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    Finlandia Trophy

    8 - 10 Oct in Vantaa, Finland

    International Senior Competition in Figure Skating for Ladies, Men and Ice Dance.

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    Japanese athletes

    Akiko Suzuki
    Daisuke Murakami

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    John and Sinead Kerr will debut their programs here

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    http://www.usfigureskating.org/Athletes.asp?id=216

    US entries:
    Dance The Hubbells
    Men Grant Hochstein, Jonathan Cassaar
    Ladies Amanda Dobbs

    Pechalat and Bourzat are also competing.

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    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.

    http://www.stll.fi/@Bin/1604211/First+press+release.pdf

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    Ice Dance: Nora Hoffmann / Maxim Zavozin

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    Entries are online! : http://www.stll.fi/finlandia_trophy/entries/

    MEN:
    AUT Manuel Koll
    FIN Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari
    FIN Valtter Virtanen
    FIN Viktor Zubik
    ITA Paolo Bacchini
    ITA Samuel Contesti
    JPN Daisuke Murakami
    POL Maciej Cieplucha
    RUS Artur Gachinski
    RUS Konstantin Menshov
    RUS Sergei Voronov
    RUS Ivan Tretiakov
    SWE Kristoffer Berntsson
    UKR Vitaliy Sazonets
    USA Jonathan Cassar
    USA Grant Hochstein

    Contesti as frontrunner with a showdown of the top russian men fighting for the lone spot at Worlds.. great.. Plus I cant believe Berntsson and AriPekka still want to compete.

    LADIES:
    BLR Viktoria Liakhava
    EST Elena Glebova
    FIN Kiira Korpi
    FIN Laura Lepistö
    FIN Alisa Mikonsaaari
    FIN Cecilia Törn
    JPN Akiko Suzuki
    RUS Sofia Biryukova
    RUS Alena Leonova
    RUS Ksenia Makarova
    SWE Linnea Mellgren
    USA Amanda Dobbs

    Again a battle of the russian senior ladies, not as interesting as the juniors but still Akiko can easily win this.

    DANCE:
    BLR Lesia Valadzenkava - Vitalii Vakunov
    DEN Katelyn Good - Nikolaj Sorensen
    FIN Henna Lindholm - Ossi Kanervo
    FRA Nathalie Pechalat - Fabian Bourzat
    GBR Sinead Kerr - John Kerr
    GER Stefanie Frohberg - Tim Giesen
    HUN Nora Hoffmann - Maxim Zavozin
    HUN Zsuzsanna Nagy - Mate Fejes
    ITA Federica Testa - Christopher Mior
    RUS Kristina Gorshkova - Vitali Butikov
    UKR Siobhan Heekin-Canedy - Alexander Shakalov
    USA Madison Hubbell - Keiffer Hubbell

    Kerrs vs PechBourzat!! really nice.. Is the Shakalov guy representing Ukraine the same that used to compete for UZB some seasons ago??

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamuraiKike View Post
    Entries are online! : http://www.stll.fi/finlandia_trophy/entries/


    Again a battle of the russian senior ladies, not as interesting as the juniors but still Akiko can easily win this.
    Uhm... I'd say the Finnish ladies will give her hard time winning that tho :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankka View Post
    Uhm... I'd say the Finnish ladies will give her hard time winning that tho :D
    I'm not saying that that's impossible, but, given that Laura's injured and that Akiko beat Kiira 3 times out of 3 last season (CoC, Olympics, WC), I think that it's likely that Akiko will take this one.

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    I´m so intrested in the senior debut form Frohberg/Gießen. Ver good JGPs results last year, than very very good ISU Junior Competions and to the end a not so good JW, but for her first season togehter, it was great!

    So I really want to see, where she place in the Senior ranks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SerpentineSteps View Post
    I'm not saying that that's impossible, but, given that Laura's injured and that Akiko beat Kiira 3 times out of 3 last season (CoC, Olympics, WC), I think that it's likely that Akiko will take this one.
    That was last season I hope Kiira has better programs now, at least she sounded quite confident and positive in last Taitoluistelu (Figure skating) magazine interview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SerpentineSteps View Post
    I'm not saying that that's impossible, but, given that Laura's injured and that Akiko beat Kiira 3 times out of 3 last season (CoC, Olympics, WC), I think that it's likely that Akiko will take this one.
    Plus, Akiko is more consistent than either Laura and Kiira. But I would love to see Laura win this!

    Last edited by MikiAndoFan#1; 09-17-2010 at 05:44 PM.

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    I just came from IN, after watching Jonathan Cassar again (he caught my eye during 2010 Nationals), and I'll be cheering on Jonathan to do well here. He has a lovely lyrical quality to his skating, though he does need to get his jumps together, but performance wise he's a looker. Such a softness & beauty to his skating accompanied with those soulful eyes and the grace of a gazelle.

    Lol, and yes, what a showdown it will be between the two Russian men!! (8^o Who wants it more...

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    Cannot wait to hear about the Kerr's programs. So glad they are continuing to compete this season.

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    I'm looking forward to how Biryukova will do in her probably first major international competition.

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