The U.S. Team finished 14th out of 16 teams in the Team Competition.
1st - Martin Jullum (Norway), 317 seconds; 65th - Karl Ahlswede (USA), 1054 seconds; 66th - Richard Y. Ebright (USA), 1066 seconds; 95th - Richard H. Ebright (USA), 1358 seconds; 111th - Glen Cafferty (USA), 1999 seconds (111 competitors)
Here’s a little of what Karl Ahlswede wrote, about the two days of competition:
"Day 1 WTOC, I had a huge mistake in that I thought I had 120 minutes when I only had 111. The bulletin info had said 120 but we were told the night before that we had 111. I am not sure why I ignored that info. So that gave me a 2 point penalty in addition to the 6 I missed all on my own. So while I am not last I am pretty close.
"I have a great deal of respect for the top competitors though. First through ninth were perfect and I think that missing one goes down to 20th place or so. Richard only missed 2 but was just a little overtime so he finished with 19 so great job there. Plus he nailed the timed controls which were tough. Sharon finished with 16. Congratulations to her.
"Day 2 of WTOC 2011. Well I redeemed myself for yesterday's fiasco with a 20 out of 22. By my hand count I was 14th for today (so I met my goal of a top 15 finish) but 42nd for the overall competition (which was well below where I wanted to place). Today there were only 2 perfect scores and my very brief claim to fame is coming in ahead of 3 of the 4 Swedes for today’s event."
Congratulations to Karl at his first WTOC!
August 12 – This morning was the second day of the Trail O' Champs, and it was a good day for this year's star, Joe Brautigam, though I know he had his hopes set higher. Joe was 5th after the first day, getting 21 of 22 controls correct. Today was a harder course (as I gather is common for the second day), and he got 19 of 22 correct, ended up overall in 11th place (one more correct would have put him in 6th, 2 more in 4th). Also in the Open class, Michael Poulsen finished 43rd and Sharon Crawford 46th. As a team, they finished 12th of 14 teams. In the Paralympic class, David Irving was 24th and Glen Cafferty was 36th.
August 10 – Today is Day 1 of the World Trail-O Championships. Competing for the USA are Sharon Crawford, Joe Brautigam, and Michael Poulsen in the open class, and Glen Cafferty and David Irving in the paralympic class. Results: After the first day Joe Brautigam is 5th, Michael Poulsen 31st, and Sharon Crawford 42nd in the Open class; David Irving is 23rd and Glen Cafferty 40th in the Paralympic class.
Comments by Peter Gagarin
For detailed results, maps and solutions, see the WTOC 2010 website.