O-Ringen

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The O-Ringen (previously called the “Swedish 5 days”) is an orienteering competition that takes place annually in different areas of Sweden. Orienteers from all over the world come to the competition. For orienteers around the world a trip to the O'ringen 5-days is their Mecca. This race attracts significant media coverage in Sweden and winning O-Ringen is often considered second only to the World Championships in prestige The competition takes place in July, and takes place over 5 days, where every active day is a competition stage. Competitors are assigned start times for the first four stages of the race, but on the fifth and final stage a "chasing start" is used. In a chasing start the overall leader in each class starts first and the remaining competitors start according to the total time they trail. This means that the first runner over the finish line on the final stage is the winner.

The O-Ringen was started in 1965 in Denmark, Skåne and Blekinge by Peo Bengtsson and Sivar Nordstöm. 156 participants attended the first and the participation levels have steadily increased since. Up until today the highest participant level was in 1985 in Dalarna/Falun were there were 25 021 participants.

The O-Ringen was included in the World Cup orienteering series in 1998, 2007 and 2008.

In 2009 there were prize money in the Elite series, the main classes for both the men and the women, totalling to half a million kronor. The final result in the junior elite classes will count towards the Silva Junior Cup.

From 2008 multi-sport has been represented at the competition in the form of the O-Ringen Multi. The competition on the Tuesday will be a part of the Swedish Multi-sport Cup.

The O-Ringen Academy is a training program which consists of three sections; International, Leadership and Sports. The International section focuses on training orienteers from all over the world who want to learn more about orienteering in order to develop the sport in their home countries. The Leadership section is a leadership training course in the form of seminars and speeches. The Sports section is more concerned with the physical side with training camps of different sorts, including a week for juniors before the O-Ringen.

Records[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Year Location(s) Number of contestants[1] Ladies winner[2] Men's winner[3]
1965 Skåne, Blekinge, Denmark 156  Sweden Inga-Britt Bengtsson  Sweden Nils Bohman
1966 Småland (4), Västergötland 672  Sweden Kerstin Granstedt  Finland Juhani Salmenkylä
1967 Motala 1 910  Sweden Ulla Lindkvist  Sweden Kalle Johansson
1968 Borås 3 250  Sweden Ulla Lindkvist  Norway Åge Hadler
1969 Rommehed 5 355  Sweden Ulla Lindkvist  Sweden Stefan Green
1970 Kristianstad 6 378  Sweden Ulla Lindkvist  Sweden Bernt Frilén
1971 Malmköping 8 627  Sweden Ulla Lindkvist  Sweden Hans Aurell
1972 Eksjö 8 253  Sweden Ulla Lindkvist  Sweden Hans Aurell
1973 Rättvik 10 449  Sweden Ulla Lindkvist  Sweden Bengt Gustafsson
1974 Kristianstad 10 196  Sweden Ulla Lindkvist  Sweden Ernst Jönsson
1975 Haninge 9 322  Sweden Anne Lundmark  Finland Matti Mäkinen
1976 Ransäter 14 843  Hungary Sarolta Monspart  Sweden Gert Pettersson
1977 Visby 7 186  Finland Liisa Veijalainen  Norway Sigurd Dæhli
1978 Skara 15 148  Finland Liisa Veijalainen  Sweden Kjell Lauri
1979 Örebro 15 842  Sweden Britt-Marie Karlsson  Sweden Lars-Henrik Undeland
1980 Uppsala 15 142  Finland Liisa Veijalainen  Sweden Lars Lönnkvist
1981 Mohed 18 983  Sweden Annichen Kringstad  Sweden Jörgen Mårtensson
1982 Luleå 13 631  Sweden Annichen Kringstad  Sweden Lars Lönnkvist
1983 Anderstorp 22 498  Sweden Annichen Kringstad  Sweden Håkan Eriksson
1984 Bräkne-Hoby 16 123  Sweden Karin Gunnarsson  Sweden Kent Olsson
1985 Falun 25 021  Sweden Annichen Kringstad  Sweden Joakim Ingelsson
1986 Borås 17 353  Sweden Annichen Kringstad  Sweden Anders Erik Olsson
1987 Norrköping 16 216  Sweden Katarina Borg  Sweden Lars Lönnkvist
1988 Sundsvall 16 413  Sweden Barbro Lönnkvist  Sweden Lars Lönnkvist
1989 Östersund 17 818  Sweden Barbro Lönnkvist  Sweden Niklas Löwegren
1990 Göteborg 20 172  Norway Ragnhild Bente Andersen  Sweden Per Ek
1991 Arboga 16 581  Sweden Arja Hannus  Sweden Håkan Eriksson
1992 Södertälje 17 806  Sweden Gunilla Svärd  Denmark Allan Mogensen
1993 Falkenberg 15 006  Sweden Annika Zell  Norway Petter Thoresen
1994 Örnsköldsvik 14 414  Sweden Katarina Borg  Norway Petter Thoresen
1995 Hässleholm 14 304  Finland Eija Koskivaara  Sweden Jörgen Olsson
1996 Karlstad 17 007  Sweden Annika Zell  Sweden Jörgen Mårtensson
1997 Umeå 11 179  Sweden Katarina Borg  Sweden Jörgen Mårtensson
1998 Gävle 13 249  Norway Hanne Staff  Sweden Johan Ivarsson
1999 Borlänge 15 238  Sweden Jenny Johansson  Sweden Fredrik Löwegren
2000 Hallsberg 13 740  Norway Hanne Staff  Sweden Jimmy Birklin
2001 Märsta 12 525  Sweden Marlena Jansson  Sweden Johan Ivarsson
2002 Skövde 14 651   Switzerland Simone Niggli-Luder  Finland Mats Haldin
2003 Uddevalla 14 998  United Kingdom Heather Monro  Finland Mats Haldin
2004 Göteborg 13 259  Sweden Jenny Johansson  Russia Valentin Novikov
2005 Skillingaryd 12 657  Sweden Emma Engstrand  Sweden Emil Wingstedt
2006 Mohed 13 500   Switzerland Simone Niggli-Luder  Lithuania Simonas Krepsta
2007 Mjölby 14 300   Switzerland Simone Niggli-Luder  Norway Anders Nordberg
2008 Sälen 24 375  Norway Anne Margrethe Hausken  Finland Tero Föhr
2009 Eksjö 15 589  Sweden Helena Jansson  Sweden Martin Johansson
2010 Örebro 16 069   Switzerland Simone Niggli-Luder  Sweden David Andersson
2011 Mohed 12 939  Sweden Tove Alexandersson  Sweden Erik Rost
2012 Halmstad 21172  Russia Tatiana Ryabkina  Norway Olav Lundanes
2013 Boden 12907  Sweden Tove Alexandersson  France Thierry Gueorgiou
2014 Kristianstad 23088  Sweden Tove Alexandersson  France Thierry Gueorgiou
2015 Borås
2016 Sälen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistik O-Ringen". Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Vinnare Damklassen". Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vinnare herrklassen". Retrieved 7 December 2014.