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The most positive driving student of the year

Pirkanmaan Sanomat, a free weekly newspaper in the Tampere region has published a little story of Kiira in driving school. The instructor calls her as “the most positive student of the year”.
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Kiira Korpi is currently undergoing a driving school and she should get her drivers license in a couple of week. Kiira assures that she’s going to keep her positive attitude also on the road.

Pirkanmaan Sanomat is riding along on Kiira’s driving lesson and the extra person on the backseat will surely cause some extra pressure. But there’s nothing that would give it away. The driving instructor Markku “Topi” Koivistoinen is going to make Kiira to do a practise driving test.

– It was quite exciting at first. I started with an empty slate, I didn’t have for example a motorcycle license like some people do. At the beginning driving in the traffic was really terrifying, Kiira remembers.

– Training on the slippery track was fun. They let us try handbrake turns and you learn how the car behaves when there’s no grip.

And so we start. First we head to Hervanta and Kiira has to navigate there by herself. The route is familiar, Kiira has trained a lot in the Hervanta rink although Hakametsa is her homerink.

Next up is the nightmare of every new driver, namely the reversing exercises. The first one goes perfectly straight away, but the second one needs a another try. Kiira also manages her first pocket parking with style.

The trip continues through Hallila and Nekala and back to the centrum. There’s some little mistakes, but Topi Koivistoinen says that had it been a real driving test Kiira would have passed.

Kiira smiles. She’s going to keep her positive attitude also on the road. The correct attitude for traffic has been learned already from home.

– It’s really challenging when you have something totally new on your hands.

Busy and competitive spring

The Sampo sports-highschool third grader has action filled weekdays. There’s not much freetime. Kiira spends couple of hours on ice every day and on top of that comes all the additional and off ice training. Lately all the sponsor duties and publicity has been keeping her busy.

– Luckily the school can adapt and make compromises. I have decided to use four years to complete my highschool. [translators note: three years is the default]

The season is just about to begin. Last weekend Kiira skated in Hameenlinna and next weekend there’s an international Finlandia Trophy competition in Helsinki. After that the smiling figurehead of Finnish figure skating is going to GP-competition in United States and a month later to another GP-competition in Moscow.

The Finnish Championships are held in december. The main goals of the season are in the spring. The European Championships are held in Warsaw in january and the World Championships are in March in Tokyo.

But before that Kiira has to complete her driving school. Who will be the happiest when you get your drivers licence? Kiira laughs.

– Me, but I think my mother and father will also be happy when they no longer have to drive me everywhere.

[photo caption] The most positive Finn is going to keep her attitude also on the road. Markku Koivistoinen works as a driving instructor.

[photo caption] Although compulsary figures are no longer part of figure skating, they will always stay in the traffic. Kiira Korpi is just about to complete her driving school.
(English translation by Ville)

Pirkanmaan Sanomat

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