2019-20 National team (singles skaters) with individual profile pages: https://www.stll.fi/maajoukkue/maajoukkue-esittely/yksinluistelu/Finnish Figure Skating Association announced the singles skating national team for the 2019-20 season today. No major surprises there, but I'm glad to see Roman Galay and Jenni Saarinen back in the national team (they had not been selected for the 2018-19 season).
Milania Väänänen is no longer in the list, so I guess she has turned into pairs for good.
Selma Välitalo seems to be injured, and she might be considered to be added to the national team after a test skate of some sort for her in October.
Her May 24th IG post in Finnish & English: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx2CUNgHXx4/Cecilia Törn announced on Instagram today that she has retired as a competitive skater.
I checked his ISU bio and Benjam, now 20, last competed internationally in February 2018 (6th in Junior at Sofia Trophy).
All the best to him in the next stage of his life!There is one more person who deserves an extra special thank you and that's my brother, Béla. As many of you know has been my role model and my inspiration for skating, He has been the person who I've always been able to confide in and also look up to, not just in skating but also in life. He's the greatest role model I could have ever asked for, he's one of the reasons why I know I can succeed in life after skating. Don't get me wrong though I'm still mad at him for never letting me compete against him. Skating has taught me an incredible amount of things about myself that I would not have learnt otherwise. But for now I have to say a bitter goodbye. Ending on a positive note I will be starting my culinary journey at The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts!
Stress fracture in the back sounds very scary; good thing that they seem to have detected it at an early stage! I sure hope Viveca doesn't push herself too much too soon... She is included in the Finlandia Trophy line-up, announced a couple of days ago:"At the moment my focus is on recovering fully and on getting back to my own level. Only then we'll think about details. I would really love to skate at Finlandia Trophy if they let me!"
I checked Emmi's IG and she posted some practice footage few days ago, but yeah, IDK. It looks like her competitive season is supposed to start in November (Volvo Open Cup). She announced her new FS (Vinegar & Salt by Hooverphonic, choreo Mark Pillay) in June and the national monitoring camp was held in early August, maybe they just thought she needs more time? (It looks like she was off ice for 6 weeks in spring, so maybe she's been dealing with injury or something?)And nobody knows what is going on with Emmi Peltonen.
Other CS and senior B assignments announced this far:[Viveca] is included in the Finlandia Trophy line-up, announced a couple of days ago:
women: Viveca Lindfors, Jenni Saarinen, Sofia Sula
men: Roman Galay, Valtter Virtanen
dance: Juulia Turkkila – Matthias Versluis, Yuka Orihara – Juho Pirinen
Apparently an injury happened at practice before the RD. Hope it's nothing serious.T/V withdrew from Lombardia (dunno why) but Orihara/Pirinen made their debut there: 11th/147.48