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Kiira Korpi’s diary from Astavita/キーラ・コルピの夏日記

Kiira Korpi (photo by Astavita)Net diaries
(translated by Ville)

12.7.2006 – It’s so lovely when it’s summer! Summer has always been my favourite season because I like sun and warm weather. On my freetime – that I don’t have many days – I live a life of a normal young woman. I hang out with my friends and lay on the beach. Now after the training camp at Kuortane Sports Academy I have a couple of days “free” and then I’m heading to a training camp in Tartto.

As much a summer person I am, the busiest training phase for figure skaters is the summer because there are no competitions then. The training phase in summer is used to build up the base condition and strength for the “explosive” jumps. During this summer I will go through six weeks of training in camps: two on the Kuortane Sports Academy, two at Tartto in Estonia and two in Spain. On the camps there is 4-5 hours on ice training every day. The additional training consists of weight lifting, dance and speed and endurance training. So there’s a lot more training in the summer than during the winter, when I practice 2-3 hours every day.

The first competion for me in the fall is probablythe international Finlandia Trophy -competition(Oct. 6-8, 2006) held in Tikkurila here in Finland.

Today I gave myself a permission to eat some vanilla ice cream and strawberries. Of course I miss being able to eat all the treats, but it’s part of this business. Every now and then I also long for something less healthy like fast food. I know that eating delicacies is not an everyday thing and occasional treats are also good for your mind. Otherwise I eat typical food for athletes: versatile and healthy home food, lots of vegetables and fruits. I don’t keep any specific nutriment diary. I prefer eating often rather than larger portions more seldom. The most important thing is to not gain any excess weight.

As an athlete I’m trying to get all the neccessary vitamins and minerals from the food I eat. I do use vitamin-C and iron as a supplement to my normal diet. I have been using Astavita for some months now. It keeps me going, does good for my muscle fitness and helps me to recover after hard training. I think Astavita works very well for athletes as a nutritional supplement and it also boost the vitamin-c’s effect as an antioxidant. At the same time it keeps the skin healthy. The benefits of using Astavita are many, and you will find them out after you choose Astavita for your everyday support, like I have done!

Now I have time to spend the afternoon at the beach, but after that I have to start packing for the training camp.

Energetic summer wishing your Kiira!

Ps. In fall you will hear how the summer training went.
Continue reading Kiira Korpi’s diary from Astavita/キーラ・コルピの夏日記

Kiira Korpi seen on Astavita/キーラ・コルピがイメージキャラクターに


Ville reports:
“Kiira is promotingAstavita, a kind of nutritional additive. There’s also a diary section with one entry from summer, but chapter where she tells how good the product is sounds like it has been written by a copywriter in the advertising company. As usual, I’ll make a translation of it later.”

Thanks, Ville. So, what’sastaxanthin?

※キーラちゃん、今度はアスタビータという栄養補助食品のイメージキャラクター?を務めている模様。
アスタビータ…日本だとこれでしょうか。つか、アスタキサンチンって、ナニ?

Just a month before her 18th birthday!/18歳の誕生日まであと1ヶ月

キーラちゃんの記念すべき18歳の誕生日9/26日まで、あと1ヶ月となりました。
フィンランドでは18歳からお酒が飲める?らしいので、いよいよ大人への第一歩ですなぁ。

プレゼントを贈る人wはそろそろご準備を。
送り先はこちら。

It’s just a month before her memorable 18th birthday, 26th September!
Are you ready to celebrate it? What’s your plan?
To send her a postal mail or a percel, address ishere.

Phantom the novel/小説「ファントム」

「クッソー、おもしろかったのに!」

残念ながら、さっき読み終わってしまった…。通勤途中のかけがえのない楽しみを奪われたこの悲しみ。しかも、よりによって、出先で小腹が減って入ったラーメン屋さんでこの感動作が大団円を迎えてしまうなんて! 勢い余ってつけ麺の替え玉を頼んでしまったではないか…。ダイエット中だというのに。許しておくれ、クリスティーヌ。許しておくれ…。

さて、「オペラ座の怪人」関連作を調べていて気になった小説「ファントム」を読了。ガストン・ルルーの原作をベースに、スーザン・ケイという作家が新たな物語を加え、原作では語られていない、謎に包まれたファントムの生涯を見事に描いています。原作はこれから読むんですが、アマゾンのレビュー見ると、原作よりこっちのほうがおもしろいという意見も…。

というわけで、私は引き続き原作への旅に出ます。

While searching “The Phantom of the Opera” stuff (yes, it's Kiira's new program), I found an interesting novel“Phantom”by Susan Kay. It expands Gaston Leroux's original story and draws Phantom's life from the birth. I've just finished reading it and…loved it.
Even if you are not “phan” but Kiira's fan, Just check it out!

Kiira Korpi is the Most Positive Person of The Year in Tampere(2)

Here is further infomation from thepress releasetranslated by Ville.

Kiira Korpi came to the knowledge of the wider audiences during the Torino Olympics. “The criteria set for The Most Positive Person in Tamepere all combine in a positive way in Kiira Korpi.” the jury points out. “She has showed persistence in her training and career. Special determination and ambition the young skater has showed in school, despite all the practice and travelling for competitions her grades have been excellent. Cheerful Kiira is a good role model and she inspires other young people to excercise. She also brings forward in positive way the fact that she’s from Tampere.” the jury continues.

Through this award we want to emphasize Kiira Korpi’s promising career in figure skating and her positive attitude towards life. “Kiira Korpi is a real fighter. She isn’t discouraged by small setbacks but takes her performance to the end with an honour!”, described one person who proposed Kiira for the award. “Kiira’s gorgeus performances on the ice have built a growing group of admirers which extends also beyond the Finnish borders.” justified another person of his choise.

Kiira who was just leaving to a training camp abroad was happily surprised when she heard of the choice. She said thank you to the people in Tampere and wished a sunny summer for all.

フィンランドらしいフォントとは?

フォントについて調べているうちに、面白い記事を見つけた。
一歩上いく英文履歴書の書き方、使い方(4)の後半部。

■フォントには歴史と文化がくっついている
 しかし、読みやすさや美しさだけでフォントを選択するのは危険です。それは欧文フォントの多くが特定の文化や歴史を連想させるからです。つまりフォント選びにはそれぞれのフォントが持つ「connotation」(言外の意味)を考える必要があります。

 例えば、Garamondはフランス、Universはオランダ、Bodoniはイタリアで生まれた活字が基になっています。欧米のタイポグラファー(活字のプロ)はこれらのフォントを、その基となった活字が生まれた歴史や文化に合わせて、「フランス料理のメニューにBodoniは使わない」「オランダ風にしたいものにはUniversを使う」といった使い方をします。このため、一般の欧米人の間には、「このフォントは英国を表す」「これはフランス風のフォント」のような、漠然とした共通認識が存在します。
(後略)※原文のUniverseはUniversの誤りだと思われる。

ほぉ、なるほど。じゃあ、フィンランドらしい(北欧らしい?)のフォントとは?
この辺が参考になりそうだ。
Finland : MyFonts
Suomi Type Foundry
The Finnish font scene
書体の基礎知識欧字書体編
もう少し調べてみよう。

Kiira Korpi is the Most Positive Person of The Year in Tampere

Ville found an award for Kiira.

Kiira Korpi is the Most Positive Person of The Year in Tampere

Tammerkoski and Tampere Junior Chambers of Commerce held for a third time an open contest where they searched for the Most Positive Person in Tampere.
The Most Positive Person in Tampere can be held as a good example to other people and he/she has showed willpower,sisuand perseverance. The Most Positive Person in Tampere has remarkable achievements and he/she is also helping other people to succeed. The Most Positive Person in Tampere walks his/hers own path and goes from words to deeds.

The Most Positive Person of The Year in Tampere is figure skaterKiira Korpi.

※タンペレの青年会議所が「タンペレで今年最もポジティブな人」コンテストを行ない、フィギュアスケート選手のキーラ・コルピさんが選ばれました。(2006-08-02)
Photo:AFP BB News

Who skated to the Phantom of the Opera?/オペラ座で滑った選手たち

As someone mentioned on a forum that
“I remember Marina Kielmann skated to the Phantom of the Opera”,
I tried to search single skaters who skated to the Phantom of the Opera:
(except Ice Dance, Pairs and “The Phantom of the Opera on Ice” by Roberto Danova)

The Phantom of the Opera (Andrew L. Webber)
94 Ladies FS Krisztina Czako HUN
94 Ladies FS Marina Kielmann GER

Phantom Of The Opera From The Musical
Natalia Lebedeva (Russia) 1990 World Championships Short
Kathleen Kelly Cutrone (USA) 1996 US Nationals Short

Music Of The Night from The Musical Phantom Of The Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
Brian Boitano (USA) 1996, 1997 World Professional Championships Long

Organ music (Phantom of the Opera)
Maria Butyrskaya (Russia) 1994 Goodwill Games

Some useful sites to search skating music:
Skate Music List
Skating Music Page
SkateWeb: The Figure Skating Page

# 「オペラ座の怪人」で滑った選手たちを調べてみた。けっこう少ない?多い?
ここには載せていないけど、アイスダンスやペアを含めるともっと多い。
選曲やミックスもいろいろ知りたいので、ダンスやペアも調査中デス。