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    Quote Originally Posted by Sara View Post
    No, you're wrong. I'm too lazy to summarize the discussion from the other thread but basically Finland simply considers the present judging system better, saying that the alternative system would not solve the problems of transparency, controversies etc.
    Which problems of transparency does anonymous judging solve or improve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YLFan View Post
    Finland is right next to Saint Petersburg so you will hear a lot of Ross see ya

    No we won't. There is hardly any Russian spectators at Finlandia Trophy for example. And I think the tickets will be too expensive for them anyways.

    We Finns like to root all of the skaters no matter where they come from. That is one of the reasons why they like to skate at Finlandia Trophy. The atmosphere at the rink is very welcoming and warm!
    And I would like to remind you and some other posters that it's extremely offensive to read these kind of comments about cheering Russians etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mafke View Post
    Which problems of transparency does anonymous judging solve or improve?
    Neither of the two alternatives is a solution to the existing problems. My personal opinion is that the non anonymous judging system would be better tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glam View Post
    No we won't. There is hardly any Russian spectators at Finlandia Trophy for example. And I think the tickets will be too expensive for them anyways.

    We Finns like to root all of the skaters no matter where they come from. That is one of the reasons why they like to skate at Finlandia Trophy. The atmosphere at the rink is very welcoming and warm!
    And I would like to remind you and some other posters that it's extremely offensive to read these kind of comments about cheering Russians etc.
    I don't think it's offensive what YLFan wrote (I think he/she only meant that as Finland is close to St.Petersburg, there will be skating fans coming to Helsinki to cheer for Russians at Worlds). But I agree that it's not a "home event for Russia". Anyway, let's try not to start a debate on the Finnish-Russian relations

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sara View Post
    I don't think it's offensive what YLFan wrote (I think he/she only meant that as Finland is close to St.Petersburg, there will be skating fans coming to Helsinki to cheer for Russians at Worlds). But I agree that it's not a "home event for Russia". Anyway, let's try not to start a debate on the Finnish-Russian relations
    Yeah I don't really know what glam means by "offensive" either. You'd have to be pretty fragile to get too worked up about anything that's been said on this board so far....

    Anyways, there was a large Russian fan contingent in Helsinki in 2012 when Finland hosted the World Ice Hockey Championships. I saw lots of Russian team jerseys on people around town. I think plenty of Russian fans will come for the skating, too! Plus, Finlandia Trophy is not really a good example - of course there aren't many Russian spectators in the audience, there aren't many spectators PERIOD! Barona was almost empty when I went.

    With Stockholm hosting the Euro champs next year too, it's a great time to be a skating fan in the Nordic countries! I was thinking of taking the ferry to Sweden for Euros next year but I might just pitch my pennies and go to Helsinki Worlds instead

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    Why do I have to leave the Nordic next months such a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalloryArcher View Post
    Yeah I don't really know what glam means by "offensive" either. You'd have to be pretty fragile to get too worked up about anything that's been said on this board so far....

    Anyways, there was a large Russian fan contingent in Helsinki in 2012 when Finland hosted the World Ice Hockey Championships. I saw lots of Russian team jerseys on people around town. I think plenty of Russian fans will come for the skating, too! Plus, Finlandia Trophy is not really a good example - of course there aren't many Russian spectators in the audience, there aren't many spectators PERIOD! Barona was almost empty when I went.

    With Stockholm hosting the Euro champs next year too, it's a great time to be a skating fan in the Nordic countries! I was thinking of taking the ferry to Sweden for Euros next year but I might just pitch my pennies and go to Helsinki Worlds instead
    Me too, I'm planning to go to Stockholm for Euros! Perhaps even to Tallinn for Junior Worlds if I'm free. So great that the Nordic and Baltic region gets to host many skating events.

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    Disappointed for Glasgow, but happy for Helsinki. I've visited Finland several times, and I can say it is a beautiful country with trees practically everywhere, and friendly people. Helsinki itself is a lovely, clean city and the food from the stalls down at the quayside is OMG DELICIOUS...

    Regarding Finlandia and attendance... I think things might be a bit different if Hanyu and/or Lipnitskaia show up there again - their popularities have sky-rocketed in the last year...!

    eg. The hotel where the skaters and judges usually stay, is booked solid for the Finlandia weekend, and has been for quite some time (it didn't happen so fast, so early before).

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    Quote Originally Posted by YesWay View Post
    Disappointed for Glasgow, but happy for Helsinki. I've visited Finland several times, and I can say it is a beautiful country with trees practically everywhere, and friendly people. Helsinki itself is a lovely, clean city and the food from the stalls down at the quayside is OMG DELICIOUS...

    Regarding Finlandia and attendance... I think things might be a bit different if Hanyu and/or Lipnitskaia show up there again - their popularities have sky-rocketed in the last year...!

    eg. The hotel where the skaters and judges usually stay, is booked solid for the Finlandia weekend, and has been for quite some time (it didn't happen so fast, so early before).
    Hopefully Finlandia will pick up a bit and attract more top-level skaters. The first time I went was in 2011, when it was still in Tikkurila, and there were essentially no big-name skaters (Euros or Worlds medalists) in the mens and ladies discipline. At least dance had Tessa and Scott. Last year was considerably better, but still...

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