12 year old twins, Philipp and Daniel Kopisch, finished 1st and 2nd in the US Ski Orienteering Championship on 2/4/2007. The twins who attend Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park have shown an early interest in orienteering and started as early as 4 years old to go into the forest with a map. Over the last four years they have become more serious and won several titles in Bay Area Orienteering Championships.
In orienteering, "the thinking sport", you use a map and compass to navigate a course through unfamiliar terrain. For Ski Orienteering cross country skis are used to move through the terrain and find all controls on the specialized topo map.
Congratulations to the new US Champion in Ski Orienteering, Philipp Kopisch, and the silver medal winner, Daniel Kopisch.