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[en]Finnish nationals 2007/08 Post-competition articles[/en][fi]Finnish nationals 2007/08 Post-competition articles[/fi][ja]フィンランド国内大会2007/08大会後の記事[/ja]

Photo: Rauman Urheilijat
[en]First of all, there’s this US-based commercial figure skating -site called Ice Network and they have published two articles (in English) related to Kiira and the nationals.

Pre-nationals article:
Is Korpi still crown princess on ice? (photo-gallery)

Post-nationals article:
Lepisto takes Finnish national title (photo-gallery)

It wasn’t the emotionally easiest weekend for Kiira, quote from Aamulehti:

Grief kept Kiira’s thoughts with her friend
Yesterday Korpi’s thoughts were with her best friend whose father had passed away on friday.
– At the moment it feels so futile to think about this competition. There are so much more important things in life, told Korpi in tears.
The emotional discharge after the competition and worries about her friends well-being formed a stream of tears on the skaters cheeks.
– I’m not crying because of the competition. It was hard to stay focused when I would have wanted to be there for my friend. But she encouraged me to go on with the competition.

Video from YLE Sports-news after the nationals:
http://www.yle.fi/urheilu/mediasali/video/id92264.html

The Finnish Figure Skating Association will confirm the team for European Championships later this month, but unless something dramatic happens the team will be Laura Lepistö, Kiira Korpi and Jenni Vähämaa for ladies and Mikko Minkkinen for mens discipline. Three of these four skaters are first-timers in ISU Champioships, for Kiira this will be her fourth time.

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First of all, there’s this US-based commercial figure skating -site called Ice Network and they have published two articles (in English) related to Kiira and the nationals.

Pre-nationals article:
Is Korpi still crown princess on ice? (photo-gallery)

Post-nationals article:
Lepisto takes Finnish national title (photo-gallery)

It wasn’t the emotionally easiest weekend for Kiira, quote from Aamulehti:

Grief kept Kiira’s thoughts with her friend
Yesterday Korpi’s thoughts were with her best friend whose father had passed away on friday.
– At the moment it feels so futile to think about this competition. There are so much more important things in life, told Korpi in tears.
The emotional discharge after the competition and worries about her friends well-being formed a stream of tears on the skaters cheeks.
– I’m not crying because of the competition. It was hard to stay focused when I would have wanted to be there for my friend. But she encouraged me to go on with the competition.

Video from YLE Sports-news after the nationals:
http://www.yle.fi/urheilu/mediasali/video/id92264.html

The Finnish Figure Skating Association will confirm the team for European Championships later this month, but unless something dramatic happens the team will be Laura Lepistö, Kiira Korpi and Jenni Vähämaa for ladies and Mikko Minkkinen for mens discipline. Three of these four skaters are first-timers in ISU Champioships, for Kiira this will be her fourth time.

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まず初めに、Ice Networkという、アメリカを拠点としたフィギュアスケートの商業サイトが、キーラ・コルピと国内大会に関する(英語の)記事を2つ掲載している。

大会前の記事:
コルピは氷上でも王女の冠を獲れるか? (写真ギャラリーも)

大会後の記事:
レピストがフィンランド国内タイトルを獲得 (写真ギャラリーも)

キーラにとって、感情的につらい週末だった。以下、Aamulehti紙から引用:

親友と悲しみにくれるキーラ
昨日、キーラの心は、金曜日に父親を亡くした親友と共にあった。
「あの時は、この試合のことを考えるのが意味のないことのように感じられました。人生には、もっともっと大切なことがあるのです」コルピは泣きながら話した。
張り詰めていた糸が切れた試合後、親友のことが気がかりで、頬には涙があふれた。
「(2位だった)試合のせいで泣いているのではないんです。ずっと親友のそばにいてあげたかったのに、なかなかそうもいかなくて。でも彼女は私に試合を続けるように励ましてくれました」

国内大会後のYLEスポーツニュースのビデオ:(日本では視聴不可?)
http://www.yle.fi/urheilu/mediasali/video/id92264.html

フィンランドのフィギュアスケート連盟は、欧州選手権に派遣するチームを今月の下旬には確定させる予定だが、なにかドラマチックなことでも起こらない限り、女子はラウラ・レピスト、キーラ・コルピ、イェンニ・ベヘマーに、男子はミッコ・ミンッキネンになるだろう。4人のうち3人はISUの選手権に初出場組で、キーラにとって今回は4回目となる。

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