Thierry Gueorgiou

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Thierry Gueorgiou
Thierry Gueorgiou 2007.jpg
Gueorgiou at the World Cup event
in Norway 2007
Medal record
Men's orienteering
Representing  France
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Rapperswil/Jona Middle
Gold medal – first place 2004 Västerås Middle
Gold medal – first place 2005 Aichi Middle
Gold medal – first place 2007 Kiev Middle
Gold medal – first place 2007 Kiev Sprint
Gold medal – first place 2008 Olomouc Middle
Gold medal – first place 2009 Miskolc Middle
Gold medal – first place 2011 Savoie Middle
Gold medal – first place 2011 Savoie Long
Gold medal – first place 2011 Savoie Relay
Gold medal – first place 2013 Vuokatti Long
Gold medal – first place 2014 Asiago-Lavarone Long
Gold medal – first place 2015 Inverness Long
Gold medal – first place 2017 Tartu Middle
Silver medal – second place 2005 Aichi Relay
Silver medal – second place 2009 Miskolc Long
Silver medal – second place 2016 Stromstad Long
Silver medal – second place 2017 Tartu Relay
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Rapperswil/Jona Sprint
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Trondheim Middle
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Trondheim Long
World Games
Gold medal – first place 2005 Duisburg Middle
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2006 WC Overall
Gold medal – first place 2007 WC Overall
Silver medal – second place 2005 WC Overall
Silver medal – second place 2008 WC Overall
Silver medal – second place 2009 WC Overall
Silver medal – second place 2011 WC Overall
Bronze medal – third place 2010 WC Overall
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Roskilde Middle
Gold medal – first place 2006 Otepää Middle
Gold medal – first place 2008 Ventspils Middle
Silver medal – second place 2010 Primorsko Relay
World University Championships
Gold medal – first place 2000 Roanne Short
Gold medal – first place 2000 Roanne Long
Gold medal – first place 2000 Roanne Relay
Gold medal – first place 2002 Varna Short
Gold medal – first place 2002 Varna Relay
Junior World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1998 Reims Long
Silver medal – second place 1999 Varna Relay
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Reims Relay
Bronze medal – third place 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 eight times: 2003–2005, 2007–2009, 2011 and 2017. In November 2016 it was announced he will become the Swedish national team head coach following the 2017 World Championships. [3]

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

Clubs[edit]

Gueorgiou runs for two orienteering clubs, the French NO St-Etienne[4] 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]

After his Debut in 1997, it took Gueorgiou 6 years to achieve his first medal. Gueorgiou has said that this was his hardest period in orienteering. in 2001 Gueorgiou came 19th in the Short distance after a near perfect run, which led him to make changes to his technique that would eventually lead him to multiple world championship victories.[5]

His breakthrough season came in 2003, where he won his first gold medal in the Middle Distance. Gueorgiou has since won all 3 individual disciplines, winning the Sprint Distance for the first time in Kiev in 2007 and the Long Distance for the fist time in 2011. Gueorgiou won his most recent Long Distance gold medal in 2015, winning the gold in the Long Distance at Glen Affric ahead of Daniel Hubmann and Olav Lundanes. Thierry has won 14 gold medals at world championships.

Gueorgiou announced his retirement from international competition after the 2017 World Orienteering Championships in Estonia, where he won his final gold medal in the Middle Distance.[6]

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.[7][8]

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.[9][10]

Style of Orienteering[edit]

Gueorgiou has stated in interviews that his style is "Full speed, no mistakes".[11] Gueorgiou is noted for his incredible map- reading, and is frequently named as "The King of Middle Distance" for his multiple victories at world championships. Alongside his victories in Classic foot orienteering, Gueorgiou was the 2006 European champion in trail orienteering.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Gueorgiou's nickname is Tero and he is commonly known as Tero Kettunen in Finland and Terje Gundersen in Norway.[9] He was born in St. Étienne, and currently lives in Uppsala, Sweden with his partner elite orienteer Annika Billstam.

References[edit]

  1. ^ How Thierry Gueorgiou pronounces his name
  2. ^ a b c "Profile: Thierry Gueorgiou". runners.worldofo.com. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  3. ^ Sara Stylbäck Vesa (25 November 2016). "Drömvärvning av orienteringslandslaget" (in Swedish). SVT Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Thierry Gueorgiou". tero1.free.fr. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  5. ^ http://news.worldofo.com/2007/12/10/gueorgious-story-part-ii/
  6. ^ http://woc2017.ee/
  7. ^ John McCullough (2008-07-28). "High drama at the WOC Relay". The Irish Orienteer. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  8. ^ "Cruel bee sting costs French world orienteering title". CzechNews. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  9. ^ a b Thierry Gueorgiou (2009-08-27). "25th in WOC relay…". Thierry Gueorgiou. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  10. ^ Martin Johansson (2009-08-26). "The WOC-relay and the days after". Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  11. ^ http://news.worldofo.com/2007/12/10/gueorgious-story-part-ii/

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