Thursday, September 18, 2008

Susanna Rahkamo is still an innovator

As ice dancers, Susanna Rahkamo and Petri Kokko from Finland, made their way up the competitive ranks they became known as innovators. At a time where their sport was largely known for its "protocol judging," they managed to climb from 20th place at the 1987 World Figure Skating Championships to the silver medal in 1995 (winning gold at Europeans). They did it by presenting creative programs, which they further expanded during a five-year professional career. At the ISU Congress earlier this year, the Congress ratified a new compulsory dance called the Finnstep, based on the quickstep original dance Rahkamo and Kokko performed during their final competitive season. So it seems fitting that eight years after skating their final performances, Rahkamo is still immersed in the world of originality as a business consultant. She is a leadership consultant with a firm called Pertec, leading workshops in creativity and innovation.

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