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love_skate2011
03-25-2012, 07:29 PM
oh my dear Laura
you will be missed. good luck with your new life :(

IDC a.k.a. Ritti
03-25-2012, 07:51 PM
Some more tidbits from the video and the articles:

It looks like Laura told about her decision to her coach and family 3 weeks ago (which would mean about 2 weeks after the exhibitions in North Korea). She says that the fuss about North Korea had nothing to do with her decision though.

"When I left for the trip I was all sincere. Then, when I came back, I was flabbergasted about what was going on. It was a crunch. I felt completely misunderstood. It didn't have any effect on this [decision] though."

"I still love to skate. Its is such a lovely form of sports. It still feels great to do those programs, and what I miss after such a long break is expressing myself."

Finnice
03-25-2012, 07:52 PM
Thank you, Laura, for every lovely moment you gave us figure skating fans, in Finland and elsewhere.
Not a surprise, but so unfair that she had to end her career.

love_skate2011
03-25-2012, 08:01 PM
not only will I miss Laura dearly :(:(
but the fact that the bland and not so talented Kira Korpi will be the reigning finish skating champ for more years to come because Laura won't be theer anymore, I just can't take

Hanna
03-25-2012, 08:37 PM
but the fact that the bland and not so talented Kira Korpi will be the reigning finish skating champ for more years to come because Laura won't be theer anymore, I just can't take
Maybe you could leave comments like this to yourself right now. It's not like it's certain Kiira (with all her injuries) will be there next year either.

Finnice
03-25-2012, 08:46 PM
not only will I miss Laura dearly :(:(
but the fact that the bland and not so talented Kira Korpi will be the reigning finish skating champ for more years to come because Laura won't be theer anymore, I just can't take

You could be taken more seriously if you could spell the skater´s name right. Or maybe not even then.

maija
03-25-2012, 09:01 PM
I will miss Laura on ice very much but I feel myself lucky because I have known her so many years and seen her skating thousands of times.

emilieh
03-25-2012, 11:35 PM
Sad news indeed. She's a lovely skater, and I always feel badly when an athlete doesn't get to leave the sport on her own terms. I'm glad I had the chance to see her skate live, even just once!

ioana
03-26-2012, 01:06 AM
This is very sad. Judging by the short video of her gala performance in North Korea she had a long road ahead before getting all her jumps back. But to me her skating was never about jumps anyway and I will miss seeing her compete. She was beautiful to watch and I hope she will at least consider doing shows once in a while. :fragile:

Marco
03-26-2012, 04:36 AM
:(

One of the best ladies to have emerged from the last Olympic cycle. Such a lovely skater. At least she won Euros, medalled at Worlds and placed in the top 6 at the Olympics and probably advanced as much as she could without a 3flip and real consistency.

Her Olympic free skate remains my most-watched performance of the whole 2010 Games.

IDC a.k.a. Ritti
04-04-2012, 06:26 AM
Laura Lepistö will skate her long program for this season (that she never got to skate in a competition) in the Plan Ice Gala in Helsinki on April 19.

Articles and videos(in Finnish):
http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/muutlajit/uutiset.shtml/2012/04/1523037/lepiston-jaahyvais-show-ohjelma-joka-oli-jaada-nakematta?taitoluistelu
http://yle.fi/urheilu/lajit/muut/taitoluistelu/2012/04/laura_lepisto_luistelee_jaahyvaiset_huhtikuussa_33 83031.html
http://www.iltasanomat.fi/taitoluistelu/uran-lopettaminen-hymyilyttaa-laura-lepistoa/art-1288459755871.html
http://www.iltalehti.fi/talviurheilu/2012040415408299_tl.shtml

caro-ira
04-04-2012, 10:18 AM
Laura Lepistö will skate her long program for this season (that she never got to skate in a competition) in the Plan Ice Gala in Helsinki on April 19.

Articles and videos(in Finnish):
http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/muutlajit/uutiset.shtml/2012/04/1523037/lepiston-jaahyvais-show-ohjelma-joka-oli-jaada-nakematta?taitoluistelu
http://yle.fi/urheilu/lajit/muut/taitoluistelu/2012/04/laura_lepisto_luistelee_jaahyvaiset_huhtikuussa_33 83031.html
http://www.iltasanomat.fi/taitoluistelu/uran-lopettaminen-hymyilyttaa-laura-lepistoa/art-1288459755871.html
http://www.iltalehti.fi/talviurheilu/2012040415408299_tl.shtml

Great news. Thanks a lot.

MikiAndoFan#1
04-10-2012, 09:22 PM
Laura Lepistö at Kings on Ice. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e5s0_9ZrKI) :) Here's an alternative video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyh7K77rBfw. :)

Hanna
04-22-2012, 09:25 PM
Laura Lepistö will skate her long program for this season (that she never got to skate in a competition) in the Plan Ice Gala in Helsinki on April 19.

Wow, that was one gorgeous program. The music was to die for. Makes me :wuzrobbed that she never got to compete with that.

I think this is probably geo-blocked but here's a link for the Finns at least (starts at 58:50). http://www.katsomo.fi/?progId=118843

MikiAndoFan#1
04-22-2012, 10:04 PM
Wow, that was one gorgeous program. The music was to die for. Makes me :wuzrobbed that she never got to compete with that.

I think this is probably geo-blocked but here's a link for the Finns at least (starts at 58:50). http://www.katsomo.fi/?progId=118843

It's not geo-blocked. :) It really is a beautiful program! :swoon: