Finlandia Trophy 2003 competitors
Finlandia Trophy will be held on October 9-12 and here the list of competitors:
Sergei Shilyaev BLR
Hugh Yik CAN
Mikko Minkkinen FIN
Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari FIN
Silvio Smalun GER
James Black GBR
Daniel D'inca' ITA
Maciej Kus POL
Gheorghe Chiper ROM
Ilia Klimkin RUS
Alexander Shubin RUS
Juraj Sviatko SVK
Kristoffer Berntsson SWE
Derrick Delmore USA
Johnny Weir USA
Miriam Manzano AUS
Evgenia Melnik BLR
Idora Hegel CRO
Olga Vassiljeva EST
Alisa Drei FIN
Elina Kettunen FIN
Susanna Pöykiö FIN
Annette Dytrt GER
Jenna McCorkell GBR
Julia Teplih LAT
Karen Venhuizen NED
Elena Sokolova RUS
Mojca Kopac SLO
Åsa Persson SWE
Angela Nikodinov USA
Lindsey Weber USA
Natalie Buck- Trent Nelson-Bond AUS
Voitenko- Oleg Krupen BLR
Albena Denkova/Maxim Staviyski BUL
Mylene Girard/ Bradley Yeagar CAN
Jessica Huot/ Juha Valkama FIN
Sinead Kerr-John Kerr GBR
Agnieszka Dulej-Slawomir Janicki POL
AlexandraKauc-Mivhal Zych POL
Maria Binczyck-Michal Tomaszevski POL
Oksana Domnina/Maxim Shablin RUS
Kimberley Navarro/Robert Shmalo USA
Olga Boguslavska-Andrei Brovenko LAT
Melica Brozovic - Vladimir Futas SVK
Colette Appel/ Lee Harris USA
Marcy Hinzmann/Aaron Parchem USA
Bona Fide Member
Thanks for the post, Jaana. I wonder if the Finnish ladies will be able to sweep the podium. They will have strong competition from Sokolova and -- I hope -- from Nikodinov. I hope that Angela makes a strong showing. With all the buzz in the U.S. about the younger girls -- Cohen, McDonough, Kirk, Liang -- Angela has been pushed to the sidelines, in terms of publicity. I would like nothing better than to see her make a strong run this year.
For the men, I don't see any real competition for Klimkin, if he's on, but you never know. This is Johnny Weir's best chance to redeem himself and start the new season on the right foot, and Derrick Delmore is usually solid and dependable.
The field is short on pairs. I hope that Aaron Parchem does well with his new partner. I always liked Kalesevic and Parchem, but I think that they went as far together as their talent could take them, so I am curious to see what the new team will do.
Keeper of Michelle's Nose
It will be interesting to see what Shubin does. Neither Delmore nor Weir have been able to capitalize on their junior world's wins.
Jaana - Thank you so much for this information. I wish some of the other nonAmerican posters would alert us to these so called lesser int'l competitions. I and I am sure other GS members are interested.
Just look at those competing: Smalim; Black; Klimkin; Bertsson; Derick and Johnny. Drei, Ketunnen, Poykio; McCorkel; Sokolova; Angela and Lindsey and Great Dance and Pairs.
Any chance of the results?
Will the Finnish ladies sweep? Sokolova? Angela? Ilia; Derreck? Johnny?
This is a great competition.
Thank God for Stephane Lambiel and Matt Savoie!
I seriously don't see how the Finnish ladies could sweep the podium if Sokolova keeps landing those 3/3's like she did at Euros and Worlds last season. The top 3 should be a mix of Sokolova, Poykio and Nikodinov if they can skate to their ability, but at this point, it's still a big if for Poykio and Nikodinov.
Bona Fide Member
I have a good feeling about Nikodinov this year. I don't know why, but I have an intuition that while all the attention is focused on the "baby balerina" generation, Angela might feel free of pressure just enough to skate in the back door.
I also think that Kettunen will do well. I hope so.
All I have to say is--go kick some butt, Angela! I want Lena to do well, too; she's just too charming to dislike even though her basics need help.
Joey Votto Fangirl
Oh I SOOO want Angela to show them all some beautiful skating at Finlandia! I agree that with all the focus on the USA youngens this year, this is a fabulous opportunity for her to really make a splash with having a lot less pressure on herself. I think she is a glorious skater and would like to see her have a banner year this year and make that world team again. Go Angela!! :D
New additions to Finlandia Trophy, posted by Ritti:
>Fedor Andreev CAN
Rumiana Spassova - Stanmir Todorov BUL
Pascale Bergeron - Rob Davidson CAN
Utako Wakamatsu - Jean Sebastien Facteau CAN>
The Kerrs have been replaced by Pamela O'Connor - Jonathan O'Dougherty GBR.
Last edited by Jaana; 09-17-2003 at 12:36 AM.
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