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    Laura Lepisto calls it a career.

    Don't know if this thread has been started by anyone but Laura has decided to retire. http://yle.fi/urheilu/lajit/muut/tai...a_3359459.html

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    I had hoped she would recover and compete again.

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    Not surprising but sad nonetheless
    She never got to skate to her potential
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    Don't know if this thread has been started by anyone but Laura has decided to retire. http://yle.fi/urheilu/lajit/muut/tai...a_3359459.html
    This has been informed in the Finnish Skating News -thread, but sure, deserves its own thread, too.

    Here is the video of a tv-program, where her retirement was announced today

    Laura can be seen/heard in sections:
    1:20 - 7:00 (interviewed at her parents' home, with her father)
    11:40 - 16:15 (interviewed at her training hall, with her coach Virpi Horttana, both of them getting little teary eyed...)
    19:45 - 23:20 (Laura on ice in the training hall, also interviewed)

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    Too bad but world bronze was a big accomplishment

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    Laura is and will always be one of my sentimental favorites
    her jump arsenals may not be that high but her artistry, skating skills and presentation she has impressed me the most.

    you will be missed beautiful Laura
    good luck to your new life

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    Very sad. She will be missed.
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    That's really a shame. I loved her skating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    She never got to skate to her potential
    Well, she came pretty close in the Olympics, with five triples (3T-3T, triple lutz, and two triple loops, just doubling the salchow) with a score of 126+. I'm sorry to see her go.
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    Truly a shame

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    I was too hoping she would come back somehow.
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    What was her injury?

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    There is sadness in my heart.

    All the very best for the future Laura! You were a beauty on the ice.

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    i never was a big fan of her to be honest, but looking back, 2007, 2008, how bright finnish ladies skating future seemed to be with poykio still on the line, korpi and especially laura and jenni vähamaa in coming.

    so sad to summarize now, what a disappointing ending for poykio, vähämaa history long ago, korpi never manages to totally rock a main competition with two great skates and now lepistö retiring.

    wish her the best for the future and remember her tears in the press confernce hence makes me still sad.

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    I'm sorry that injury forced the decision.
    A shame that she couldn't end her career on her own terms.
    The very best to Laura in the future.

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    What a shame for Laura and the fans. I'm glad she will always be a European Champion and World medalist, but as skatesindreams said, it's a shame she couldn't retire on her own terms.

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    This is incredibly sad news. I am devestated for the girl and for the sport, to lose an amazing talent in such a forced manner. Her time as a senior was actually quite brief, but so effective and her Olympic skate is one of my all time favourites. It is genuinely depressing to think she won't be at a competetive event again. One of the all time best Europeans.

    To be let down by your own body, especially when she seemed to everything right, developing the harder jumps as she matured, pushing her self in increments....


    to the talent, sad for her, her coach, her family and fans.

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