Monday, July 10, 2017

Meet the 2017 USA Open Trail-O Team

SHARON CRAWFORD, one of the most successful US orienteers of all time, will be competing in the WTOC for her 10th time. A member of the Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club, Sharon has represented the US at the elite level in Foot Orienteering, Ski Orienteering, and Trail Orienteering over her long career. She holds numerous US titles along with many international age group awards.

CLARE DURAND of the Los Angeles Orienteering Club is competing in her sixth WTOC. A past President of OUSA, Clare not only competes in TrailO, but she also serves as the primary team organizer as the Executive Steering Committee Chair. Clare hopes to improve on her performance last year in the TempO, where she missed making the final by only a few missed controls. Clare can be found training in the deserts of Southern California by studying flash cards, sketch mapping nearby parks, and relocating herself at any opportunity.

Life is an adventure

RICHARD Y. EBRIGHT began orienteering 14 years ago as a Boy Scout. He immediately loved the combination of mental and physical challenge and began competing in earnest. A member of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association and MD/PhD trainee at Harvard Medical School, Richard discovered Trail-O just a few years later and began representing the US in international competition as a teenager. He is competing in his fourth WTOC.  In 2012 he was briefly at the top of the WTOC leader board for a day prior to the removal of a control. Unfortunately, his second day did not compare and he fell in the overall standings.

Competing in his fourth WTOC, Richard hopes to repeat his 2012 success, but this time for both PreO days. Richard is the current US Champion in both PreO and TempO and he loves the rapid, mental gymnastics of the faster TempO discipline where, in his words, literally seconds separate the competitors and gut instinct is often the best you have.

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