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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Simone Niggli Retires

The big news in World Orienteering is that the dominant woman orienteer of her generation, quite possibly the best of all time, Simone Niggli has announced her retirement. The World of O reports here. Simone Niggli, is not only known for winning 23 gold medals at World Championship level, but for being a true sporting champion. At times her speed and consistency drove her opponents to distraction and verbal outbursts, but she kept her aggression for the terrain and was a humble winner.

Niggli developed a taste for gold

Unbelievably, Niggli twice won all 4 gold medals on offer at the World Orienteering Championship. Firstly in 2003 (Switzerland then 2005 (Japan), while this year, 8 years after her last such success, she came so close with victories in all the individual events and a bronze in the relay. The orienteering world salutes our champion.

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