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    I miss all the Finnish ladies! Such SOPHISTICATION ... Even alisa drei and alisa mikonsaari ain't bad ... Sigh ... I was watching Cup of China and the first Chinese lady skated to don Juan .. Which immediately think of Laura lepisto ... That same girl skated to howls moving castle for the sp which I think Laura skated to also. One simply cant compare between them tho. When Laura and other Finnish ladies skated I completely fell in love ... Too bad figure skating is such a fleeting sport .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvster View Post
    Even alisa drei and alisa mikonsaari ain't bad ...
    No honorable mention for Elina Kettunen? I always had a soft spot for her.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sQdTSrS_i4
    Last edited by ioana; 11-06-2013 at 04:05 PM.

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    [QUOTE=ioana;4042169]
    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvster View Post
    Even alisa drei and alisa mikonsaari ain't bad .../QUOTE]

    No honorable mention for Elina Kettunen? I always had a soft spot for her.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sQdTSrS_i4
    yay! me loves kettunen ... especially her mr bean programme, and cheesy ABBA programme (all time classic)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvster View Post
    yay! me loves kettunen ... especially her mr bean programme, and cheesy ABBA programme (all time classic)

    Yes! The program that could single-handedly challenge Ashley Wagner's Gay Icon title

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    Quote Originally Posted by ioana View Post
    No honorable mention for Elina Kettunen? I always had a soft spot for her.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sQdTSrS_i4
    That's got to be one of the emptiest programs ever.

    But I agree, I kinda liked the Abba muzak program in a very cheesy way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvster View Post
    That same girl skated to howls moving castle for the sp which I think Laura skated to also.
    It was Vähämaa who did Howl's Moving Castle. I think she was one of the first to use that music in skating.
    Rockin' Finnish commentator: "And that was supposed to be a flip but it turned out to be a flop."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    That's got to be one of the emptiest programs ever.
    The goold ole' days of 2002. Or maybe not so good. I love the fact this used to pass for a ftwk sequence back in those those days. I think this was one of her best skates, so the empty program seems like a good strategy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sQdTSrS_i4#t=3m35s

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    Kettunen had blades like butter I remember being gobsmacked the first time I saw her and Poykio -- even Drei -- live for the first time in Malmo. The only other skater with blades that soft and glide that smooth was Curry, and by the time I saw him live, he had taken his skating in a different direction, program-wise.
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ioana View Post
    The goold ole' days of 2002. Or maybe not so good. I love the fact this used to pass for a ftwk sequence back in those those days. I think this was one of her best skates, so the empty program seems like a good strategy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sQdTSrS_i4#t=3m35s
    I know. When watching that I only realized that it actually IS the footwork sequence when it was over halfway done. Nowadays most of the transitions are harder than that required footwork.
    Rockin' Finnish commentator: "And that was supposed to be a flip but it turned out to be a flop."

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    So lovely to hear Susanna Pöykiö commentating the GP series on the YLE broadcasts. She completely disappeared for quite a while so it's good to hear from her. I've really enjoyed her commentary so far - very calm and knowledgeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    So lovely to hear Susanna Pöykiö commentating the GP series on the YLE broadcasts. She completely disappeared for quite a while so it's good to hear from her. I've really enjoyed her commentary so far - very calm and knowledgeable.
    Yes, I have started to hope that they will hire her as a permanent commentator. She is not talking all the time, takes her time to reflect the rpgrams, is not overpositive put very encouraging, and her Oulu dialect is just lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ioana View Post
    The goold ole' days of 2002. Or maybe not so good. I love the fact this used to pass for a ftwk sequence back in those those days.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sQdTSrS_i4#t=3m35s

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    Kettunen and her "FW"

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    For those who understand Finnish (or if you just enjoy watching Kiira ), I highly recommend watching today's Inhimillinen tekijä that featured Kiira and also Tero Pitkämäki (javelin thrower) and Sanni Leinonen (former alpine skier). They mainly talked about how to deal with injuries in high level sports. Kiira was wonderfully intelligent and very honest about her feelings in the interview, loved it.

    http://areena.yle.fi/tv/2060237
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    For those who understand Finnish (or if you just enjoy watching Kiira ), I highly recommend watching today's Inhimillinen tekijä that featured Kiira and also Tero Pitkämäki (javelin thrower) and Sanni Leinonen (former alpine skier). They talked mainly about how to deal with injuries in high level sports. Kiira was wonderfully intelligent and very honest about her feelings in the interview, loved it.
    I was hoping they'd notice the similarities between Kiira's and Tero's careers, as both of them messed up their only chance of winning a medal in front of a home crowd. Kiira had to pause her LP at Helsinki Europeans because of a bad fall finishing 5th and Tero couldn't handle the heavy rain at Helsinki Worlds finishing 4th.

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    ^ At least in the skating though, Finland still got the gold and bronze

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    Kiira Korpi article dated Nov. 29 in Finnish: http://www.aamulehti.fi/Urheilu/1194...si+vuonna.html

    Via Google Translate:
    Kiira Korpi thought in October that he will return to train with the United States in December. Now let's return seems to move next year.

    - Rehabilitation is well advanced in its entirety, but I do not want to rush. I talked to my coach Rafael Arutunian, and he agreed, says Korpi.

    Tappara skater returned in early November on the ice in September, the Achilles injury to [should be foot and not finger]
    (ETA: I didn't think it was necessary to bump up the earlier Korpi thread in case some might think she had a new injury.)
    Last edited by Sylvia; 12-02-2013 at 08:10 PM.
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    Kiira Korpi is in the YLE TV2 sports studio nearly all day today (between all the sports broadcasts) together with Sami Sykkö etc. It's really funny and interesting, highly recommend watching for any Finns.

    Here are some links to re-broadcasts (she's in the studio before, between and after the actual sports broadcasts).

    http://areena.yle.fi/tv/2076846
    http://areena.yle.fi/tv/2075269
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    Also, it's super interesting to have a technical specialist commentating the ladies' free from Fukuoka. She's pointing out such things from e.g. the step sequences that I would've never noticed them myself.
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    Apparently Jenni Vähämaa is coaching in Central Finland nowadays. As well as studying 'sports sciences' and practicing a large variety of more or less recreational sports herself.

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    Little info about Alisa Mikonsaari (in Finnish):
    http://www.lappeenrannanuutiset.fi/a...kilpakausi-ohi
    She is training again after injury, which caused 2-3 months pause in skating. She hopes to come back to competitions later this season, or next one

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