Thierry Gueorgiou

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Thierry Gueorgiou
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Thierry Gueorgiou at the World Cup event in Norway 2007.
Medal record
Competitor for  France
Men's Orienteering
World Championships
Gold 2003 Rapperswil/Jona Middle
Gold 2004 Västerås Middle
Gold 2005 Aichi Middle
Gold 2007 Kiev Middle
Gold 2007 Kiev Sprint
Gold 2008 Olomouc Middle
Gold 2009 Miskolc Middle
Gold 2011 Savoie Middle
Gold 2011 Savoie Long
Gold 2011 Savoie Relay
Gold 2013 Vuokatti Long
Gold 2014 Asiago-Lavarone Long
Silver 2005 Aichi Relay
Silver 2009 Miskolc Long
Bronze 2003 Rapperswil-Jona Sprint
Bronze 2010 Trondheim Middle
Bronze 2010 Trondheim Long
World Games
Gold 2005 Duisburg Middle
World Cup
Gold 2006 WC Overall
Gold 2007 WC Overall
Silver 2005 WC Overall
Silver 2008 WC Overall
Silver 2009 WC Overall
Silver 2011 WC Overall
Bronze 2010 WC Overall
European Championships
Gold 2004 Roskilde Middle
Gold 2006 Otepää Middle
Gold 2008 Ventspils Middle
Silver 2010 Primorsko Relay
World University Championships
Gold 2000 Roanne Short
Gold 2000 Roanne Long
Gold 2000 Roanne Relay
Gold 2002 Varna Short
Gold 2002 Varna Relay
Junior World Championships
Silver 1998 Reims Long
Silver 1999 Varna Relay
Bronze 1998 Reims Relay
Bronze 1999 Varna Short

Thierry Gueorgiou (French pronunciation: ​[tjɛʁi ʒɔʁʒu];[1] born 30 March 1979[2]) is a French orienteer who has won more than 20 gold medals in international competitions, including the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) middle distance event seven times: 2003–2005, 2007–2009 and 2011.

Thierry Gueorgiou and Simone Niggli-Luder, WOC 2007 middle distance champions


Gueorgiou runs for two orienteering clubs, the French NO St-Etienne[3] and the Finnish Kalevan Rasti.[2] With Kalevan Rasti he has won the Jukola Relay five times (2004, 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2014).

Running for Fédération Française de Course d'Orientation, he made his senior international debut at WOC 1997 in Grimstad, Norway, at the age of 18.

World Orienteering Championships[edit]

Gueorgiou was a member of the French relay team at WOC 2008 in Olomouc, Czech Republic. While running in a clear lead on the third leg, he suffered a bee sting on the back of his tongue. He left the course to go directly to the finish, where he collapsed, barely able to breathe. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital.[4][5]

Martin Johansson 2009 WOC injury[edit]

At WOC 2009 in Miskolc, Hungary, during the last leg of the relay race Gueorgiou, Anders Nordberg (Norway), and Michal Smola (Czech Republic) were close behind the lead runner, Martin Johansson (Sweden), when Johansson suffered a 12 cm deep penetrating trauma from a stick in his right thigh. While Nordberg ran for help, Gueorgiou and Smola stayed with Johansson. Gueorgiou pulled out the stick, then applied compression to the wound using his own shirt and GPS tracking harness. Gueorgiou and Smola then carried Johansson to a road. Nordberg brought a physician there.[6][7]

European Championships[edit]

Gueorgiou was the 2006 European champion in trail orienteering, and is noted for his technical expertise.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Gueorgiou's nickname is Tero and he is commonly known as Tero Kettunen in Finland and Terje Gundersen in Norway.[6] He lives in St. Étienne,[2] France, where he studies biology.[3]


  1. ^ How Thierry Gueorgiou pronounces his name
  2. ^ a b c d "Profile: Thierry Gueorgiou". Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Thierry Gueorgiou". Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  4. ^ John McCullough (2008-07-28). "High drama at the WOC Relay". The Irish Orienteer. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Cruel bee sting costs French world orienteering title". CzechNews. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  6. ^ a b Thierry Gueorgiou (2009-08-27). "25th in WOC relay…". Thierry Gueorgiou. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  7. ^ Martin Johansson (2009-08-26). "The WOC-relay and the days after". Retrieved 2009-09-08. 

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