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Euros 2008 debriefing

On saturday Kiira wasn’t able to bring her performance on the same level as on friday, and dropped from second to fifth place missing the medal by only 3.43 points. Obviously she was disappointed on herself. Kiira’s thoughts after the free skate from Aamulehti:

Kiira Korpi could just swallow her disappointment and rejoice about her teammates great debute on the Euros. Korpi had all the chances for a second medal, but skater who otherwise was in top condition couldn’t keep her program in order.

– It started out well, but then…

Korpi popped the flip that flew away like a balloon. Program that had started with a good 3lutz-2toe-2toe and 3loop broke for a moment.

– I’m really disappointed. I don’t know what happened. It just happened.

In the final results Korpi was fifth with 162.22 points. She missed the medal by only 3.43 points, which is about one succesfull jump.

– Well. I can’t call it a flop: fifth place in Euros. I’m satisfied that I have also developed in interpretation, Korpi thinks.

– Performing is no more just about keeping up a smile.

The first international competition of their career for both Korpi and Lepistö was right here in Zagreb when they were 11 years old. From that trip Korpi learned that drinking too much soft drinks on a competition day is not a good idea, it makes your feet stiff.

– This time I drank just water. But we had fun then, Korpi bursted into laugher remembering the past in middle of all the disappointment.

Aamulehti / Elina Paasonen

All Euros’08 articles in Aamulehti: http://www.aamulehti.fi/teema/taitoluistelu/
Aamulehti’s Photo-galleries: Competition and Exhibition

But the season is not over yet! Main event of the season is 2008 World Championships which are held in Göteborg Sweden, and Kiira Korpi and Laura Lepistö are the Finnish ladies competing there. There are also the Nordic Championships (aka Nordics) in two weeks in Iceland, but neither Kiira or Laura are listed as participants. Either the competition overlaps with the matriculation exams which both have still one to take, or they are just preparing for the Worlds.

Euros 2008 video of Kiira Korpi FS

Here is video of Kiira Korpi’s free skating at European Figure Skating Championships 2008 on stage6 from YLE (Finnish TV).

Euros 2008 Kiira Korpi free skating

European Figure Skating Championships 2008 is held in Zagreb Croatia.
Let’s watch free skating real time results too:
http://www.isufs.org/results/ec2008/SEG004.HTM

Let’s start from Group 3.
At first, Elene GEDEVANISHVILI from Georgia.

I’m somehow watching a Turkish web TV.
mms://212.175.166.3/TRT3

15:19 – GEDEVANISHVILI got 1st with total 147.09 points.
Oh, Next is Jenni. Go Jenni!

15:26 – Jenni VAHAMAA is 2nd with total score 142.40.
Her score of free skating is bit higher than GEDEVANISHVILI.

15:35 – Annette DYTRT from Germany is totally 3rd now.

15:43 – Jenna McCORKELL from the UK is 2nd now.

15:50 – Tugba KARADEMIR from Turky is 4th now.

15:58 – Ksenia DORONINA from Russia is 3rd now.
All skaters of the 3rd group finished their free skating.
1st Elene, 2nd Jenna, 3rd Ksenia, 4th Jenni, 5th Tugba, 6th Annette now.

The last, 4th group is coming soon.
The time has come! Carolina started her free skating.

16:14 – Carolina KOSTNER from Italy is 1st with as high as 171.28 points! Wow!
Valentina MARCHEI from Italy is coming.

16:22 – Valentina is 2nd with 153.34 points.
And yes! Kiira is coming!!!

16:30 – Kiira got 2nd with 162.22! Great!
Laura LEPISTO from Finland is skating now…

16:38 – Laura is 2nd with 165.65 points and Kiira is 3rd now.
How strong Finnish skaters are…

Sarah MEIER from Switzerland is coming.

16:46 – Sarah is 2nd! Carolina 1st, Laura 3rd and Kiira is 4th now!
So, no possibility of Kiira on the podium…
The last skater Julia SEBESTYEN from Hungary is coming.

16:53 – Julia is 4th and Kiira 5th.

FPl. Name Nat. Points SP FS
1 Carolina KOSTNER
ITA
171.28 1 2
2 Sarah MEIER
SUI
169.44 4 1
3 Laura LEPISTO
FIN
165.65 3 3
4 Julia SEBESTYEN
HUN
162.89 5 4
5 Kiira KORPI
FIN
162.22 2 5
6 Valentina MARCHEI
ITA
153.34 6 6
7 Elene GEDEVANISHVILI
GEO
147.09 8 8
8 Jenna McCORKELL
GBR
145.57 7 10

Euros 2008 Kiira Korpi FS starting order

The starting order of ladies free skating was announced.
Kiira will skate 3rd of 4th group – just after 2 skaters from Italy KOSTNER and MARCHEI.

StN. Name Nat. Current Rank Points
  Group 3      
14 Elene GEDEVANISHVILI
GEO
8 53.43
15 Jenni VAHAMAA
FIN
12 47.05
16 Annette DYTRT
GER
9 51.99
17 Jenna McCORKELL
GBR
7 53.68
18 Tugba KARADEMIR
TUR
11 50.28
19 Ksenia DORONINA
RUS
10 50.91
  Group 4      
20 Carolina KOSTNER
ITA
1 59.31
21 Valentina MARCHEI
ITA
6 53.69
22 Kiira KORPI
FIN
2 58.60
23 Laura LEPISTO
FIN
3 56.96
24 Sarah MEIER
SUI
4 56.44
25 Julia SEBESTYEN
HUN
5 55.54

Euros 2008 Video of Kiira Korpi SP

I found some vids of Kiira Korpi short program at European Figure Skating Championships 2008 on stage6 (recommended) from YLE (Finnish TV) and on YouTube from EuroSports and YLE.

Euros 2008 Kiira Korpi short program

Figure Skating European Championships 2008 just started in Zagreb Croatia.
Let’s watch our favourite real time result:
http://www.isufs.org/results/ec2008/SEG003.HTM

17:02 – Now, 1st SEBESTYEN, 2nd MARCHEI, 3rd McCORKELL, 4th GEDEVANISHVILI.
Group 8 will be coming soon after Sarah MEIER.

17:09 – Wow, Sarah is 1st with 56.44 points!
Kiira is coming soon!

17:23 – Wooooow, Kiira is 1st now with 58.60 points!!!
You made it, Kiira!! You will win the SP!

17:30 – BERTON from Italy is 10th.
Also Italian, Carolina KOSTNER is coming. All you’ll know she is the 2007 champ.

17:37 – Carolina is 1st. Kiira is 2nd now.
Coming up next is… yes, Jenni! Jenni VAHAMAA from Finland!

17:43 – Jenni is 11th… really? damn.
Well, the last skater, Laura LEPISTO is coming! Yes, from Finland!

17:50 – Wow, Laura is 3rd! Congrats!

So, Kiira finished short program at 2nd place.
Congrats, Kiira!!
Enjoy free skating tomorrow!!!

Pl. Name Nat. Points
1 Carolina KOSTNER
ITA
59.31
2 Kiira KORPI
FIN
58.60
3 Laura LEPISTO
FIN
56.96
4 Sarah MEIER
SUI
56.44
5 Julia SEBESTYEN
HUN
55.54
6 Valentina MARCHEI
ITA
53.69
7 Jenna McCORKELL
GBR
53.68
8 Elene GEDEVANISHVILI
GEO
53.43

Figure Skating European Championships 2008

EC2008 Zagreb, Croatia

The ISU Figure Skating European Championships are held in Zagreb Croatia this year. The competition started on tuesday and the ladies skate their programs on friday (sp) and saturday (fs).

Competition official site: http://www.euroskate2008.com/
Skating orders and live results: http://www.isufs.org/results/ec2008/

Updates:
Aamulehti theme-page for the Euros:
 – Layout of Kiira’s SP and analysis of the top six (pdf)
 – Kiira on training rink (video)
YLE sports news interviews:
 – Video interview with Kiira
Ilta-Sanomat article and small photos from a practise session

Kiira is the first skater in the last warm-up group for the short program, which is skated in friday evening:

Warm-Up Group 8
36 Kiira KORPI FIN
37 Stefania BERTON ITA
38 Carolina KOSTNER ITA
39 Jenni VAHAMAA FIN
40 Laura LEPISTO FIN

A short preview article and Kiira’s thoughts in Iltasanomat:

Kiira Korpi is not thinking about medal

Kiira Korpi is keeping her thoughts in European Championships on skating and isn’t thinking about the final results. Even if she for a first time in her career is one of the favourites for a medal. Last year the bronze was a surprise and a medal is possible this year also.

– It’s a different situation than before so it’s good to discuss it beforehand, Kiira says.

The expectations and and current settings has not been pushed back in preparations but everything has been discussed openly.

– There’s no medication to the expectations and a new situation. I’m concentrating on the performances, thoughts are on the doing and not in the outcome, 19 year old Kiira says.

– It’s about controlling your mind, she says.

Korpi tells that beginning of the season was not easy for her. Through the summer she was bothered by abdominal pain and later it was found out that that the cause was inflammation of the esophagus. Now it’s kept under control with medication.

In fall along with skating she took part in the matriculation examinations.

– Finlandia Trophy wasn’t a disaster, but naturally it made you think when others scored so well, Kiira explains.

After the competition a detailed plan with competition specific goals up till the nationals was created. That was followed even though one GP-competition was left out because of sinusitis. Now in European Championships in Zagreb the goal is to skate two good programs. That way the medal is possible.

Some misc bits before the Euros

Photo Aamulehti

The ISU Figure Skating European Championships 2008 start next week and ladies compete at the end of the week, but more about that later. Also a translation of this article is coming, sooner or later… But for now something else:

Photos from the Finnish nationals by Sari Niskanen:
Ladies free skate
Podium and other

Photo gallery by Aamulehti from last year. It’s from some recreational outdoor event, including Kiira and her fellow skater Niina doing some of that oh so famous nordic walking:
http://www.aamulehti.fi/mediagalleria/sunnuntai/yhdessa/682/

And has anybody in Finland seen this ad on television yet?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqGz6MUryhs

New Photo

Hello everyone!

Just noticed an article about Kiira in a Finnish weekly magazine “Seura”. It included a very nice full-page glamour-style portrait of her, and at least I haven’t seen it anywhere else, so maybe it is new to most of you, too. Happy New Year to everyone!

Kiira_Seura_51522007.jpg