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[en]Some news before Christmas[/en][fi]Some news before Christmas[/fi][ja]クリスマス前のニュース[/ja]

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The sports journalists in Finland had their annual vote where they selected the athletes of the year. Kiira Korpi was the best figure skater, she was third in best female athlete category and 15th in the athlete of the year category. Top three for the title was clear before the vote, but many were surprised that the Formula 1 champion Kimi Räikkönen was left in third place behind Tero Pitkämäki (javelin world champion) and Virpi Kuitunen (world champion in cross-country skiing). Full results here.

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The national figure skating team had a training day togheter in Vantaa and the media was also there. Some bits from Iltalehti article:

The sharp and wide top of the Finnish figure skating has also caused some shadows when the judging of the nationals was made into an issue in Oulu which is Susanna Pöykiö’s hometown. Some have claimed that the 19 year old blonde was seen to be a “more important” skater for the coming Euros than the 25 year old Pöykiö.
– Right! Sounds a bit far fetched. Of course from Susanna’s perspective the situation is disappointing, Korpi responded.

– Defending the bronze is a tough job, and you have to think about the performances instead of medals. But “renewing” the medal is totally possible.

– It’s only a positive thing that there’s such a tough competition for a place in the team. Here in Finland we all are open and sharing to each other, when for example in the USA it sometimes feels like the skaters aren’t even representing the same country.

– Of course the selection criterias (for Euros) could be different, for example the average score of the two best competitions. That way the judging panel for just one competition could not be the decisive factor.

Christmas interrupts Korpi’s training schedule for three days.
– Well, the rinks are closed for that period! But I can use a little break, although I have to start warmups on wednesday before the rinks open on thursday.
– The christmas time I’ll be staying with my family. Gingerbread cookies and glögi are the traditional treats. With christmas ham I have to be careful because the fat-parts have always been my favourites.

Iltalehti

The diary on the official site has also been updated, both Finnish and English versions.

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The sports journalists in Finland had their annual vote where they selected the athletes of the year. Kiira Korpi was the best figure skater, she was third in best female athlete category and 15th in the athlete of the year category. Top three for the title was clear before the vote, but many were surprised that the Formula 1 champion Kimi Räikkönen was left in third place behind Tero Pitkämäki (javelin world champion) and Virpi Kuitunen (world champion in cross-country skiing). Full results here.

Screen Iltalehti

The national figure skating team had a training day togheter in Vantaa and the media was also there. Some bits from Iltalehti article:

The sharp and wide top of the Finnish figure skating has also caused some shadows when the judging of the nationals was made into an issue in Oulu which is Susanna Pöykiö’s hometown. Some have claimed that the 19 year old blonde was seen to be a “more important” skater for the coming Euros than the 25 year old Pöykiö.
– Right! Sounds a bit far fetched. Of course from Susanna’s perspective the situation is disappointing, Korpi responded.

– Defending the bronze is a tough job, and you have to think about the performances instead of medals. But “renewing” the medal is totally possible.

– It’s only a positive thing that there’s such a tough competition for a place in the team. Here in Finland we all are open and sharing to each other, when for example in the USA it sometimes feels like the skaters aren’t even representing the same country.

– Of course the selection criterias (for Euros) could be different, for example the average score of the two best competitions. That way the judging panel for just one competition could not be the decisive factor.

Christmas interrupts Korpi’s training schedule for three days.
– Well, the rinks are closed for that period! But I can use a little break, although I have to start warmups on wednesday before the rinks open on thursday.
– The christmas time I’ll be staying with my family. Gingerbread cookies and glögi are the traditional treats. With christmas ham I have to be careful because the fat-parts have always been my favourites.

Iltalehti

The diary on the official site has also been updated, both Finnish and English versions.

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The sports journalists in Finland had their annual vote where they selected the athletes of the year. Kiira Korpi was the best figure skater, she was third in best female athlete category and 15th in the athlete of the year category. Top three for the title was clear before the vote, but many were surprised that the Formula 1 champion Kimi Räikkönen was left in third place behind Tero Pitkämäki (javelin world champion) and Virpi Kuitunen (world champion in cross-country skiing). Full results here.

Screen Iltalehti

The national figure skating team had a training day togheter in Vantaa and the media was also there. Some bits from Iltalehti article:

The sharp and wide top of the Finnish figure skating has also caused some shadows when the judging of the nationals was made into an issue in Oulu which is Susanna Pöykiö’s hometown. Some have claimed that the 19 year old blonde was seen to be a “more important” skater for the coming Euros than the 25 year old Pöykiö.
– Right! Sounds a bit far fetched. Of course from Susanna’s perspective the situation is disappointing, Korpi responded.

– Defending the bronze is a tough job, and you have to think about the performances instead of medals. But “renewing” the medal is totally possible.

– It’s only a positive thing that there’s such a tough competition for a place in the team. Here in Finland we all are open and sharing to each other, when for example in the USA it sometimes feels like the skaters aren’t even representing the same country.

– Of course the selection criterias (for Euros) could be different, for example the average score of the two best competitions. That way the judging panel for just one competition could not be the decisive factor.

Christmas interrupts Korpi’s training schedule for three days.
– Well, the rinks are closed for that period! But I can use a little break, although I have to start warmups on wednesday before the rinks open on thursday.
– The christmas time I’ll be staying with my family. Gingerbread cookies and glögi are the traditional treats. With christmas ham I have to be careful because the fat-parts have always been my favourites.

Iltalehti

The diary on the official site has also been updated, both Finnish and English versions.

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