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Training aid for 2010-2011 season

The STLL, Suomen Taitoluisteluliitto, announced here that Finnish Olympic Committee has decided a contribution of 740000 euro for Finnish Winter Sports Federations, also within sight of next Olympics of Sochi 2014.

Figure Skating will receive 80000 euros for five athletes (by the way, where’s Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari? He decided his retirement? I don’t think so, I’ve had no news about that… why he’s not in the list? He has had any kind of divergence with STLL? This could explain the “conditional” to his subsidie…); but, e.g. they planned 100000 euros to Snowboarding (!), 180000 euros to Cross Country (!!)… maybe Figure Skating should have deserved more attention and resources, for his popularity all over the world. Yes, 80000 euros does it mean 16000 euro for each athlete: but I can imagine I’m not so far from truth, if I think that amount only will cover Kiira’s expenses for her Canadian programs… or maybe money will not divided in equal parts?
Besides, Kiira (with Laura and Beata Papp, who’ll be my favourite skater in the future after Kiira   🙂 ), will receive other 2000 euros from a Finnish Foundation who supports most talented athletes.