Finnish skating news, 2018 onwards

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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.
https://www.stll.fi/2019/05/24/yksinluistelun-maajoukkueet-nimetty/

Cecilia Törn announced on Instagram today that she has retired as a competitive skater. She seems to have been coaching and/or choreographing at various rinks in Finland this spring. As for Jussiville Partanen's plans, I don't know if he has found himself a new partner yet.
 

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Viveca Lindfors is a sportsman of the year in Helsinki
Viveca Lindfors, the European bronze medalist of women's figure skating, has been selected as Helsinki Athlete of the Year. The Helsinki Athlete of the Year will award a scholarship of EUR 10,000, which will be distributed annually on Helsinki Day. Lindfors receives its prize at the Helsinki Day concert in Kaisaniemi.

Congrats to Viveca! Yesterday she also received 2 Grand Prix assignments in the initial selection round for the first time: Cup of China & NHK Trophy.

Juulia Turkkila / Matthias Versluis were invited to Rostelecom Cup.
 
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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.
2019-20 National team (singles skaters) with individual profile pages: https://www.stll.fi/maajoukkue/maajoukkue-esittely/yksinluistelu/
Juulia Turkkila - Matthias Versluis are the only ice dance team.
Cecilia Törn announced on Instagram today that she has retired as a competitive skater.
Her May 24th IG post in Finnish & English: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx2CUNgHXx4/
 
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Recently there has been some good money news for Finnish figure skating:

Last month the NOC gave money for Olympic winter sports for the upcoming season. Figure skating (mainly the top female skaters plus T/V) got 110k to invest in coaching etc.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Education and Sports announced their annual tax-free stipends for selected Olympic winter sports athletes. There are 3 tiers: 20k, 10k and 6k. Viveca became the first figure skater since Kiira who was awarded the 20k stipend. Juulia and Matthias got 10k each, while Emmi and Jenni got 6k.

Also, the Synchro Worlds held in Helsinki last April (where the Finnish teams got silver and bronze) produced a surplus around 600 000 €. The Fed is happy!
 

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According to these Finnish news articles, YLE has lost their ISU figure skating TV rights to the NENT Group starting this fall through the spring of 2023?
 

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I posted back on Oct. 31, 2018:
2017 & 2018 Junior men's champion Benjam Papp, now 19, is listed on IPS for pairs: [link has since been removed]

He's now 6 feet tall?! He was listed at 175 cm in his ISU bio last season: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00102403.htm
I checked his ISU bio and Benjam, now 20, last competed internationally in February 2018 (6th in Junior at Sofia Trophy).

Yesterday, Benjam posted on his IG "Due to reasons out of my control I have to say Goodbye to the sport I have dedicated twelve years of my life to, Figure Skating": https://www.instagram.com/p/B1kzGhwB7jm/
Excerpt from the end:
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!
All the best to him in the next stage of his life! :)
 
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Oh, I remember Benjam Papp as a young skater at BC Summerskate. Best of luck to him, and I hope to eat his food someday, maybe sooner than later: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts has a restaurant!
 

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Jussi-Ville Partanen has a new partner, Arina Klinovitskaya. There are pictures of them on her Instagram, which you can find with the help of Google. I do not know how to link it. They have been training in Lyon during the summer. That info was on a Russian forum. She has been a single skater in Finland earlier and then trained to be a coach at Vierumaki, so she is not a recent import from Russia and probably has a Finnish passport. I presume her parents have been working in Finland for some time. New to ice dance, so Jussi-Ville has started again with a new single skater.
 

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Viveca Lindfors says the strain injury she has suffered since early this year isn't fully healed yet. She has been able to train somewhat during the summer; she had a new SP done by Shanetta Folle, and during her stay in St. Petersburg in July-August she worked on basic skating and on her programs with an ice dance coach.
"Rehabilitation is still in the process, and I haven't been able to train fully in the off-season, but in the near future I hope to."
"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!"
 

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"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!"
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:
women: Viveca Lindfors, Jenni Saarinen, Sofia Sula
men: Roman Galay, Valtter Virtanen
dance: Juulia Turkkila – Matthias Versluis, Yuka Orihara – Juho Pirinen
 

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Not really Finnish skating news,but the Ice Hockey team Jokerit has hired Viktor Kraatz (CAN) for the skating coach for their junior ice hockey players. Viktor's wife Maikki Uotila is from Finland.:cheer2:

And nobody knows what is going on with Emmi Peltonen.
 

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And nobody knows what is going on with Emmi Peltonen.
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?)


[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
Other CS and senior B assignments announced this far:

CS Lombardia (Sep 13th-15th): Jenni Saarinen, Roman Galay, T/V, O/P

CS Nepela (Sep 19th-21st): O/P

Int. Halloween Cup (Oct 17th-20th): Linnea Ceder, Laura Karhunen

CS Minsk (Oct 18th-20th): Vera Stolt, Oona Ounasvuori, T/V

Golden Bear (Oct 23rd-27th): Viveca Lindfors, Sofia Sula

Crystal Skate (Oct 24th-28th): Minttu Heikkinen

Tirnavia Ice Cup (Oct 31st - Nov 3rd): Vera Stolt

Volvo Open (Nov 6th-11th): Emmi Peltonen, O/P

Cup of Tyrol (Nov 8th-13th): Valtter Virtanen

Tallinn Trophy (Nov 10th-17th): Vera Stolt, Linnea Ceder, Sofia Sula, Laura Karhunen, O/P

 

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So much skating happened over the weekend... A quick recap:

Linnea became the first Finnish girl this JGP season to make the top10: 8th/145.66

In Lombardia, Jenni had a promising SP (6th, 57.66) and her FS started strong but then went downhill: she finished 9th with 161.64 points.

In a rather surprising turn of events, Roman delivered two solid skates, got his TES minimums for Worlds (yay!) and placed ahead of Lazukin and Kazuki Tomono to snatch some WS points: 6th/203.52 (NEW FINNISH RECORD btw - congrats!)

T/V withdrew from Lombardia (dunno why) but Orihara/Pirinen made their competitive debut there: 11th/147.48
 

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T/V withdrew from Lombardia (dunno why) but Orihara/Pirinen made their debut there: 11th/147.48
Apparently an injury happened at practice before the RD. :( Hope it's nothing serious.

I rarely get at all excited about the Finnish men but I have to admit I was really impressed by Galay! That 3a is suddenly looking very good and consistent. And he didn't fall apart like he usually does but kept going and skated really well, in both programs.

Orihara/Pirinen looked really nice for only having skated together for 4 months. :) She seems like quite the personality. :lol:

And a promising start for Saarinen, too. Maybe needs a bit more conditioning and more competitions so that she can stay focused for a 4-minute program. She's been through so much that at this point I just hope that, most of all, she can keep her love for skating. :kickass:
 

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A former national competitor has told Yle about her #metoo experiences with a male coach:
Very short version of the story: "Kati" (not her actual name) was a minor when the (alleged) grooming & inappropriate behavior was going on. She's now an adult. Later on, another former skater contacted her and told about similar experiences with the same coach. This second skater contacted the Fed about it, but because she wasn't prepared to give up her anonymity, the Fed basically said there's nothing they can do. The two women also contacted SUEK aka FINCIS (Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports), who had the same response and did nothing. The coach, whose name or location isn't disclosed in the article and who says he never harassed his students, is still coaching.

Fed's response:

Kiira (who knows the coach) was quoted in the article saying it's a systemic issue and this case could be the tip of the iceberg. She also retweeted the Yle article with the caption "Wake-Up Call!!!" and tagged the Fed's official twitter account.
 
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