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maija
04-19-2010, 09:05 PM
Espoon Jäätaiturit (Laura Lepistö's home club ... and mine, too) has every spring an ice show in Laaksolahti, Espoo, Finland. The show is usually based on a fairy tale. All the skaters from the club perform in the show, youngest ones are three years old and eldest ones adult skaters.

The show (four performances) last weekend was fairy tale of Pekka Töpöhäntä (in Swedish: Pelle Svanslös, in English something like 'Peter-No-Tail'. Pekka Töpöhäntä is a cat without a tail.

Laura Lepistö's role was Vapaudenpatsas (Statue of Liberty) :D
Jenni Vähämaa was Kissaemo (Cat Mother) :)
Matthias Versluis was Palopäällikkö (Chief Fireman) :cool:

One photogallery of the show (http://mle.galleria.fi/kuvat/EsJT+Ice+Gala/Pekka+T%F6p%F6h%E4nt%E4+17.-18.4.2010/)
Another photogallery of the show (http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/11878527_WBkw3#840606414_sxCmX)

... and I had made the manuscript

briancoogaert
04-19-2010, 09:14 PM
What a beautiful statue :swoon:

Ziggy
04-19-2010, 11:23 PM
This is deliciously bonkers. :D

lowtherlore
04-20-2010, 01:28 AM
Laura is beautiful even in silly costume :)
I hope we get to see Jenni next season.

maija
04-20-2010, 07:14 AM
Laura Lepistö (http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/11878527_WBkw3#840613688_V93gF)

Jenni Vähämaa (http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/11878527_WBkw3#840606561_HMq3e)

sk8gr8h8
04-20-2010, 07:53 AM
Thanks for posting, maija! Laura looks beautiful in white. What a :swoon:-worthy lady she is!

IceIceBaby
04-20-2010, 09:28 AM
Jenni looks :eek: in that costume. Why do they have to humiliate Laura and Jenni like this... I don't think any of the world's top skaters would have agreed to dress as a Statue of liberty or a cat for a show? :scream:

MR-FAN
04-20-2010, 09:39 AM
Jenni looks :eek: in that costume. Why do they have to humiliate Laura and Jenni like this...

Humiliate :confused: I think they're such good sports for doing this and having fun with it :hat1:


I don't think any of the world's top skaters would have agreed to dress as a Statue of liberty or a cat for a show? :scream:

I couldn't resist :rofl:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwO542dGDH4

MR-FAN
04-20-2010, 09:43 AM
Thanks for posting, maija! Laura looks beautiful in white. What a :swoon:-worthy lady she is!

http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/11878527_WBkw3#840630200_Luo9T

:swoon:

maija
04-20-2010, 09:44 AM
Jenni looks :eek: in that costume. Why do they have to humiliate Laura and Jenni like this... I don't think any of the world's top skaters would have agreed to dress as a Statue of liberty or a cat for a show? :scream:

Because it was a fairy tale, a story, not a show with separate 'numbers'. Everyone had an individual or a group role (or both like Jenni) in the show. Jenni was also one of these girls (http://mle.galleria.fi/kuvat/EsJT+Ice+Gala/Pekka+T%F6p%F6h%E4nt%E4+17.-18.4.2010/IMG_4642.JPG).

In fact Laura had the same costume than in the 'end show' (I forgot what is called in English) in the Europeans and in the Worlds. She only had a 'toga' over it in the beginning and of course something on her head.

maija
04-20-2010, 09:51 AM
In this photo (http://mle.galleria.fi/kuvat/EsJT+Ice+Gala/Pekka+T%F6p%F6h%E4nt%E4+17.-18.4.2010/IMG_4631.JPG):
- 'Manhattan Jim' on the left is Nea Viiri (Finnish Novice Champion)
- 'Manhattan Mary' on the right is Seidi Rantanen (Finnish Novice Silver medallist and Nordic Champion)

In this photo (http://mle.galleria.fi/kuvat/EsJT+Ice+Gala/Pekka+T%F6p%F6h%E4nt%E4+17.-18.4.2010/IMG_4216.JPG) the blue dressed girl on left is Nelma Hede (Finnish Novice bronze medallist, born 1998). This was the first club show for her (because their family returned to Finland a year ago) and she enjoyed it very much!!!

IceIceBaby
04-20-2010, 10:02 AM
Humiliate :confused: I think they're such good sports for doing this and having fun with it :hat1:



I couldn't resist :rofl:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwO542dGDH4

OMG I have never seen this before! :rofl:
But one of the recent comments says: "Oh, no, not again.... I'm the person who made this video and first posted it on YouTube. It's true - Stéphane saw it and asked a mutual friend to ask me to delete it., which I did immediately. I felt bad about it, because I never intended to cause Stéphane any embarrassment."

So he is embarrassed of it.....


Anyways, is Jenni competing next season?

sk8gr8h8
04-20-2010, 11:01 AM
http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/11878527_WBkw3#840630200_Luo9T

:swoon:

That one is my favorite! I also love this one, too. She looks like having so much fun:
http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/11878527_WBkw3#840634323_8cHjD

akikosuzukifan
04-20-2010, 12:08 PM
I hope they are not humiliated by it... if they skate at that club, I think it's wonderful that no matter how many national and international level titles they win, they still consider themselves a part of the club, just as the 3 year old beginners are! It looks like fun to me! :)

maija
04-20-2010, 12:16 PM
I hope they are not humiliated by it... if they skate at that club, I think it's wonderful that no matter how many national and international level titles they win, they still consider themselves a part of the club, just as the 3 year old beginners are! It looks like fun to me! :)

The system here in Finland is different than in many other countries. The club hires ice time (from town and other ice hall owners), hires the coaches and organize practice group and practices.

All the skaters belong to a certain practice group, f.ex. Laura Lepistö belongs to this K1 group (http://espoonjaataiturit.sporttisaitti.com/yksin/k1/) in our club. She practices there with other 10 skaters six days a week. There are two coaches on the ice (for these 11 skaters).