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    Nurmenkari ends his competitive career

    Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari, 8 times Finnish champion, has decided to end his competitive career. He says that he still had motivation and health to skate, but the lack of funding forced him to quit.
    He thinks that the highlights of his career were the 14th place in Europeans (Helsinki, 2009), the possibility of represent Finland in Vancouver Olympics 2010 (where he ended up being 30th) and being the first Finnish man in the JGP final (2002, where he placed 7th).
    He will not quit the figure skating world but is planning a career as a coach, which he has already started. He says that it is very different being a coach than a skater, and that he has learnt a lot from all his at least ten different coaches.
    Thank you, A-P, the king of Finnish figure skating for about ten years. Now it it time for the princes like Bela Papp, Julian Lagus and Matthias Versluis.

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    Best of luck to him. I saw him skate the first time in 2003 Worlds. He was a nice skater.

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    Awwww...

    He has a wife and a kid now so if he can't get funding, it makes sense for him to move into coaching and start earning some money.

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    And he finally managed to make it to the final 24 in Torino 2010 (as well as making it to the Olympics in Vancouver). He's had a fulfilling career.

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    Reprising and Concluding the Ballad of Igor and Yuna

    Igor

    I'd be preachin' to the choirs,
    Conferrin' with the Moirs
    Knowin' what to think
    And my team I’d be staffin'
    And programs choreographin'
    If I only had a rink

    I’d unravel any puzzle
    For any pair or cuzzle
    In trouble or in pain

    Tanith

    Everyone would be droolin'
    Comparing you to Zhulin
    If you only had a rink

    Igor

    Oh, I would tell you why
    Marina's such a bore
    I could coach some teams I never coached before
    And then I'd skate and coach some more

    I would not be just a nuffin'
    Feelin' like a week-old muffin
    Not knowin' what to think
    I would dance and so would Meryl
    Life would be a ding-a-derryl
    If I only had a rink!

    Yuna

    When a girl's in fine fettle, she should win the gold medal,
    And yet myself I reproach.
    Of course I'm presumin' that I could be Wonder Woman,
    If I only had coach.
    I'd be graceful - I'd be gentle and strong on fundamentals
    New heights I'd approach.
    I wouldn't be so needy .... I'd even be friends with Speedy
    If I only had a coach.

    Picture me in Sochi, anointed as the star.

    Tanith

    All hail Queen Yuna!

    Yuna

    I hear a beat....How sweet.
    Just to register emotion, jealousy - devotion,
    And really feel the part.
    I could stay young and chipper and I'd really skate a ripper,
    If I only had a coach.

    Ari-Pekka

    Yeh, it's sad, believe me, honey, when you haven’t got the money,
    Not even one euro.
    But I’d be hale and jolly, and land a triple wally
    If I only had the dough.
    I'm afraid there's no denyin' I'll be stuck in Qualifyin’,.
    If I don’t get up and go.
    I'd be wealthy as a yuppie....

    Yuna

    I'd be frisky as a puppy....

    Igor

    I'd be clever as a guppy....

    Tanith

    If the Wizard is the Wizard we all know.

    Igor

    Then I'm sure to get a rink,

    Yuna

    a coach,

    Tanith

    a home,

    Ari-Pekka

    the dough.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
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    Wheeeee, what a random find in this thread!

    Good luck to AP in whatever (coaching, family...) he's going to be up to from now on.
    Rockin' Finnish commentator: "And that was supposed to be a flip but it turned out to be a flop."

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    No matter how overdue it is, it's always sad to see a skater go.

    Good luck to Ari-Pekka in his new endeavors.

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    He wants to try coaching.

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