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Euros 2009 One Finn’s impressions

One Finn’s Impressions from watching the EC2009 Live…

Well, the championships are now over, and I have to say it really was a lucky break for me that they were held here in Helsinki — actually, I live in a town Espoo but the two are really side by side. The Hartwall Arena, where the competition took place, was only about 15km away. With experience from national championships from a month ago, needless to say that the European Championships was something really different: lots of fans from all over Europe and even from North America were cheering the skaters on and creating pedestrian traffic jams with all the Finnish fans on the arena hallways in every zamboni break…

As in every event comparable to this, the atmosphere depends heavily on the size of the audience. Women’s short program took place on Friday, starting from 11 AM. The hall was half empty at the start, when the skaters were those who really had no chances to success and were mostly from countries where there is no major figure skating culture. Hence, not fan attendance from these countries to speak of. But as the afternoon went on more and more people could leave work and head for the hall, things turned out to be more lively and by the time the Finnish participants: Kiira, Susanna Pöykiö and Laura Lepistö (Laura’s webpage not updated since last year) were performing their short programs, the noise levels were very respectable indeed. On Saturday, for ladies’ free skate, when the audience was approx. 10,000 strong, the atmosphere completely hit the roof of the hall…

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Euros 2009 Kiira’s Gala Exhibition

Thanks Taskinen, stupid Eurosport

Euros 2009 looking back Kiira’s performances

Well, let’s look back her performances in the Euros 2009.

First of all, the falling while free skating. According to Aamulehti, with Google translate,

8381431-big.jpg– Quite a shock. I still do not quite understand what exactly happened,
Korpi said the TV journalists’ questions.

Euros 2009 Final Results

Here is the final results of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2009.

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Laura LEPISTÖ
FIN
167.32 1 2
2 Carolina KOSTNER
ITA
165.42 3 1
3 Susanna PÖYKIÖ
FIN
156.31 2 3
4 Alena LEONOVA
RUS
143.99 11 4
5 Kiira KORPI
FIN
139.01 7 6
6 Katarina GERBOLDT
RUS
137.05 5 8
7 Annette DYTRT
GER
136.98 12 5
8 Julia SEBESTYEN
HUN
134.47 14 7

Really congrats, Laura for the Gold medal and Susanna for the Bronze!

17:25 – Laura is interviewed as a winner.

17:29 – The victory ceremony started.

17:31 –  Laura appears as the Gold medalist.

17:32 – Carolina, the Silver medalist.

17:33 – Susanna, the Bronze medalist. Hugs each other.

17:34 – Laura got a medal, Carolina, Susanna too.

17:35 – 3 Medalists got bouquets.

17:36 – Finnish national song and 2 Finnish flags and an Italian flag…

17:37 – So many audiences with Finnish flags.

17:38 – Photo session of 3 medalists.

17:39 – Turkish Live TV finished… Thanks, TRT.

Euros 2009 Free Skating results

Live Turkish TV online: http://www.trt.net.tr/Canli/anasayfa.aspx?kanal=TV3
Here is the recent total results after former 2 groups finished.

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Julia SEBESTYEN
HUN
134.47 14 1
2 Elena GLEBOVA
EST
128.36 13 2
3 Candice DIDIER
FRA
124.07 16 3
4 Francesca RIO
ITA
119.61 17 5
5 Stefania BERTON
ITA
118.97 18 6
6 Viktoria HELGESSON
SWE
118.39 24 4
7 Teodora POSTIC
SLO
114.95 15 7
8 Kerstin FRANK
AUT
104.92 22 8

Kiira is the 3rd skater of the Group 3.

15:32 – Well, Turkish TV started live transmission. Group 3 Skaters started warming up…

15:36 – Kiira is introduced to the audience and so many flags and applause! 

15:39 – Warming up is over and the first skater is Annette DYTRT from Germany…
            music: Swan Lake. Great performance, really looks like a beautiful swan…
            she got 1st place with 92.92 pt.

15:48 – Alena LEONOVA, Russia, started skating. Also great performance.
 
15:55 – YES, Kiira is coming!!!

15:56 – Wow, are you alright?
            Just several seconds after she started skating, Kiira fell, slided and hit to the wall of the rink… 
            Kiira talked to the judge and her coach, Maaret then they decided continuing the performance.
15:57 – YES, Go again, Kiira !!!  

16:03 – very surprised at falling but well done, Kiira.  How’s the judges?

16:05 – Kiira got 91.41pt for FS and her total score is 139.01, 2nd place now… sorry, no podium. 

16:06 – Irina MOVCHAN skating. 

16:12 – Nella SIMAOVA skating.
 
16:19 – Tugba KARADEMIR is coming.
             Interesting music from… the soundtrack of Ratatouille, an animation movie by Pixer. 

16:27 – Skaters of Group 4 start warming up.
             Laura and Susanna are introduced to the audience. So many Finnish flags and applause again!!!
             Go, Strong SUOMI!!! Laura will skate just after Kostner and Susanna follows.

16:34 – Ivana REITMAYEROVA starts skating.
 
16:41 – Jenna MCCORKELL skating. 

16:49 – Carolina KOSTNER starts skating. 

16:56 – Kostner got… 114.06pt! Wow!

16:57 – Laura LEPISTÖ is coming!!! Go, Laura!

17:03 – Very clean skating! How’s the score?
            WOW, 110.70pt for FS and got 1st place with total score 167.32!
 
17:06 – Next, Susanna PÖYKIÖ!! Go, Susanna!

17:11 – Great performance as well! How’s the score? 100.25pt and 3rd place!
             Lepisto, Kostner, Poykio.
             Congrats, Team Finland!!!

17:13 – Katarina GERBOLDT, the last skater, skating.

17:20 – Gerboldt finish skating. Her score is… 6th overall. So Kiira is still 5th.
             Here is the final result.

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Laura LEPISTÖ
FIN
167.32 1 2
2 Carolina KOSTNER
ITA
165.42 3 1
3 Susanna PÖYKIÖ
FIN
156.31 2 3
4 Alena LEONOVA
RUS
143.99 11 4
5 Kiira KORPI
FIN
139.01 7 6
6 Katarina GERBOLDT
RUS
137.05 5 8
7 Annette DYTRT
GER
136.98 12 5
8 Julia SEBESTYEN
HUN
134.47 14 7

            

Euros 2009 Short Program news and interview

Here are some news, videos and interviews after short program.
It’s nice to see her interview – she is almost smiling as always.

YLE short program Video (without comment)

MTV3 interview Video

nelonen interview Video

Aamulehti
news and Special content at a sport photographer, Kari Kuukka’s site
Another Aamulehti news and special content
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Photo: (C)Kari Kuukka

HS news

Ilta-Sanomat

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Iltalehti
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To be updated.

Euros 2009 Free Skating starting order

Here is starting order of free skating (latter group).

  Group 3      
13 Annette DYTRT
GER
12 44.06
14 Alena LEONOVA
RUS
11 45.08
15 Kiira KORPI
FIN
7 47.60
16 Irina MOVCHAN
UKR
8 46.48
17 Nella SIMAOVA
CZE
10 45.24
18 Tugba KARADEMIR
TUR
9 46.26
  Group 4      
19 Ivana REITMAYEROVA
SVK
6 48.00
20 Jenna MCCORKELL
GBR
4 50.00
21 Carolina KOSTNER
ITA
3 51.36
22 Laura LEPISTÖ
FIN
1 56.62
23 Susanna PÖYKIÖ
FIN
2 56.06
24 Katarina GERBOLDT
RUS
5 48.62

According to detailed schedule (pdf file), Group 3 starts around 15:30 and
Kiira will skate her free skating at around 15:55 in Finland local time (GMT +2:00).

Euros 2009 Kiira’s SP video

Found her SP

Euros 2009 Short Program results

Well, let me start live results. The 7th group is coming up next and the recent result is here.

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Katarina GERBOLDT
RUS
48.62 1
2 Irina MOVCHAN
UKR
46.48 2
3 Tugba KARADEMIR
TUR
46.26 3
4 Nella SIMAOVA
CZE
45.24 4
5 Annette DYTRT
GER
44.06 5
6 Teodora POSTIC
SLO
43.28 6
7 Candice DIDIER
FRA
42.84 7
8 Francesca RIO
ITA
42.24 8

16:17 – The 1st skater of the 7th group, Alena LEONOVA from Russia, 5th place.

16:23 – Ivana REITMAYEROVA from Slovakia got 2nd place. Yes, Laura is coming next!

16:30 – Great! Laura LEPISTÖ  got 1st place! Congrats!

16:38 – Elena GLEBOVA, Estonia, 9th,  Elene GEDEVANISHVILI, Georgia, is coming.

16:44 – Gedevanishvili, 19th… sorry for that.

16:46 – The 8th group skaters start warming up.
I can see so many audience with Finnish flags in the venue. How great!
Go Kiira! Go Susanna!

16:52 – Warming up is over and Jenna MCCORKELL from UK is coming.

16:56 – Mccorkell, 2nd place and yes, the next is… Kiira Korpi! 
So much applause!!!

17:03 – Kiira finished with 47.60pt and the place is…  5th. Damn… Sorry Kiira.

17:05 – Stefania BERTON, Italy coming. and the place was… 15th.

17:11 – Julia SEBESTYEN, Hungary, starts skating. The place was 12th.

17:17 – Yes, Susanna PÖYKIÖ is just coming! Go Susanna!!
So much applause, too!!! Wow, very clean skating! Will she win the SP?
She got 56.06 pt and was 2nd place. Laura still 1st and Kiira 6th.

17:24 – Carolina KOSTNER is coming. She jumped high but feld before jumping.

17:30 – Kostner, 3rd!!!

Finally, Laura is 1st , Susanna 2nd and Kiira 7th after SP. Here is the results.

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Laura LEPISTÖ
FIN
56.62 1
2 Susanna PÖYKIÖ
FIN
56.06 2
3 Carolina KOSTNER
ITA
51.36 3
4 Jenna MCCORKELL
GBR
50.00 4
5 Katarina GERBOLDT
RUS
48.62 5
6 Ivana REITMAYEROVA
SVK
48.00 6
7 Kiira KORPI
FIN
47.60 7
8 Irina MOVCHAN
UKR
46.48 8

Well, we know the phrase, “Tomorrow never knows” and tomorrow must be the day for Kiira.

And Congrats for Laura and Susanna for now.
Go, Strong Finland!! Hyvää Suomi!!

Euros 2009 Ready for the competition

Kiira and other Finnish ladies arrived to Helsinki on wednesday and held the last press conference before the competition. Here’s some material:

YLE sports news

Finnish ladies ready to skate in front of the home audience

The Finnish trio is waiting for the short program that starts the ladies competition on friday.

Kiira Korpi tells that she has moved forward in her training after the nationals.

– I still don’t have much training behind me because I didn’t get back on ice until December, but it looks good. I’ve been healthy and I’m eagerly waiting for the competition.

Korpi refuses to take any pressures about medals because it’s only her second competition of the season and she’s not in as good condition as she could be.

– On other hand in the nationals I showed quality and good nerves can take you long way.

There’s a good spirit in the team and the trio aims for the best possible results a whole. Naturally everybody has their own goals and they concentrate on their own performances.

– It’s great that Finland got to arrange this event and we are happy and proud that we can skate in front of a big audience, Korpi smiles.

MTV3 sports news

Korpi increased the difficulty of her programs

Kiira Korpi beat the long illness in December, attended to the nationals and took her first title. It was the first competition of the season for her.

The European Championships in Helsinki are Kiira’s second competition of the season. Opponents are more than challenging for the former bronze medalist.

– At the beginning of december I was thinking that the season is over. Tuesday morning at the Tampere railway station I was like, here I am, going to the Euros, good mooded Korpi told in Helsinki.

Korpi knows that the difficulty level at the nationals is not enough for podium at the Euros. The title dropped on her lap after her fellow competitors Laura Lepistö and Susanna Pöykiö had subpar performances.

– My programs have been increased in difficulty, but there won’t be any triple-triples. Much of the effort has been put into transitions and the step sequence, Korpi tells.

After the nationals she has been able to practice almost normally.

– Training load has been increased constantly, but there hasn’t been as much additional excersises as there could have been, Korpi admits.

Nelonen videos

Kiira Korpi doesn’t take risks. Korpi who didn’t get back into normal training until in December admits that she has taken steps for better. Programs are increased in difficulty, but Korpi has put the pressure for a medal aside and is concentrating on solid performances.

Finnish ice-princesses ready to fight. Ladies free-skate will be followed by an sold out arena with 10000 spectators. The tough Finnish trio is ready to fight in the short program on friday.

Iltalehti videos