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Jenni Vähämaa retires

Now it’s official: in her website Jenni announces she is retiring from skating competition at the age of 18.
Now she concentrates on studying in Tapiola School.

Media coverage:

"If I were a baseball player" by Kiira Korpi

Kiira Korpi threw out the opening pitch for Doosan Bears / photo © NeWSIS

Kiira Korpi, now in South Korea, threw out the opening pitch at Doosan Bears vs SK Wyverns professional baseball game on 20th April.

According to the news, Kiira was interested in the baseball fever in Korea and wanted to see baseball fans from the mound.

Thanks hmm and Sam for the comments, JM_Leee and YuNarsha for tweets.

A gallery for some photos

Thanks for the video, kyunghyang!
Kiira was taught how to respond to hand signals from the catcher and throw a ball… no, no, yes… strike!

[Festa on Ice] Day 2: April 17

According to the Wikipedia article of Festa on Ice, the show was splitted to two acts, and Kiira performed Butterfly in the first act and If I were a boy in the second act. Also both acts featured many performances by all of the skaters.

All skaters – I gotta feeling:

Kiira Korpi – Butterfly (starts at 2:28):

All ladies – Run devil run:

Kiira Korpi – If I were a boy:

All skaters – Abracadabra, Magic:

[Festa on Ice] Day 1: April 16

Kiira Korpi of Finland performs during Festa on Ice 2010 at Olympic gymnasium on April 16, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. (April 15, 2010 - Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Kiira Korpi of Finland performs during Festa on Ice 2010 at Olympic gymnasium on April 16, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. (April 15, 2010 - Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac)

The first day of Festa on Ice gala was today, and Getty Images released four pictures taken today.

This post will be updated after more information surfaces. Please post comments if you know any more!

Rehearsal 1:

Rehearsal 2:

Highlights of Act 1:

Kiira and Puma continuing their co-operation

PUMA Complete Running © 2010 Puma

PUMA Complete Running © 2010 Puma

Puma will continue as Kiira’s sponsor, and Kiira will be the cover of Puma’s new “PUMA Complete Running” -collection as stated in a press release by Puma.

In the press release Kiira praises Puma’s gear and says that they have proved to work well during exercise. She also says that the last season was a positive experience from the ill health 2008-2009 season, and the highlight of the season was of course the Vancouver Olympics. Still a lot of things to improve and the summer will indeed be a busy one. Both of the programs are going to be renewed with a new choreography.

[Festa on Ice] Arrived to Korea, interview at airport

Kiira at airport. Picture © Xports News 2010

Kiira at airport. Picture © Xports News 2010

Kiira has arrived to South Korea and was interviewed by a Korean sports news agency, Xports News. From the Google’s poorly translated version it can be understood that she plans to skate both exhibition programs: If I were a boy and Butterfly.

The gala will be held in The Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium at Seoul from 16th to 18th of April 2010. The star of the show is of course Korea’s own Yu-na Kim.

Thanks for the video, pollsu!

Starat jäällä 2010 gala show

Last Tuesday on 6th of April 2010 a gala show was held in Rauma, called “Starat jäällä 2010” (Stars on ice 2010).

The gala featured all the Finnish top skaters and local figure skating club from Rauma. Kiira performed the If I were a boy gala program, the same as in Euros 2010.


Thanks for the video miskil!

Tappara Spring Show next Sunday

Spring Show 2010 poster. Copyright Tappara Ry.

Spring Show 2010 poster. Copyright Tappara Ry.

Tappara welcomes you all to see the story of Tinker Bell to Tappara Figure Skating association’s Spring Show on Sunday 11th of April 2010 at 15:00 Finnish time to Hakametsä ice hall in Tampere, Finland.

The part of the queen will be portrayed by Kiira Korpi.

Tickets can be bought beforehand from Tappara’s offices from Sudenkatu 7, Tampere, or from the ticket desk at the ice hall at least one hour before the show. After the show audience can enjoy skating on the ice themselves.

Tickets:
Children (between 2 and 15 years): 5 Eur
Adults: 8 Eur

Kiira Korpi to Ice Show in South Korea!

Kiira Korpi to Ice Show in South Korea Photo: (c)Festa on Ice 2010

After participating to Tappara spring show on Sun. 11th April, Kiira Korpi will be invited to the ice show called “Festa on Ice 2010” which will be held in Seoul, South Korea. This will be her last public performance for 2009-2010 season.

Skaters such as Yu-na Kim, Brian Joubert… will also participate to the show.

I can’t read any Korean language… is anyone from Korea? Just help me!
The only thing I found is… they seems to write 키이라 코르피 for Kiira Korpi.

Official site:
http://www.festaonice.com/2010/main.html

Schedule:
1st Fri. April 16th 20:00
2nd Sat. April 17th 17:00
3rd Sun. April 18th 17:30

Venue:
Special Ice Link at The Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium,
Jamsil-dong, Seoul.