Photo: Mikko Luukkaa
As reported by Finnish Figure Skating Association, another injury (to Achilles again!) will prevent Kiira trying to get the Olympics pass for Finland at Nebelhorn Trophy, at the end of this month: her place will be taken by Juulia Turkkila. Kiira will continue her cares and rehab in Finland, but could be possible even a surgery, following a partial tear of left tendon.
In addition, Kiira’s name has been cancelled even from Skate Canada and Trophèe Eric Bompard, the two Grand Prix’s events: they’re both too close to hope in a complete recover.
As reported by Finnish Figure Skating Association here,
Kiira has decided to change her usual coaches Susanna Haarala and Maaret Siromaa with Rafael Arutyunyan, known during a spring camp in Vierumäki. Probably, this decision were taken after meeting with Ashley Wagner in Toronto; the new SP will be skated on Beatles’ song “A day in the life”, in the Jeff Beck’s guitar version, choreography by canadian Jeffrey Buttle. The training will go on in Lake Arrowhead until next Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf at least, where she’ll try to reach the pass for Olympics in Sochi. “Once upon a time in America” will be the soundtrack of her FS.
Here’s the next Finlandia Trophy’s poster, from 4th to 6th of October at Barona Areena in Espoo.
Here the entries announced by ISU about Grand Prix events of incoming season (minimum score allowed for ladies was 130.98 points):
Kiira will be in St. John, New Brunswick (Canada) from 25-27 October at Skate Canada, and in Paris (France) from 15-17 November at Trophée Eric Bompard (already won in 2010).
For a strange twist of fate, Yu-Na Kim and Christina Gao will take part in same competitions too…
Another show with Kiira and Laura, on April 14th in Rauma.
On April, 7th Kiira took part in a show at Hakametsä Hall in Tampere, called “Helinä-keiju ja Talvililja”.
Here some pictures from the event.
And this is the summary regarding FS.
Here below, a summary of Kiira’s SP performances in the season.
Today, the Finnish Figure Skating Association announced that Kiira won’t take part at next Worlds in Canada:
It seems that same, previous problems experienced at foot still aren’t solved, so she prefers to aim for next year’s Olympics. Her place will be taken by Juulia Turkkila.
Due to an infection in left leg’s achilles after Christmas, Kiira is still not able to skate, and have not been able to skate for 2½ weeks. The infection is already healing, but she and her coaches have already made the decision not to take part in the Europeans. It would not be wise to skate there without no practice at all. Now it is best to concentrate on treatment and physiotherapy, and the target is already the Worlds next March in Canada.
Her place in the Europeans this year will be taken by Alisa Mikonsaari. Finland’s another skater for ladies is Juulia Turkkila.
Source: Finnish Figure Skating Association press release.
As reported today in Finnish newspapers: