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Lara
10-05-2011, 07:52 PM
It is heartbreaking to see her like this. :( One could see her fight for composure so much.

But on the other hand it is great to see how much skating means to her. If there is a way she will be back just for the pure love of it.

(((Laura)))

If she can come back, for that reason I really think we might see the type of performance Michelle Kwan gave at 98 Nats. I so hope that can happen. :( (((Laura)))

SmallFairy
10-06-2011, 07:00 PM
(((Laura)))

:wuzrobbed

First Jenni retired, and now maybe Laura....please, please get healthy again, I cross everything I have for her!! Her skating is just exquisite! (spelling..??)

Ankka
10-10-2011, 02:40 PM
Just thought to write a bit about the state of the Finnish skating...

First of all, it's a real shame about Kiira and Laura. Just hope both of them get better soon.

Then: Looking at the early competitions this fall the young ladies have all changed a lot. I mean: Beata still has to learn to trust her very tall body but her jumps seem a lot more secure. I was very very impressed by the improvements in Alisa's skating, especially the basic skating and transitions in her SP. Yay! What really puzzles me is Juulia's skating. What has happened to her? Is it just that she's trying to make so many big changes that it falls apart in competitions or that she's not trusting herself?

Also: :eek: about the idea of Valtter Virtanen, quad attempts and his thoughts about trying out pairs. I mean, have we ever (since the Jacobssons) had anyone competing in pairs?

Finnice
10-10-2011, 03:53 PM
^ Ankka, Suvi Asikainen and Riku Pöyry were the last pair in seniors, they were Finnish champions 2003. Maija and Pekka Pekkala were 12th in Europeans 1983 and 17th in the Worlds same year.

Valtter Virtanen has indeed left Finland on Sunday and started to train pairs skating in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He seems to be very motivated with that.

I agree that Beata and Alisa have learnt a lot. Juulia is still a very elegant skater with lovely spins and arm movements, but the jumps are not there. Maybe her goals after a very surprisingly succesful skater are too much for her now, but I really hope that she finds herself again.

I talked with Cecilia Törn yesterday, and she said she will be back and competes in the Finnish nationals in December. Her injuries are getting better.

Kiira at least said that everything is ok now and she is looking forward to her first GP competition.

Hedwig
10-10-2011, 06:11 PM
oh, who is Valtter competing with? Has he a partner already?

Sayana_mnk
10-10-2011, 11:40 PM
Valtter Virtanen has indeed left Finland on Sunday and started to train pairs skating in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He seems to be very motivated with that.
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Well, I think Virtanen may have a chance to do somewhat well in pairs. It's a shame, though, that there is still no pairs program in Finland or (correct me if I am wrong) other singles skaters willing to switch over to pairs. Finnice (or other Finnish posters), what do you think the prospects are for Finland to eventually begin a pairs program?

FinFan
10-15-2011, 10:32 AM
Nea Viiri withdrawn from Wasa Cup, what's going on? Hanna? Maija? Only one week to the first qualifications...

Loves_Shizuka
10-15-2011, 10:38 AM
That Laura video has seriously saddened me.

First and foremost, I just want her to be healthy again. And if she can skate, and skate the way she used to, well - I'll just be so thankful and appreciate all she does. This must be heartbreaking for her.

(((Sending her good thoughts)))

Hedwig
10-15-2011, 10:48 AM
Nea Viiri withdrawn from Wasa Cup, what's going on? Hanna? Maija? Only one week to the first qualifications...

She also withdrew from her last JGP so I guess some sort of injury.

maija
10-15-2011, 07:41 PM
Nea Viiri withdrawn from Wasa Cup, what's going on? Hanna? Maija? Only one week to the first qualifications...

I suppose her to compete in the first qualifications.

pinky166
10-15-2011, 09:06 PM
Poor Turkkilla really seems to be struggling lately and if it's because she feels pressure to be the future of Finnish skating with Laura's ongoing injuries and Kiira's recent ones, then I feel very sorry for her. She is just 16 years old and still learning her triples so she should not feel such pressure. Poor thing, her scores this season have been a good 20-30 points lower than what she scored at Europeans and Worlds last season :(.

Ankka
12-04-2011, 04:49 PM
Has anyone else noticed that the out of the Finnish ladies the one with the most difficult jumps seems to be Ljubov Efimenko, who's still in Novice? At the recent competition in Budapest she landed 3 Lz, 3 sal and 3 loops... :eek:

maija
12-04-2011, 08:33 PM
Has anyone else noticed that the out of the Finnish ladies the one with the most difficult jumps seems to be Ljubov Efimenko, who's still in Novice? At the recent competition in Budapest she landed 3 Lz, 3 sal and 3 loops... :eek:

She was born 1999 and is not yet eligible for Juniors (neither Seniors).:eek:

Hanna
12-04-2011, 10:22 PM
Has anyone else noticed that the out of the Finnish ladies the one with the most difficult jumps seems to be Ljubov Efimenko, who's still in Novice? At the recent competition in Budapest she landed 3 Lz, 3 sal and 3 loops... :eek:

She also tried a 3f in the sp (rotated but fallen). That's pretty impressive. But then again rotating is somewhat easier for a girl her age that hasn't gone through puberty yet. In any case, it's better to enjoy it now since we never know what happens in a year or two. :) But I agree, it's very impressive. She won all three international competitions she participated in this fall.

Added to her, lots of other girls have been upping their jump content this fall, which is fantastic. Not all of them have been succesful yet but it's always a good sign when you try. Here's what I can remember

Timila Shrestha - 3f
(Nea Viiri - 3lz)
Seidi Rantanen - 3t-3t
Nelma Hede - 3lo
Lyydia Määttänen - 3lo

FinFan
12-05-2011, 01:26 PM
The new rule for this season, in junior and senior level, was that there is not age requirements anymore. So, for examble Nelma Hede could be junior and Nea Viiri seniorskaters. And, I'm pretty sure that all those noviceyoungster will be juniors next season...