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Japan Open 2007 results

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According to the Judges Scores (pdf) Kiira singled two jumps but had otherwise a clean skate with level 3 spiral sequence, level 3 and 4 spins and level 2 step sequence. She scored 98.63 points which is pretty much what she has been scoring this spring. Kimmie Meissner obviously had a bad day, but only couple of points would have been needed to beat also Mao Asada. When adding up the scores by the teams, Team Japan won, Team Europe became second and Team North America was left in the third place.

Ladies results
PL Competitor Nationality Points
1. Miki ANDO JPN  112.65
2. Sarah MEIER SUI  111.29
3. Joannie ROCHETTE CAN  107.78
4. Mao ASADA JPN  101.47
5. Kiira KORPI FIN  98.63
6. Kimmie MEISSNER USA  92.78
Team results
PL Team Points
1. Team Japan 497.47
2. Team Europe 471.11
3. Team North America 458.81

All results are available here.

Japan Open 2007 starting order

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The starting order of Japan Open 2007 is announced.
http://www.skatingjapan.jp/InterNational/2006-2007/jo/index.htm

Kiira will skate the first in the ladies discipline. 
# No short programs at all.
And you can also see the realtime results online there.

Men – – Free Skating Starting Order/Detailed Results

StN. Competitor Nationality
1 Alexei YAGUDIN RUS 
2 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 
3 Todd ELDREDGE USA 
4 Jeffrey BUTTLE CAN 
5 Nobunari ODA JPN 
6 Brian JOUBERT FRA 

Ladies – – Free Skating Starting Order/Detailed Results

StN. Competitor Nationality
1 Kiira KORPI FIN 
2 Joannie ROCHETTE CAN 
3 Mao ASADA JPN 
4 Sarah MEIER SUI 
5 Kimmie MEISSNER USA 
6 Miki ANDO JPN 

Figure skating news from Finland

kiira_sauli.jpgToday the Finnish Figure Skating Association held a press conference along with the official “cake&coffee” reception for Kiira’s medal from the Euros. It was announced that Sauli Niinistö, a former director of the European Investment Bank and now the Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, has been appointed as the President of the 2009 European Championships organizing committee. Susanna Rahkamo, the president of the figure skating association, also stated that the goal for the competition is two medals in the ladies discipline, preferrably one golden. The venue for the 2009 event will be either Helsinki Areena or the older Helsinki Icehall. YLE also tells that there has been preliminary talks with the ISU of promoting the Finlandia Trophy competition to an ISU GP competition. In general, the appreciation for figure skating has been growing in Finland.

MTV3 also knows to tell that Kiira will fly to Japan already this weekend and spend the next week training there before the Japan Open. It’s not said wheter she’s training with her own coach or possibly with some other, maybe Japanese, coach. The article also says that she’ll be trying out the triple axel during the summer.

Update: After writing the above YLE updated it’s article with more information and video interviews of Kiira Korpi and Sauli Niinistö (try copy-pasteing the links to media player). The article says that Kiira will travel to Japan with her coach Maaret Siromaa and they will train in Osaka with Japanese skaters. Kiira says it will be interesting to see how the Japanese skaters are training. For the next season Kiira will have an all new short program and the free skate program is going to be altered but the music will be the same as this season.

News articles in Finnish:

 

Worlds 2007 Iltalehti article

It’s little bit late but recently we just found this article
(Iltalehti, 23.3.2007) even though I took photos and
wrote the story for it in English… 🙂

It also tells with a photo that a Mexican fan sent her
drawings. Yes, he is a member of this site and
we are proud of it.

My original English story is here. The Finnish article
was translated and edited by a Finnish journalist.

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Team Finland at a shrine and a restaurant in Tokyo.

Worlds 2007 Kiira’s poster and pinup

          I heard or read at somewhere that someone (maybe a person from Valio) handed out (or just left) posters and pinups of Kiira Korpi at the arena on Friday 23rd of March, the day of Ladies SP.
I found a Japanese blog which reported it and asked her if she would send me a photo of them.
Thanks Makorin for sending me a photo.

Kiira at the selection camp for Team Finland

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Ilta-Sanomat interviewed Kiira at Vierumäki where she participated in the Finnish skating associations selection camp for the next seasons international team. At the camp old team members and new applicants go through physical tests and recieve skating and health related education. Here’s what Kiira told about her plans for the spring and summer:

  • After easter she’ll go to Paris to skate in a Gala
  • At the end of month she’ll probably go to Japan for Japan Open
  • May is just basic training
  • At the beginning of june there’s a two week camp in Tampere
  • After that she’ll probably go to Tartu in Estonia to train with a Russian coach

Watch the video interview here (Ilta-Sanomat).

As a sidenote, “mr-squirrel” from Italy has sketched some ink drawings of Kiira, see those on his blog.

Update: The Finnish Figure Skating Association has published the Team Finland for season 2007-2008. No changes regarding the “A-Team” compared to last season.

Kiira to skate in a gala in Paris

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According to the website of the event, Kiira will be performing in the Stars Sur Glace gala in Paris France April 14th.

Jamais un tel plateau de médaillés à Bercy
Les stars mondiales de la discipline seront également présentes au POPB avec en chef de file, le Japonais Daisuke Takahashi et le Suisse Stéphane Lambiel qui complétaient le podium masculin des derniers Championnats du Monde. Chez les Dames seront présentes Sara Meier et Kiira Korpi, respectivement Médaille d’Argent et de Bronze aux derniers Championnats d’Europe. Les bulgares Albena Denkova et Maxim Staviski, double Champions du Monde en Danse sur glace, ainsi qu’Oksana Domnina et Maxim Shabalin, médaillers d’Argent aux Championnats d’Europe, participeront à ce spectacle et rendront hommage à la merveilleuse saison de Brian Joubert.

Schedule

Sat., 14.4.2007 20.45 – 23.00
15 minutes interval 21.45 – 22.00.

English translation by Google

Tappara’s Spring Show

Tappara Figure Skating Club had their Spring Show “Winnie the Pooh” on 29.03.2007 at Hakametsä ice stadium. Aamulehti reported it with a photo gallery from the show and a streaming video.

Tappara put photos from their Christmas show to the photo gallery on their web site.