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.
SK Saue Tammed
G.K.: How did you start with orienteering?
T.T.: In my family orienteering has been a tradition, so introducing me to the forest was pretty obvious. When I was 7 years old I was first sent to mini-course by myself and later on to my first competitions. By the age of 11, I started competing on the “real courses”. Therefore, I have grown up with orienteering, it has become big part of my life now and I love it.
G.K.: What is your favorite orienteering discipline and why?
T.T.: I have never had a certain favorite discipline because I like equally all of them. But if I had to choose right now, I would pick sprint. I really like courses with big direction changes and with a lot of control points. I also think that focusing is very important in sprint, because every second could be decisive.
G.K.: When was your first EYOC and how did it go?
T.T.: My first EYOC was in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in 2016. If I look back now to that competition, I can say that I was not prepared for it enough. The terrain was completely different of what I have been using in Estonia. In the long distance and relay I failed because of stupid mistakes I did due to physical exhaustion. However, in sprint I did a rather good run and got 34th place. It wasn’t perfect, but after that I felt sprint was the distance that fit me better.
G.K.: What is your best result in EYOC competition?
T.T.: 6th place in sprint distance in Poland, 2016
G.K.: What do you think will be the most challenging part of the terrains planned for EYOC 2018 in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria?
T.T.: In sprint the most challenging part will be the fortress and the ruins in it. Therefore, in my opinion it is going to be a very technical race. In relay and long distance I’m afraid of the steep hills which usually cause problems for me. Also, the green area might be tricky.
G.K.: What will be the main focus of your preparation for EYOC next year?
T.T.: Mainly I am going to focus on improving my physical skills. Definetely, I need to improve my speed because it’s very important for sprint. Also, I have to do more uphill and durability trainings for the forest distances.
G.K.: What are your goals for next year?
T.T.: My dream is to be back in top 6 and I’m going to work hard on it. In long distance I am aiming for top25. In relay my goal is to stand up to pressure and to do a strong performance.
*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.