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Worlds 2008 Free skate meltdown…

The Maundy Thursday, which ironically is called “Kiirastorstai” (“Kiiras-thursday”) in Finnish, definitely was not Kiira’s day. After the stellar short program everything unravelled on yesterday night and unfortunately the outcome was probably the technically weakest performance Kiira has ever done. And after that she dropped from fourth to ninth place in the results. Kudos to Laura Lepistö for stepping up in the ranks, now the two spots for next year were easily secured (8+9 <= 26).

Final results are available here:

Some thoughts from Kiira after the free skate from Aamulehti:

New pink dress and roaring support from the audience couldn’t help Kiira Korpi into flying on the ice of Göteborg, she literally collapsed on her free skate.

Korpi’s performance was plagued by missed triplejumps and an unexpected fall in the spiral sequence.

– Maybe it was mentaly too tough spot for me, Korpi admits.

Korpi scored 145,73 points and was ninth in the final standings. After short program she was in fourth place.

– If everything can go wrong, then thats what happened tonight. It was all laid out for me and I was in good physical condition. Maybe I can learn something from this for the future, but now even my best ever placing in World Champs doesn’t make it feel any better. I’m really disappointed.

Source: Aamulehti / Elina Paasonen

YLE sports news article with video-interviews:

Worlds 2008 ladies free skating

Let’s start watching real time results!  Thanks to a Turkish TV for streaming…

21:27 – Ashley Wagner from USA finished her skating.

            Skaters from the last group started warming up.
            Wow! Kiira wears her new costume!! Pretty in pink!!!

21:36 – Warming up was ended. Rochette started her free skating…

            The latest results are the following:
            1st MEIER, 2nd LEPISTO(nice!), 3rd SEBESTYEN, 4th MARCHEI, 5th GLEBOVA…

21:43 – Rochette got 1st overall with total 174.12 points.
            Costner is coming…

21:49 – Costner finished… she got 1st with 184.68! Strong Carolina…

21:52 – Yes, Kiira Korpi is coming…!!!
             Go, Kiira! Enjoy!!

21:58 – Wow… unbelievable. Kiira, keep smiling!

22:00 – Kiira got 6th overall now with total 145.73... just behind Laura!?

22:09 – Kim got 2nd overall with total 183.23 points. Asada is coming…

22:17 – Asada got 1st with total 185.56 points. The last skater Nakano is coming…

22:22 – Nakano finished her free skating… she got 4th overall with 177.40 points.

Kiira finished 9th overall at the Worlds 2008…
We’ll put further report later.