Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Kiira Korpi Season Start Delayed Finnish Star Suffering from Unknown Ailment

It seems that Kiira Korpi will not begin her competition season at Finlandia Trophy in Vantaa (Oct. 9-12).

Korpi is suffering from an as yet undiagnosed ailment. Her legs have not recovered from hard training and she has now developed a fever to add to her woes. Korpi is being treated in Tampere by several sports injury specialists.

After an excellent training program in June, July and August almost everything has gone wrong since.

Her troubles began in late August when Korpi had to take four weeks off from training. She returned to the ice one week ago, but the situation is still unstable and she is unable to do any triple jumps.

Coach Maaret Siromaa is extremely concerned about her student’s health. Korpi is behind schedule with her training and with the Grand Prix season drawing closer and closer every day, things are not looking good.

In other news from Finland, Laura Lepistö claimed silver at Nebelhorn Trophy last weekend. Lepistö has a new short program, “Imagined Oceans,” choreographed by Maria McLean. She is keeping her free program from last year. "I didn't skate a clean free program in Germany, but I'm very confident,” Lepistö said. “The season has just started so I have time to polish up my programs."

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