainer from my recent club, but I was too young so he invited me to a training just a few years later. After my first training on track we went to a little competition nearby and I really enjoyed the race so I decided to continue training and practicing orienteering.
G.K.: What is your favorite orienteering discipline and why?
J.F.: I love all disciplines, but middle distance is my favorite definitely. You have to run at high speed and you can’t do any mistakes. It’s more interesting during relay, because speed is faster and you can see your rivals in the forest and it makes you more concentrated and faster.
G.K.: When was your first EYOC and how did it go?
J.F.: It was in Cluj Napoca, Romania in 2015. I was 14, so I didn’t have any goals or thoughts about the results. I just went there and tried to enjoy the courses and the atmosphere of a major competition. I was in the top 6 during the sprint distance until the radio control, which was at the half of the course. I made a lot of mistakes in both of individual races and unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to show my best on the relay.
G.K.: What is your best result in EYOC competition?
J.F.: Silver medal in relay and 2 bronze medals in both the individual races in Slovakia, 2017.
G.K.: What do you think will be the most challenging part of the terrains planned for EYOC 2018 in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria?
J.F.: In my view the trickiest terrain is the sprint because of those lots of walls and ruins inside the fortress. I also think that course planners will make not just a technically, but also a physically hard course with lots of climbing and downhills on those steep mountains where the long distance will be.
G.K.: What will be the main focus of your preparation for EYOC next year?
J.F.: I wouldn’t miss one day either from my preparation because of injury as I did during the recent years. It would be good, if I could improve in everything, physically mostly, but also technically. I want to be and compete more relaxed and much more modest than now.
G.K.: What are your goals for next year?
J.F.: Qualify to the hungarian junior national team and participate in JWOC, which will be organized by my own club in Hungary. If I could compete more modestly and relaxed I could get in the top 6 on next EYOC – we will see.
*If you want to nominate an young athlete from your country for an interview, please send us an email to grigor.vt(at)gmail.com with your nomitation, some basic information about their results and goals and why to include him or her in our series. Include their contact information (email or facebook profile) so we can send the questions to the chosen ones.