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Medal record

Thierry Gueorgiou at the World Cup event in Norway 2007.
Competitor for  France
Men's Orienteering
World Championships
Gold 2003 Rapperswil/Jona Middle
Gold 2004 Västerås Middle
Gold 2005 Aichi Middle
Gold 2007 Kiev Middle
Gold 2007 Kiev Sprint
Gold 2008 Olomouc Middle
Gold 2009 Miskolc Middle
Silver 2005 Aichi Relay
Silver 2009 Miskolc Long
Bronze 2003 Rapperswil-Jona Sprint
World Games
Gold 2005 Duisburg Middle
World Cup
Gold 2006 WC Overall
Gold 2007 WC Overall
Silver 2005 WC Overall
Silver 2008 WC Overall
Silver 2009 WC Overall
European Championships
Gold 2004 Roskilde Middle
Gold 2006 Otepää Middle
Gold 2008 Ventspils Middle
World University Championships
Gold 2000 Roanne Short
Gold 2000 Roanne Long
Gold 2000 Roanne Relay
Gold 2002 Varna Short
Gold 2002 Varna Relay
Junior World Championships
Silver 1998 Reims Long
Silver 1999 Varna Relay
Bronze 1998 Reims Relay
Bronze 1999 Varna Short
Thierry Gueorgiou at the 2005 World Championships (winning the middle distance final)
Thierry Gueorgiou and Simone Niggli-Luder, WOC 2007 middle distance champions

Thierry Gueorgiou (pronounced /ʒɒrʒʊ/;[1] born March 30, 1979[2]) is a French orienteer who has won more than 20 gold medals in international competitions, including the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) middle distance event six times: 2003–2005 and 2007–2009. .



Gueorgiou runs for two orienteering clubs, the French NO St-Etienne[3] and the Finnish Kalevan Rasti.[2] With Kalevan Rasti he has won the Jukola Relay three times (2004, 2005 and 2007).

Running for Fédération Française de Course d'Orientation, he made his senior international debut at WOC 1997 in Grimstad, Norway, at the age of 18.

World Orienteering Championships

Nordberg, Smola, and Gueorgiou finishing their race after aiding Johansson; Gueorgiou has the stick in his pocket

At WOC 2009 in Miskolc, Hungary, during the last leg of the relay race Gueorgiou, Anders Nordberg (Norway), and Michal Smola (Czech Republic) were close behind the lead runner, Martin Johansson (Sweden), when Johansson suffered a 12 cm deep penetrating trauma from a stick in his right thigh. While Nordberg ran for help, Gueorgiou and Smola stayed with Johansson. Gueorgiou pulled out the stick, then applied compression to the wound using his own shirt and GPS tracking harness. Gueorgiou and Smola then carried Johansson to a road. Nordberg brought a physician there.[4][5] Only after Johansson was on his way to the hospital did the other three continue on the course. All this happened so quickly, and the lead runners had been so far in the lead, that the relay race was still in progress. Gueorgiou, Nordberg, and Smola jogged together to the finish, graciously yielding to other relay race competitors who were not aware of the incident.[6] They finished 25th, 26th, and 27th.

Foot orienteering races are cross-country, off-rail races across meadows and through forests. Spectators worldwide who were following the men's relay race, via GPS tracking shown live on the Internet, witnessed the strange behavior of the four leaders' GPS tracks on the race map – the tracks stopped. Soon Nordberg’s track started moving again, but it went to the road and then to the finish area.[7]

After much deliberation on whether or not to void the relay, the organizers declared that it stood.[8] Interpretation of IOF Foot-O Competition Rules was at issue: rule 26.13 states "The organiser must void a competition if at any point it becomes clear that circumstances have arisen which make the competition unfair or dangerous for the competitors." IOF president Åke Jacobson told Gueorgiou, Nordberg and Smola "What you did today is a great example of extreme sportsmanship and fair play. You are an inspiration for all of us!"[8] An orienteering relay team has 3 runners. Orienteers have dubbed Gueorgiou, Nordberg and Smola "Team Fairplay".[9][10]

Gueorgiou also was a member of the French relay team at WOC 2008 in Olomouc, Czech Republic. While running in a clear lead on the third leg, he suffered a bee sting on the back of his tongue. He left the course to go directly to the finish, where he collapsed, barely able to breathe. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital.[11][12]

European Championships

Gueorgiou was the 2006 European champion in trail orienteering, and is noted for his technical expertise.[2]

Personal life

Gueorgiou's nickname is Tero and he is commonly known as Tero Kettunen in Finland and Terje Gundersen in Norway.[4] He lives in St. Etienne,[2] France, where he studies biology.[3]


  1. ^ How Thierry Gueorgiou pronounces his name
  2. ^ a b c d "Profile: Thierry Gueorgiou". Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  3. ^ a b "Thierry Gueorgiou". Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  4. ^ a b Thierry Gueorgiou (2009-08-27). "25th in WOC relay…". Thierry Gueorgiou. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  
  5. ^ Martin Johansson (2009-08-26). "The WOC-relay and the days after". Retrieved 2009-09-08.  
  6. ^ Eddie Bergeron (2009-08-21). "Discussion: WOC relay challenge - just one US taker needed (comment)". Attackpoint. Retrieved 2009-09-07.  
  7. ^ Anatolijs Tarasovs (2009-08-21). "The dramatic and tense WOC relay". Ultimate Orienteering. Retrieved 2009-09-11.  
  8. ^ a b "WOC2009 Miskolc - Hungary". 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2009-09-07.  
  9. ^ Ivo Danailov (2009-08-21). "Switzerland best in the dramatic relay". Retrieved 2009-09-08.  
  10. ^ "Discussion: The French criticizes IOF". Attackpoint. 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  
  11. ^ John McCullough (2008-07-28). "High drama at the WOC Relay". The Irish Orienteer. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  
  12. ^ "Cruel bee sting costs French world orienteering title". CzechNews. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  

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