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    Jenni Saarinen

    Since Nicky Slater reckons that she is a star for the future, I thought I would get in early and start a fan thread for Jenni Saarinen!

    OK, so the fact that I have a specific question I want to ask about her might have something to do with it too...

    Ever since I saw Jenni’s name on the entry list for the 2013 Junior Worlds, I have been wondering something:

    Does anybody know if Jenni is in any way related to the (still much-missed) Finnish motorbike racer Jarno Saarinen?

    Jarno Saarinen was the 250cc World Champion in 1972, and is still the only Finn to win a tarmac motorcycle world championship. But he died the following year in a crash during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

    As I wasn’t born until 12 years after his accident, I don’t know anything about Jarno’s family. So, I don’t know if he managed to have any children, or if he had any siblings, that Jenni might be descended from.

    Now, I know from her ISU Bio that Jenni is originally from Espoo, while Jarno was from Turku. Although the 2 towns are 100 miles apart, that is not much in a country as large as Finland. So, it might be possible that they are related in some way.

    On the other hand, in a country with as small a population as Finland’s, it is possible that Saarinen is a very common surname! So, it might be just coincidence.

    I just don’t know enough about Finland to judge whether it is plausible.

    So, can anybody shed any light on the matter?

    Before I go, may I just congratulate Jenni on her results in Junior Worlds. She was the youngest girl in the competition, so to finish 14th overall out of such a big field was brilliant! Considering she is so young, her performances in both the Short (19th/45) and the Free (13th/24) were very impressive.

    OK, so she is not yet in the same league as Elena Radionova or Annabelle Prölß, who were born in the same year but are already big stars. But the potential is there...

    CaroLiza_fan

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    She does have a website altready

    http://www.jennisaarinen.netai.net/j.../index.php/en/

    It doesn't say anything about her family, but she won Jr Ladies at the Nordics this season.

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    Very nice to see that Jenni has been noticed in the JWC! She is a very talented young girl indeed. Jenni trains together with Kiira Korpi at Tappara skating club. What comes to her last name, Saarinen is extremely common name here in Finland and therefore I doubt that she is related to Jarno Saarinen. If you just google with "Saarinen", you can see how common name it is. Finland has several promising junior skaters. In my opinion Jenni is the most promising one but there's also Liubov Efimenko (born 1999) from Lahti who is extremely talented, as well as Lyydia Määttänen (born 1998) who trains with Jenni and Kiira.

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    Sara, Welcome to Golden Skate! Post long and often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sara View Post
    Very nice to see that Jenni has been noticed in the JWC! She is a very talented young girl indeed. Jenni trains together with Kiira Korpi at Tappara skating club. What comes to her last name, Saarinen is extremely common name here in Finland and therefore I doubt that she is related to Jarno Saarinen. If you just google with "Saarinen", you can see how common name it is. Finland has several promising junior skaters. In my opinion Jenni is the most promising one but there's also Liubov Efimenko (born 1999) from Lahti who is extremely talented, as well as Lyydia Määttänen (born 1998) who trains with Jenni and Kiira.
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    Thank you! I will try to keep the forum updated on Finnish skating news. Such a pity Kiira cannot participate in Worlds :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    She does have a website altready

    http://www.jennisaarinen.netai.net/j.../index.php/en/

    It doesn't say anything about her family, but she won Jr Ladies at the Nordics this season.
    Wow! I just had a look at the website, and that is a very impressive record she has! Nicky mightn't have been too wrong when he said she could be the next Kiira Korpi!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sara View Post
    Very nice to see that Jenni has been noticed in the JWC! She is a very talented young girl indeed. Jenni trains together with Kiira Korpi at Tappara skating club. What comes to her last name, Saarinen is extremely common name here in Finland and therefore I doubt that she is related to Jarno Saarinen. If you just google with "Saarinen", you can see how common name it is.
    Doh! I never actually thought of just searching for "Saarinen" in Google! Instead, I just went straight into Wikipedia and looked up Jarno, and then Jenni!

    But, I did the Google search there now, and I see what you mean about it being a common surname. I also did the same search in Wikipedia, and found that the "Saarinen" page had links to 18 people's Wikipedia pages listed on it. It now has 19, because I just added a link to Jenni's Wikipedia page!!! :D

    Motorbike racing has always been my first love, and it always will be. So, when I saw Jenni's surname in the entry list, the first thing that came into my head was Jarno. I knew it was a long shot, but curiosity just got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sara View Post
    Finland has several promising junior skaters. In my opinion Jenni is the most promising one but there's also Liubov Efimenko (born 1999) from Lahti who is extremely talented, as well as Lyydia Määttänen (born 1998) who trains with Jenni and Kiira.
    I just went onto YouTube and watched Liubov Efimenko's SP at the 2013 Nordics, as well as Lyydia Määttänen's FS at the 2012 Ice Star.

    Put it like this: if these 3 girls are anything to go by, Finland has nothing to worry about when Kiira follows Laura Lepistö into retirement!!! (Not that I hope that happens any time soon - I am a big Kiira fan. She is the most beautiful, graceful skater there has been in recent years. But, all good things come to an end, and I feel that it will not be long until Kiira takes that step. Especially since she is not going to Worlds this year...)

    All 3 of these girls do look very promising. But from what little of them I have seen, I would agree with your assessment that Jenni is the most promising.

    But, it is good to see that the future of Finnish skating is looking bright.

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    She is skating this week at Oberstdorf, Ill let you know how she did

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    Jenni won junior ladies in Nordics today. 149.78 points. I love her sp this year, flamenco style. She is going to junior worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex D View Post
    She is skating this week at Oberstdorf, Ill let you know how she did
    She won the Bavarian Open, scoring 136.14!

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    Jenni was third in the Volvo Open Cup. She even won the sp even though her bag with skates and the dress were missing. She was allowed to skate last in case they would arrive. There were only two skaters before her when she got her skates and dress and then won the sp. Well done!

    It was her second international senior competition and her first senior medal.
    Last edited by Sini; 11-12-2014 at 11:56 AM. Reason: More

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sini View Post
    Jenni was third in the Volvo Open Cup. She even won the sp even though her bag with skates and the dress were missing. She was allowed to skate last in case they would arrive. There were only two skaters before her when she got her skates and dress and then won the sp. Well done!
    Wow!!!!!

    Unfortunately, I got mixed up about what day the Volvo Open was starting, so I only saw the Free Skates LIVE. And I have not yet got caught up with the Shorts. So, I had no idea she had all this drama.

    To win the SP under those conditions just shows what a strong competitor Jenni is. I tell you, this girl is going to be somebody to watch out for in the future.

    Now that I've heard this, it was a shame that Jenni only managed 4th in the FS. But, let's be honest, nobody could have done anything about Kuchvalska's FS!

    WELL DONE JENNI!!!!

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    I wouldn't call myself a "fan" of Jenni - I haven't seen enough or know enough about her to become a fan. But she shows good potential, so I think of her as one to watch...

    ...and for those who are already fans, here's a few photos from when I did watch... at Finlandia Trophy last month --> CLICKY

    Official Finlandia SP video
    Official Finlandia FS video
    Interview at Finlandia

    She finished 5th with 144.16 points... her personal best!

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