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    Finlandia Trophy

    JSF announced entries for the Finlandia Trophy yesterday.

    Men-
    Takahito Mura
    Daisuke Murakami
    Daisuke Takahashi

    Ladies-
    Aki Sawada
    Nana Takeda

    Takahito desparately needs to get himself on the podium to earn points to get a ticket to Vancouver- he has great jumps (super high 3A, a 50-50 4T) and his basic skating is improving too.
    It will be Dai Takahashi's first competition in more than 1 1/2 years. Almost positive that he will win the gold if he performs okay- depending on the other candidates in the Men's.
    Let's see how well Dai Murakami can appeal himself to the judges in his first Seniors competition. A good performance here, the NHK, and the Japan Nationals, will get him a ticket to the 4CC beating the other candidates (like Nanri, Nakaniwa) - and 2 slots to the GPS next season.

    Nana Takeda slipped in the NHK TBA slot in the last minute. She didn't do well in the GPS last year due to leg injury- which in my guess, has a lot to do with overweight ) If she gets herself shaped up, she can get her jumps back (3T-3T, Flip at least- can give up Lz) , her other elements are steady and she can get a PB with 160+. She needs it
    Aki Sawada- anyone remember her? Was one of the top skaters in the Juniors during 2004- 2005- 2006, one of the best jumpers. Has been suffering through 2 seasons from overweight. Takeshi Honda has been looking after her jumps from last season (as well as Mai Asada, Mao's sister), and it's all up to her jumps if she can survive in the Japanese Ladies' field or not.
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    Any info on other entries, anyone?

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    From the host country

    Ladies:
    Kiira Korpi
    Laura Lepistö
    Susanna Pöykiö

    Men:
    Mikko Minkkinen
    Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari
    Valtter Virtanen

    Dance:
    Oksana Klimova-Sasha Palomäki

    (According to their interviews in Finnish Figure Skating Magazine, Taitoluistelulehti, they will all go to Finlandia Trophy))

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kati View Post
    From the host country

    Ladies:
    Kiira Korpi
    Laura Lepistö
    Susanna Pöykiö

    Men:
    Mikko Minkkinen
    Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari
    Valtter Virtanen

    Dance:
    Oksana Klimova-Sasha Palomäki

    (According to their interviews in Finnish Figure Skating Magazine, Taitoluistelulehti, they will all go to Finlandia Trophy))


    Oh WOW!
    So all the 3 Finnish Ladies GPS qualifiers are competing as a warm-up competition! All of them could hit the podium. FYI the three ladies are called "fairies" among Japanese skating fans and they're very popular
    Kiira practically will have to face TEB without any rest... wow. Good luck to her!!

    I see veterans on the Mens, fresh faces on the Dance. Good luck to all of them!

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    Does Takahito Mura really have that much of a shot? I would assume a healthy Takahashi, along with Oda and Kozuka pretty much have those slots to Vancouver locked up.

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    USFS posted their entries on the International Assignments page of their site on Sept. 4: Stephen Carriere, Alexander Johnson (his first senior international), Becky Bereswill, Molly Oberstar, and Jane Summersett/Todd Gilles.

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    Does anyone know if Jenni Vahamaa will attempt? I hope to see her skate soon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bibi View Post
    Does anyone know if Jenni Vahamaa will attempt? I hope to see her skate soon!!
    Jenni Vahamaa will NOT compete this season. She says she's taking a break from Figure Skating to find real motivation again (which usually is a way of saying I'm retiring because I'm moving on with my life, sadly )

    Here is the announcement in Finnish.

    http://www.jennivahamaa.fi/news?id=973

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamuraiKike View Post
    Jenni Vahamaa will NOT compete this season. She says she's taking a break from Figure Skating to find real motivation again (which usually is a way of saying I'm retiring because I'm moving on with my life, sadly )

    Here is the announcement in Finnish.

    http://www.jennivahamaa.fi/news?id=973
    Ohhh...how sad.... :( :( :( ...I hope she finds motivation again! Anyway, I wish her luck in life

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    Oh I've been wondering what happened to Aki Sawada since the TEB fiasco back in 2007. Good to know she's still skating.
    So excited to see Daisuke!!

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    Entries are online :

    MEN
    Van Der Perren Kevin BEL
    Martinez Ian CAN
    Brezina Michal CZE
    Minkkinen Mikko FIN
    Nurmenkari Ari-Pekka FIN
    Virtanen Valtter FIN
    Brummer Clemens GER
    Liebers Peter GER
    Bacchini Paolo ITA
    Zelenka Karel ITA
    Mura Takahito JPN
    Murakami Daisuke JPN
    Takahashi Daisuke JPN
    Domanski Przemyslaw POL
    Menshov Konstantin RUS
    Voronov Sergei RUS
    Berntsson Kristoffer SWE
    Sazonets Vitali UKR
    Carriere Stephen USA
    Johnson Alex USA

    LADIES

    Frank Kerstin AUT
    Samson Myriane CAN
    Ikonnikova Olga EST
    Korpi Kiira FIN
    Lepistö Laura FIN
    Pöykiö Susanna FIN
    Dytrt Annette GER
    Hecken Sarah GER
    McCorkell Jenna GBR
    Marchei Valentina ITA
    Sawada Aki JPN
    Takeda Nana JPN
    Doronina Ksenia RUS
    Leonova Alena RUS
    Helgesson Joshi SWE
    Helgesson Viktoria SWE
    Bereswill Becky USA
    Oberstar Molly USA

    ICE DANCE

    Geil Kira-Matsyuk Dmytro AUT
    Kiudmaa Kristina-Trohlev Aleksei EST
    Lindholm Henna-Kanervo Ossi FIN
    Beier Christina-Beier William GER
    Herrmann Carolina-Herrmann Daniel GER
    Kerr Sinead-Kerr John GBR
    Towler-Green Phillippa-Poole Phillip GBR
    Hoffmann Nora-Zavozin Maxim HUN
    Pajardi Isabella-Caruso Stefano ITA
    Platonova Anastasia-Grachev Alexander RUS
    Beknazarova Alla-Zuyev Vladimir UKR
    Frolenkova Nadezhda-Kasalo Mikhail UKR
    Summerset Jane-Gilles Todd USA

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    Lots of interesting skate off in the entries ... Dytrt vs Hecken and Zelenka vs Bacchini will star competing against each other for the olympic spots.. I'm curious too about which Helgesson sister comes on top and I really want one of Liebers or Brummer to step up and possibly be in Vancouver instead of Lindemann. Plust the return of Doronina and Marchei!

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    Lots of participants, WOW! Besides, there are many that I have not seen live earlier and also many that I enjoy seeing again. I can hardly wait.....

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    Latest news: Annette Dytrt and Ksenia Doronina are out, FUMIE SUGURI and KATARINA GERBOLT in!

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    Fumie!



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