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    : it's a great pity

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    I'll add to the :. I was actually just thinking the other day how I missed having her in the mix. She's been one of my favorite skaters to watch for the past few years, no matter which jumps she was landing. The fact that she was always tiffed from head to toe didn't hurt. Her "Imagined Oceans" SP is one of my favorite programs from anyone post-2006. Off to watch vid now.

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    So sad.

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    Im very sad.. watching Laura was always a joy!

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    Oh, what a shame.

    Lovely, lovely skater but I am not surprised. Her FS in Vancouver was sublime.

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    I'm sorry, too, but at least she has the satisfaction of knowing she set records for Finland in Ladies' Singles: first Finn to win Europeans (and only Finn to win bronze, silver, and gold), first Finn to medal at Worlds, and highest finish by a Finn at the Olympics.
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    She was incredibly talented... How sad yet another great talent of the sport has been forced out by injuries before reaching her peak

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    This makes me angry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    I'm sorry, too, but at least she has the satisfaction of knowing she set records for Finland in Ladies' Singles: first Finn to win Europeans (and only Finn to win bronze, silver, and gold), first Finn to medal at Worlds, and highest finish by a Finn at the Olympics.
    that is nice to know, hopefully she can look back and be very proud of her accomplishments
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    I'm devastated She is currently my favorite skater and I was so hoping to see her soon.. She will be missed

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    So sad

    she was such a light, airy, and beautiful skater. Clean lines, clean jumps, spins and engaging presentation.

    But she can be v. proud about the european title, world bronze medal and wonderful performances at Olympics.

    I will miss her. Hope that Juulia Turkilla or some other Finnish lady can rise to the challenge and carry on what's now a tradition in Finnish figure skating.

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    That really is bad news

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    sad for the news, but expected

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    But at least I'll always have her Olympic free skate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    I'm sorry, too, but at least she has the satisfaction of knowing she set records for Finland in Ladies' Singles: first Finn to win Europeans (and only Finn to win bronze, silver, and gold), first Finn to medal at Worlds, and highest finish by a Finn at the Olympics.
    Yes, really great achievements! Hard to break!

    It has been really great to follow her career and enjoy her skating!

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    It's always sad to see another skater retiring because of the injuries, and esp. so if they come from a smaller nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shine View Post
    She was incredibly talented... How sad yet another great talent of the sport has been forced out by injuries before reaching her peak
    I agree. I felt with Laura, the best was definitely yet to come. In some ways she reminds me a bit of Arakawa - same good basics, good skills and that (potentially) slightly more sophisticated and refined style that takes time to develop (as it should) I'll hazard a guess that Laura was going to be one of those ladies that got better as she got older and into her 20's.

    I sensed she was more of a slow burner than some of the wonderbabies ladies skating so often produces. Her delivery was quieter and and her strengths more sutble in comparison to many, but I felt she added to her arsenal every year, be it artistically or technically. She was "growing" and becoming more confident in her own skating skin as it were. I guess now we'll never know how far she could have gone (in skating terms) but her achievements were still very impressive!

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    Feeling very sad about Laura ending her eligible skating career, but apparently that was the only solution under the circumstances.

    Anyway, Laura has every reason to feel very proud about her career, a bronze medal at Worlds ( plus gold, silver and bronze at Europeans) is the greatest achievement that any of the Finnish ladies has achieved. And it does not look like that those records will be broken, at least not in near future.

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    She will always be remebered for her beautiful free skate in Vancouver.
    That was a truly sublime performance, and one of the Olympic moments for me.

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    Sorry to hear this news. Wishing Laura the best.

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