World Clock


ISU Challenger Series

A new communication by ISU (1858), introducing a change in Figure Skating:

In my opinion, one of really few good ideas by Mr. Cinquanta:
about all the rest, better forget…

Worlds in Saitama: results

Mao Asada is the new World Champion!

Pl. Name Nation Points
1 Mao ASADA JPN 216.69
ITA 207.50
3 Carolina KOSTNER RUS 203.83
4 Anna POGORILAYA RUS 197.50
5 Gracie GOLD USA 194.58
6 Akiko SUZUKI JPN 193.72
7 Ashley WAGNER USA 193.16
8 Polina EDMUNDS USA 187.50
9 So Youn PARK
KOR 176.61
10 Kanako MURAKAMI JPN 172.44

Season’s over

Now it’s official: Kiira’s season is over. Well, it never really started: but according to this article on Finnish Figure Skating Federation website

her withdraw from Worlds in Saitama is now definite.
Her rehabilitation from Achille’s injury is actually keeping on in Munich, under the supervision of famous german specialist Müller-Wohlfahrt, who already’s following many other athletes like Usain Bolt and National Team Soccer of Germany. With the co-operation of portuguese coach Carlos Ávila de Borba regarding physical side, Kiira’s main goal at this moment is fully recovering from her previous injury, in order to avoid future problems, and then going back to Lake Arrowhead later in the spring, to progress on technical programs for new incoming season. The first competition she’ll can take part in should be Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, next fall, from 10 to 12 of October.
Anyway, she’ll be present in Japan, from 26 to 30 of March, because of Finnair’s tasks.


Future programs: no Worlds?

According to this article on YLE

Kiira most likely won’t be present at ISU Worlds in Japan, at the end of March: at the moment she’s practising on ice, but still no jumps on it, and her physical training is followed by a portuguese tennis coach, who already worked with Carolina Kostner and Mao Asada. In Kiira’s plans, technical aspects will be refined with coach Rafael Arutyunyan in March, when she’ll get back to Lake Arrowhead.
So, Kiira should skip the whole season: despite the encouraging opinions of portuguese Avila De Borba, this could be a relevant problem for her career. As we could see in the past, even recent, Kiira’s a fighter, and for sure she’s now suitably training, but… young Russian girls are running up at incredible speed, and even Ashley Wagner, who’s sharing same coach with Kiira, has been forced to modify her programs, ’cause latest results haven’t been so satisfying.
Well… only time will tell. So c’mon Kiira, wishing you the podium one more time!

Europeans in Budapest: results

As we already knew, Kiira skipped European Championships too: following, final results.
Russian Julia Lipnitskaia is the new European queen!

Pl. Name Nation Points
1 Julia LIPNITSKAIA RUS 209.72
2 Adelina SOTNIKOVA RUS 202.36
3 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 191.39
4 Alena LEONOVA RUS 178.15
5 Mae Berenice MEITE FRA 173.37
6 Valentina MARCHEI ITA 165.25
7 Elena GLEBOVA EST 155.71
8 Nathalie WEINZIERL GER 151.88
9 Joshi HELGESSON SWE 146.45
11 Roberta RODEGHIERO ITA 141.25
12 Juulia TURKKILA FIN 140.31

Finnish Nationals without Kiira

Kiira won’t defend her title, won last year for the 4th time in career, this year in Espoo, from 13th to 15th of December. Following, final results:

1 Juulia TURKKILA HL 147.34
2 Liubov EFIMENKO LTL 141.23
3 Emilia TOIKKANEN HL 131.26
4 Olivia TUUVA LL 121.86
5 Seidi RANTANEN ESJT 120.19
6 Beata PAPP KUTA 119.37
7 Sera VÄISTÖ TAPTL 118.45
8 Timila SHRESTHA JTL 106.94
9 Helena STENBACKA ETK 104.41
10 Nea VIIRI ESJT 102.62
11 Eveliina VILJANEN PORIT 102.18

Sera Väistö  represented Club Tappara Taitoluistelu.

Update: Juulia Turkkila is the new Finnish Champion, but at Junior Championships, Jenni Saarinen got a score (154,08) good for gold!


No Olympics for Kiira…

Due to 14th placement of Juulia Turkkila at Nebelhorn Trophy,

Finland won’t be represented (regarding Ladies Skating) at next Olympics in Sochi on February: most likely, next possible competition for Kiira could be European Championships in Budapest (Hungary), from 13rd  to 19th of January.

Pl. Name Nation Points
1 Elena RADIONOVA RUS 188.21
2 Miki ANDO JPN 162.86
3 Ashley CAIN USA 162.39
4 Veronik MALLET CAN 159.67
5 Brooklee HAN AUS 147.16
7 Anne Line GJERSEM NOR 142.87
8 Nathalie WEINZIERL GER 137.36
9 Kerstin FRANK AUT 137.03
10 Elizaveta UKOLOVA CZE 136.72
11 Elena GLEBOVA EST 134.74
12 Isadora WILLIAMS BRA 130.08
14 Juulia TURKKILA FIN 121.82

Happy 25th birthday, Kiira!

Many, many wishes from all of us!

Hyvaa syntymäpäivää!


Kiira will skip Nebelhorn Trophy & Grand Prix’s dates

Photo: Mikko Luukkaa

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.

New programs for Kiira

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.