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WC in Milan: Osmond carries the day

Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond is the gold medallist at World Championship in Italy (Assago Forum): two japanese athletes forerun with few points the local favorite, italian Carolina Kostner.

Pl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Kaetlyn OSMOND CAN 223.23 4 1
2 Wakaba HIGUCHI JPN 210.90 8 2
3 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN 210.08 3 3
4 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 208.88 1 5
5 Alina ZAGITOVA RUS 207.72 2 7
6 Bradie TENNELL USA 199.89 7 4
7 Gabrielle DALEMAN CAN 196.72 6 8
8 Maria SOTSKOVA RUS 196.61 5 9
9 Loena HENDRICKX BEL 192.31 10 6
10 Mirai NAGASU USA 187.52 9 11

World Championships: Kostner leads after SP

After the Short Program at World Championships in Milan (Italy), italian Carolina Kostner is leading despite of her age (31 y.o.). Here below, the whole table:

Pl. Name Nation Points
1 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 80.27
2 Alina ZAGITOVA RUS 79.51
3 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN 74.36
4 Kaetlyn OSMOND CAN 72.73
5 Maria SOTSKOVA RUS 71.80
6 Gabrielle DALEMAN CAN 71.61
7 Bradie TENNELL USA 68.76
8 Wakaba HIGUCHI JPN 65.89
9 Mirai NAGASU USA 65.21
10 Loena HENDRICKX BEL 64.07

Villars & Courmayeur

Some clips from the year’s end shows in Switzerland and Italy, performed on the same music (and dress): “The promise”.

Christmas on Ice 2017

A clip from the show held last weekend in Yokohama (Japan), with Kiira’s exhibition.

November memories

Do you remember? On November 28th in Paris, Kiira reached maybe the top level of her career.
European medals, of course, National titles, and many other achievements… but, in my opinion, this was maybe the real flagship of a whole life spent on ice. Don’t you agree?
Bring back to mind together those emotions on this clip…

Hyvää Syntymäpäivää!!

So many wishes for a special day!!!

 


Happy  Birthday!!!

All the best for an incoming year
you’ll keep in mind for so long…

“Queen of ice”

Queen of ice“, a documentary telling the story of the famous Norwegian skater and actress Sonja Henie, will be filmed at Dunarea skating rink in Galati, a city in Eastern Romania, between September 4 and September 13, directed by Anne Sewitskyn. The main character will be Ine Marie Wilmann, who will act the part of Sonja Henie; Kiira is going to take her place for skating scenes, and Anna Pushkova and Susanne Lidholm Torgersen will be coaching Ine for the movie.

https://www.aamulehti.fi/viihde/kiira-korpi-valmistautuu-elokuvarooliin-tuntuu-etta-minun-on-pitanyt-heittaa-romukoppaan-kaikki-mita-olen-oppinut-200342891/
https://www.aamulehti.fi/viihde/kiira-korpi-yritti-puhua-suomalaisjoukkueen-mukaan-elokuvaan-norjalaiset-paattivat-toisin-200347394/

Kiira will feature choreos & moves strictly in the Henie era style; some bits are copied straight from Henie’s old programs; she’s been practicing for this since early May. The process has challenged her preconceptions about Henie era skaters’ skill level: previously, she’d watch some Youtube videos and thought it’d be a piece of cake for her but actually getting up on the toe picks, doing the Henie era twirls & turns etc. turned out to be not that easy.
The equipment is different, too (the skates are “like wilted tulips”): Henie’s boots reached high up in the shin and didn’t support the ankle the same way modern ankle-length sturdy boots do. Kiira had custom boots made in USA that weren’t “socks” like Henie era boots, but more like a compromise between the old and new.
Kiira was chosen for the project because she has previous experience in front of the camera and she kinda looks like Ine Wilmann (Kiira is only 2 cm shorter and 3 years younger).

There will be other skaters in the movie besides Korpi: 6 male skaters, a “choir” of 10 female skaters, and Team Surprise (six-time World champions in synchro skating). They’ll be practicing in Gothenburg, Sweden next week before the shooting starts in Romania. Kiira will also be doing pairs stunts in the movie; she sais she’s been practicing lifts. Matti Landgraf will be Kiira’s partner for pairs stunts in the movie. The choreographer is Catarina Lindgren; it was her and husband Tom Dickson who originally contacted Kiira about the movie role.
There will be five weeks of shooting in Romania; premiere of the film should be in December 2018.

Kiira’s biography

It’s being born a new Kiira’s digital biography, the whole history for her career: the beginnings, seasons, competitions, results, training staffs and many many other… all integrated with images, clips, interviews, starting from 2000 until her retirement to dedicate to shows. If someone of you, guys, could send any kind of material like above, if not already included, this gonna become part of these (virtual) pages, obviously specifying any single source (i.e.: “courtesy of Tom Smith“). It’s a huge effort (especially in terms of filesize), already cost me so much time, and it would be a nice way to finalize this opera all of us together: an ultimate copy will be sent to anyone will request, of course for absolutely free.
C’mon guys, let’s contribute to success!

Our plea to Kiira

Within the old official website, Kiira was writing some personal thoughts monthly: impressions, feelings about her mood, physical shape, future programs… though we’re talking about few lines only, that was a simply and nice way to keep in touch with fans all over the world.

So… why don’t try to restore these good and old habits?

Time shouldn’t be hard master anymore, now… well, we’d wanna call upon Kiira with this plea, we could create her an appropriate own account, so she could write here every now and then, everything she wants, whenever she wants, like did in the past. Something with real time effect, like shows she was (or she’ll be) part of, travels, unexpected events, future plans… less cold and impersonal than the official website (automatically and poorly updated with some pic, and that’s all…), while we always poured out all of considerations, thoughts, ideas, opinions here, throughout the years, with no other aim but our passion for the skater… and the person.

Would be nice.

Update: So, at the moment, no response at all.
Even a negative feedback would be appreciate.
Oh, and meanwhile…

Many wishes, and all of luck for your future life, Kiira & Arthur!

Worlds: the queen is Medvedeva

 

  Pl. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN
1 Evgenia MEDVEDEVA RUS 154.40 78.27 76.13 9.43 9.25 9.68 9.54 9.68
2 Kaetlyn OSMOND CAN 142.15 70.21 71.94 8.93 8.68 9.14 9.00 9.21
3 Gabrielle DALEMAN CAN 141.33 71.73 69.60 8.71 8.32 9.00 8.68 8.79
4 Mai MIHARA JPN 138.29 74.40 63.89 8.18 7.46 8.29 8.00 8.00
5 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 130.50 59.47 71.03 8.82 8.68 8.71 9.00 9.18

After a few bigger mistakes and many minor flaws in the ladies’ free skate, the last three ladies offered extraordinary programs. It started with the reigning champion Evgenia Medvedeva. “Miss Perfection” has shone once again: her routine to the soundtrack of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” touched even the hearts of those who’ve never been particular fans. It was uplifting to witness this program live and see how Evgenia herself got taken by the emotions of this story. She once again broke her own world record, for the free skating and also for the total score. The crowd was still screaming and clapping for Medvedeva, when Gabrielle Daleman took the ice, but the Canadian, full of energy, didn’t let it affect her in any way. She delivered a fierce program and she earned a bronze medal. “It was very easy skating after such a brilliant skater, because she is the best in the world and a brilliant skater, and I know I’m a brilliant skater, too,” Gabriella said still in euphoria.
The silver went to her compatriot Kaetlyn Osmond, who skated last, but dealt with the pressure incredibly well. Or, to be more precise, it may not have been a pressure for her at all. “I could never have been able to imagine closing the world championships competition for the ladies. I love skating last, it’s my most favorite position, and I’m so glad that I was able to deal with it,” Osmond commented on her performance.
“I have a goal and I keep it to myself,” Anna Pogorilaya said after the ladies’ short program. Fourth in the short, she had a great shot at the podium. However, all her dreams were washed away by a total meltdown in the free skate. It started with a popped Lutz, continued with a fall on the flip, there was a flawed landing on the triple Lutz – triple toe combination, and a nasty fall on the second triple loop. After this jump it seemed Anna was totally exhausted and would never get up from the ice. In the end she finished her program, but she was sobbing heartrendingly. It seemed she was also in physical pain, although she tried to smile a little in the kiss and cry. Fans expressed their sympathy with applause – you never want a skater to finish a season like this. This will hurt for a long time.