(The old thread was already long, so better start a new one.)
Laura Lepistö's medal in the Worlds is a big thing here in Finland.
It is the first Worlds medal to a Finnish lady.
Finnish men have one: year 1933.
There were several medals in pairs in the early 1900 century.
And, of course, the ice dance medals of Susanna Rahkamo - Petri Kokko.
... but never before a Finnish lady medalling.
The Finnish Figure Skating Association arranged a coffee party to celebrate Laura and her medal last Tuesday. As you can see from these photos it was a very nice party.
- The lady with red hair in the photos is Tarja Halonen, President of Finland. She wanted to come there, too, to celebrate Laura and her medal.
- There were lots of media people.
(... and I was there, too, with two other people to represent our club, Laura's own club)
Our own photos
Finnish media has really noticed Laura and her medal.
F.ex. there are two big evening papers in Finland. One of them, Iltalehti, had a six page story on Monday. The other one, Iltasanomat, had three pages on Monday and four pages today.
- It is really seldom that any sportsman or sportswoman in this country gets so much page in those papers ... and figure skating is NOT a big sport in Finland or at least it has not been.