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Nebelhorn Trophy 2010

As in the past year, Kiira will take part at next Nebelhorn Trophy, which will be held in Oberstdorf, Germany from 23 to 25 Sept 2010.

Here you can find the entries:

1 AUS Phoebe Di Tommaso
2 BEL Isabelle Pieman
3 CAN Diane Szmiett
4 DEN Karina Johnson
5 FIN Kiira Korpi
6 GER Katharina Häcker
7 GER Sarah Hecken
8 GER Sandy Hoffmann
9 GBR Jenna McCorkell
10 ITA Carolina Kostner
11 ITA Valentina Marchei
12 JPN Kanako Murakami
13 MEX Reyna Hamui
14 PUR Victoria Muniz
15 SLO Nika Ceric
16 RSA Lejeanne Marais
17 SWE Joshi Helgesson
18 SWE Viktoria Helgesson
19 SUI Myriam Leuenberger
20 USA Melissa Bulanhagui
21 USA Ashley Wagner

This competition’s level is higher than last year, with so many good athletes. Go for it, Kiira!

(P.S.: All the best wishes to Laura, who’s actually suffering for an injury: get well soon, Laura)

Yu-Na Kim sacked her coach!

It seems Yu-Na Kim sacked her coach, Brian Orser… here’s the news

News update: 

From the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, where for four years was a student of Brian Orser, Yu-Na Kim moved to Granite Club, where’s working the former Canadian dance champion Shae-Lynn Bourne, the same where also Kiira practised. No more danger, therefore, to come face to face with the former coach. Kim assigned to Shae-Lynn, who has been working successfully as a choreographer, the preparation of his new Short Program, after working for Free Skating with his usual choreographer David Wilson.

Just the FS was one of the last causes of division between the skater and Orser, who has revealed to the agency France Presse that the music will be used by his former student (a mix of korean music, including folk song “Arirang”). The entourage of Kim didn’t like it, and accused Orser of having deliberately given the information without authorization, to harm the athlete. The Canadian coach had spoken to praise his former pupil, “is a fantastic program, the best I’ve seen so far,” he said, but there you are, the misstep was done.

For its part, Orser had previously complained of a lack of respect for the team of Korean skater, saying he felt insulted.

Kiira and Petra starring in Puma's new Training for Women collection

Petra and Kiira © 2010 PUMA Women Training

Petra and Kiira © 2010 PUMA Women Training

Puma’s new Women Training collection features both Kiira and Petra Korpi as it’s cover faces. The collection will be available during this autumn, and includes clothing for various sports such as running, fitness, gym and dancing. This was the first commercial photo shoot for Petra and also the first time both of them are appearing together in an ad.

“Petra and Kiira are the best possible faces to represent our Puma Women Training collection. Glorious sisters are sporty and elegant young women and also great role models for younger people. Petra and Kiira have a healthy humorous attitude toward sports. Instead of “blood, sweat and tears” they have fun while doing sports – exactly what Puma wants to say.” Says Puma Finland’s head of advertising Sanna Hautala.