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Finlandia Trophy 2007 Kiira in second place after short program

Kiira skated her personal best and is in second place in the competition after the short program. Carolina Kostner from Italy is in the lead and Susanna Pöykiö lies in the third place. Also the rest of the Finnish ladies made strong performances and took places four to six in the short program. Free skate is due tomorrow.

Quotes from skaters (STLL) in Finnish and English

Kiira Korpi skated her new tango program with intensive interpretation. Despite being sick in summer and busy with the matriculation exams she skated on of her best short programs ever.

– I could not had skated much better. Of course I was nervous about the season opening, but I’m satisfied.

Scores after short program:
  1. Carolina Kostner ITA 58,54
  2. Kiira Korpi FIN 57,06
  3. Susanna Pöykiö FIN 54,40
  4. Laura Lepistö FIN 52,62
  5. Alisa Drei FIN 52,34
  6. Jenni Vähämaa FIN 51,22
  7. Taylor Firth USA 50,72
  8. Arina Martinova RUS 48,24
  9. Viktoria Hegelsson SWE 45,62
10. Jenna McCorkell GBR 43,42
11. Valentina Marchei ITA 40,02
12. Malin HÃ¥llberg- Leuf SWE 36,78
13. Irina Movchan UKR 35,34
14. Annette Dytrt GER 34,56
15. Kristin Wieczorek GER 33,76
16. Michele Cantu MEX 29,20

Starting orders for free skate:
  1. HÃ¥llberg-Leuf Malin SWE
  2. Movchan Irina UKR
  3. Wieczorek Kristin GER
  4. Dytrt Annette GER
  5. Cantu Michele MEX

  6. Martinova Arina RUS
  7. Firth Taylor USA
  8. Helgesson Viktoria SWE
  9. Marchei Valentina ITA
10. McCorkell Jenna GBR

11. Kostner Carolina ITA
12. Vähämaa Jenni FIN
13. Korpi Kiira FIN
14. Lepistö Laura FIN
15. Drei Alisa FIN
16. Pöykiö Susanna FIN

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