Not Swiss Flag 18th April: Updated with news of Swedish team.

The biennial European Championships (EOC) take place in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, 5th - 13th May 2018.

The British team was announced last Friday.

As test races complete other teams are being announced.

After test races over the weekend 6th-8th, the Swiss team announcement has been made. The team includes 21 athletes, with Switzerland enjoying more places in several races because of defending champions having personal places.

Many names are very familiar, including Matthias Kyburz and Daniel Hubmann (World Nos 2 and 3), Judith Wyder (9 x WOC medals, returning after birth of first child), and Elena Roos (world number 6, and from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland.) Some may be less so: Simona Aebersold, Valérie Aebischer and Sofie Bachmann are last year's JWOC relay silver-medal team. This is a very strong team regardless of where the championships were being held and with home advantage they must be expected to do very well.

Arguably in the forest relays EOC is more competitive than the World Champs as all countries can enter two teams rather than one, and the Swiss and Swedish (at least) second teams are serious medal contenders. In the last championships it was the Swiss second team that won the Men's Forest Relay. There is a 4 hour video of both forest relays.

Norwegian Forest Selections

Norwegian Sprint Team

Sigrid Alexandersen, NTNUI, and Andrine Benjaminsen, Lillomarka OL, are selected for all disciplines. On the men's side there is no overlap between sprint and forest.

Swedish Team Announcement

The Swedish team of 11 men and 11 women was announced on the 18th. Tove Alexandersson is selected for every discipline, with several others selected for all except the Sprint Relay.

The team includes five names new to this level of competition: amongst the women Emma Bjessmo of IFK Lidingö and Lisa Risby of OK Kåre. Amongst the men Max-Peter Bejmer and Johan Högstrand from TioMila and Jukola winners IFK Göteborg, and Eric Börjeskog of Södertälje-Nykvarn OF. Eric is also a TioMila winner (in 2016), and (for our UK audience) he represented South London Orienteers at the JK in 2013.

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