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Finnice

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Europeans team announced.
Ladies Peltonen, Saarinen, Ceder subs Sula, Stolt, Ounasvuori
Men Galay, s Virtanen
Ice dance Orihara/Pirinen, s Turkkila/Versluis
 

nimi

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The new jr champ Nella Pelkonen is the sole figure skater in the Finnish YOG team (52 athletes total):

YOG thread on GSD:
 

ldec

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Back in November, I had the chance to interview Kiira Korpi for my blog. As some of you may know, after the end of her skating career, she became active as an advocate for ethical sports education and fair and safe treatment of athletes and children. She has a strong media presence in Finland, which provides an outlet for her activism work, and has also been quite active on social media, bringing awareness on a variety of common problems in the sport including: unethical training methods, the exploitation of athletes, eating disorders, abuse in sports on all levels, etc. In the recent past, she was also interviewed about her work and views by a few notable publications such as ISU Development projects, Sport Express and TSL.

In the interview below, we discuss how and why she decided to pursue this path, what are some of the most common systemic problems plaguing sports (not only figure skating!), how they impair athletes and their progress, why questionable and abusive behaviors from authority go swept under the rug, and why is it important for everyone (athletes, coaches, experts, fans) to question this status quo.

Kiira has had a very long career in figure skating herself and possesses first-hand insight on the flaws of the system. She is deeply knowledgeable on how organized sports works and the roots of the problems, and shares some of the struggles she herself experienced during her career as an elite figure skater, and how she has grown as a person since then. She also brings insight into possible solutions on how to transform the training process so that the wellbeing of the athlete, both physical and mental, is prioritized.

Part 1: http://frozenintime.tk/interview-with-kiira-korpi-part-1/
Part 2: http://frozenintime.tk/interview-with-kiira-korpi-part-2/
Cross-posting here from another thread for everyone who has not seen it yet. An interview with Kiira Korpi in which she shares a lot of invaluable insight on the flaws of the sporting system (including Finland).
 

Elka

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All three Finnish Senior ice dance couples will be taking part in Egna Dance Trophy in February 7.-9.
 

nimi

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ICYMI: A couple of days ago, an abusive synchro coach (the head coach of Team Unique) was issued a 1-year competition ban by Fed's newly instituted disciplinary board.

Plenty of media coverage followed and several prominent politicians chimed in.

Today the club announced it has suspended her.

More info in the abusive training environments thread.
 

nimi

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Well, aside from Roman having back pain and Jenni having a bad short program day and neither qualifying for the FS, Team Finland did really well at Euros! Emmi and Linnea both posted new ISU PBs (181.79 and 166.16) and secured 2 spots for 2021. O/P made the FD and probably skated the best I've ever seen them, even though the scoring didn't reflect that. Congrats!

http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1920/ec2020/

Emmi not only got a career best Euros placement, but her score is half a point higher than Jenni's SB from Finlandia (181.20). This means Emmi is now the frontrunner for the sole Worlds spot. I just checked and Jenni is on the entry list for The Nordics, so she can try to improve her SB there.

 

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