Keepin' it real
8 - 10 Oct in Vantaa, Finland
International Senior Competition in Figure Skating for Ladies, Men and Ice Dance.
John and Sinead Kerr will debut their programs here
Wicked Yankee Girl
Dance The Hubbells
Men Grant Hochstein, Jonathan Cassaar
Ladies Amanda Dobbs
Pechalat and Bourzat are also competing.
In the ladies competition the reigning World bronze medalist Finland´s Laura Lepistö, Kiira Korpi
(bronze medalist at the 2007 Europeans) and young challengers Alisa Mikonsaari and Cecilia Törn will
face the winner of the Finlandia Trophy 2008 Japan´s Akiko Suzuki, as well Russian´s Alena Leonova
and Ksenia Makarova.
In speculations the strongest competitors in Men´s event will be Italian´s Samuel Contesti and
Sweden´s Kristoffer Berntsson. Finland will be represented by Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari, Valtter Virtanen
and 16-years old Viktor Zubik who is participating for the first time in Men´s event.
In the Ice Dance competition the attention will be focused on the latest reform. Starting from this season
Ice Dance event will consist only of two instead of three disciplines, Short Dance and Free Dance. The
British couple, siblings Sinead Kerr and John Kerr, will defend their last year’s victory. The Kerrs will
face the French Nathalie Pechalat – Fabian Bourzat, who placed fourth at the World Championships in
March. Finnish couple at Finlandia Trophy will be Henna Lindholm and Ossi Kanervo.
Ice Dance: Nora Hoffmann / Maxim Zavozin