Can you give an short introduction of yourself?
- Hej! My name is Martin Smelik and I am 22 years old. I originally come from Kosice, the 2nd biggest city in Slovakia, but for the bachelor studies I moved to Prague to study mathematics and nowadays I live in Ryd and study master’s program Statistics and Machine learning.
What is your orienteering background?
-I started orienteering just about 9 months before I was born as my both parents are orienteers. I’ve been running for quite many clubs as I was moving quite a lot and also because of the low level of Slovak orienteering, which made me run also for foreign clubs. Except of ATU Kosice, my home club, I was also running for Hungarian orienteering club from Miskolc, and Czech club Magnus orienteering in my youth age. At that age I trained quite a lot and also took part at some international competitions like EYOC with 5th place at long distance or JWOC with 12th place at middle. At the same time I started to run for Hellas, Stockholm’s club. Since then I’ve been doing orienteering mostly for fun and because I wanted to compete with the same friends that I train with, I changed the clubs in both Czech (to Prague’s OK Kamenice) and here in Sweden to LOK.
What is your expectations on the change to LOK?
-Have fun mostly, have friends to train with, and also very much looking forward to all the relays.
What is your best orienteering memory?
-All those chilly summer competitions!
Some short questions:
Relay or individual races
Pizza or Tacos
Jukola or 10Mila-
Have never been to Jukola but it seems like definitely worth trying
Green area or cutting area
Favorite controllpoint? Reentrant (Sänka)
With this all I can say is very welcome to the club Martin!