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[en]Finnish National Championships aftermath[/en][fi]Finnish National Championships aftermath[/fi][ja]フィンランド国内選手権大会の余波[/ja]

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YLE News article about the ladies free skate is available here (in Finnish): http://www.yle.fi/urheilu/muut/id59726.html

Kiira’s short comment:

Most disappointed of the top skaters was naturally Kiira Korpi, who still at the beginning of the season was able to beat Susanna Pöykiö in Finlandia Trophy.

– I really don’t know what’s the problem, the jumps just don’t work. If there’s anything to be happy about, it’s the Laura’s medal. That was a great thing.

About the athlete selection for Euros:

The athlete selection for the European championships in februaryJanuary will be interesting now that the nationals are over. Finland has three spots for ladies in Warsaw.

According to the figure skating associations selection criterias three skaters with best scores from the ongoing season will get the spots for Euros.

If and when this rule is followed, Susanna Pöykiö (161.58), Kiira Korpi (146.94) and Laura Lepistö (142,71) will travel to Warsaw. Alisa Drei (142.57) would miss the selection by 0.14 points.

But the case is not that simple. The association requires that skaters selected for Euros must have competed in atleast one international senior competition during the ongoing season, and Lepistö who still competes in juniors does not meet this requirement.

The figure skating association will meet on monday and release the names of the athletes selected for Euros on tuesday.

It’s funny how the reporters keep referring Laura Lepistö as a “junior aged skater”, although she is five months older than Kiira…

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YLE News article about the ladies free skate is available here (in Finnish): http://www.yle.fi/urheilu/muut/id59726.html

Kiira’s short comment:

Most disappointed of the top skaters was naturally Kiira Korpi, who still at the beginning of the season was able to beat Susanna Pöykiö in Finlandia Trophy.

– I really don’t know what’s the problem, the jumps just don’t work. If there’s anything to be happy about, it’s the Laura’s medal. That was a great thing.

About the athlete selection for Euros:

The athlete selection for the European championships in februaryJanuary will be interesting now that the nationals are over. Finland has three spots for ladies in Warsaw.

According to the figure skating associations selection criterias three skaters with best scores from the ongoing season will get the spots for Euros.

If and when this rule is followed, Susanna Pöykiö (161.58), Kiira Korpi (146.94) and Laura Lepistö (142,71) will travel to Warsaw. Alisa Drei (142.57) would miss the selection by 0.14 points.

But the case is not that simple. The association requires that skaters selected for Euros must have competed in atleast one international senior competition during the ongoing season, and Lepistö who still competes in juniors does not meet this requirement.

The figure skating association will meet on monday and release the names of the athletes selected for Euros on tuesday.

It’s funny how the reporters keep referring Laura Lepistö as a “junior aged skater”, although she is five months older than Kiira…

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女子フリースケーティングに関するYLEのニュース記事はこちら(フィンランド語):http://www.yle.fi/urheilu/muut/id59726.html

キーラのコメント:

上位選手で最も残念だったのは、当然のことながら、シーズン始めのフィンランディア・トロフィでスザンナ・ポイキオを下したキーラ・コルピだ。

「何が問題なのか本当にわからないのですが、ジャンプがうまくいかなくて。うれしいことといえば、ローラ(・レピスト)のメダル獲得です。とてもすばらしかったわ」。

欧州選手権の選考について:

国内選手権が終わった今、2月1月のヨーロッパ選手権への選考がおもしろくなってきた。フィンランドはワルシャワに3人を送り込む。

フィギュアスケート協会の選考基準によれば、今シーズンのベストスコア上位3人が欧州選手権へ進む。

この規則に従えば、スザンナ・ポイキオ(161.58)とキーラ・コルピ(146.94)、ローラ・レピスト(142,71)がワルシャワへ飛ぶことになる。 アリサ・ドレイ(142.57)は0.14ポイントの差で選考から外れる。

しかし今回はそんなに単純ではない。協会は、欧州選手権に出場するには、少なくとも1度は国際大会へシニアとして出場していることを必須としていて、今もジュニアで大会に参加しているレピストはこの要件を満たしていない。

フィギュアスケート協会は月曜日に会合を開き、火曜日に選考結果を発表する予定だ。

おもしろいのは、この記者がローラ・レピストを「ジュニアの選手」と呼び続けていることだ。実際には彼女はキーラより5ヶ月年上なのだ…。

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[en]Kiira Korpi in Finnish National Championships (4)[/en][fi]Kiira Korpi in Finnish National Championships (4)[/fi][ja]キーラ・コルピ、フィンランド国内選手権に出場 (4)[/ja]

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Don’t know what to say. Kiira just wasn’t able to produce it in the free skate either and she dropped to fourth place. So it seems that her season might have come to a half before it even started, since there’s “only” three spots for Finland in Euros and those are usually given to the top-three finishers in the Nationals.

Everybody had so high hopes for Kiira this season so this might feel like a disaster. But it’s not the end of the world and life goes on. If the season ends here, she’ll be back twice as strong next year. And we’ll be waiting.

Update: I’ve learned that the seasons personal best would be the criteria when selecting team for the Euros, and if that’s the case then Kiira would make it into the team along with Susanna and Laura. But we don’t know that for sure until the Finnish association makes their decision.

Final results

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Don’t know what to say. Kiira just wasn’t able to produce it in the free skate either and she dropped to fourth place. So it seems that her season might have come to a half before it even started, since there’s “only” three spots for Finland in Euros and those are usually given to the top-three finishers in the Nationals.

Everybody had so high hopes for Kiira this season so this might feel like a disaster. But it’s not the end of the world and life goes on. If the season ends here, she’ll be back twice as strong next year. And we’ll be waiting.

Update: I’ve learned that the seasons personal best would be the criteria when selecting team for the Euros, and if that’s the case then Kiira would make it into the team along with Susanna and Laura. But we don’t know that for sure until the Finnish association makes their decision.

Final results

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何と言っていいのかわからない。キーラはフリースケーティングでもうまくいかず、4位に転落。フィンランドからヨーロッパ選手権へは「たったの」3人しか出られないし、いつもなら国内選手権のトップ3が出場するから、キーラにとってはまだシーズンが始まったところなのに、もう半分まで来てしまったのかもしれない。

すべての人が今シーズンのキーラに大きな期待をかけていたから、今回の結果は災難(disaster⇒ あるいは「大失敗」?)だ。でも、この世の終わりではないし、人生いろいろあるよ。これで今シーズンが終わってしまっても、キーラは来年もっと強くなって戻ってくる。僕らは待つさ。

※Villeくん、ポエム入ってるなぁ。

追加情報: ヨーロッパ選手権への選考会では、そのシーズンのパーソナルベストが基準になるらしいことがわかった。もしそうなら、キーラはスザンナ、ローラとともに選手団入りすることになるが、フィンランドのスケート協会が決定を下すまでは確かではない。

最終結果

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Rank Name Club Points
1. Susanna Pöykiö OLK 156,36
2. Laura Lepistö EsJT 142,71
3. Alisa Drei RTL 140,32
4. Kiira Korpi  Tappara 134,88
5. Niina Laksola Tappara 112,58
6. Henriikka Hietaniemi MTK 111,35
7. Krista Suhonen Tappara 110,22
8. Elina Vesamäki EsJT 97,97
9. Melisa Lähdeoja RU 92,13
10. Salla Joukanen KTL 79,15
WD Henna Hietala HL 27,21