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Italian Federation Files Protest on Kostner's Behalf

It turns out Carolina Kostner may not be quite as happy she originally said she was for Laura Lepistö who won the European ladies title in Finland earlier this month.

Immediately after the event, Kostner said, “I’m happy for Laura that she could win in front of her home crowd. This must be an amazing feeling. Next year the World Championships are in my hometown, so I hope I can do the same.”

Kostner went into the 2009 European Championships in Helsinki as the two-time and defending champion. After being dethroned by Lepistö the Italian Skating Federation filed a protest with the International Figure Skating Union.

Lepistö won the competition with an overall competition mark of 167.32 points to Kostner's 165.42. At question is a call by the technical panel that resulted in Kostner earning no points for a spin she performed in her long program.

Lepistö was first after the short program, while Kostner sat in third. The Italian star came back to win the free skating portion of the event. However, Kostner received no points for one of her spins because the panel ruled it was a combination spin, which she had already executed, instead of a sit spin. Her federation filed a protest with the ISU regarding the call.

On Kostner’s official web site, the following notice was posted by Kostner’s management group: “We would like to inform you that the complaint submitted by the Italian Skating Federation (FISG) to the ISU concerning the marks Carolina received by the technical panel for the long program at the European Figure Skating Championships has been accepted and will be discussed by the ISU commission. The Italian Skating Federations (FISG) will update us as soon as the ISU provides the official release with the final decision.

“A spin in Carolina’s long program was not counted — not because she made a mistake but because of a debatable interpretation of the rules, therefore the 'sit spin' was called a 'combination spin.'

"On Carolina's behalf, thank [you] everyone for your support!

“The Mancini Group — Carolina's management.”

In a reply to an email query seeking comment from Finland's figure skating federation and Lepistö, Mila Kajas, the press officer of the federaton, responded: "We at the Finnish Figure Skating Association have no comments on the complaint on Ms. Kostner´s case. As long as it is the matter of ISU, we do not have anything to comment [on]. Also Ms. Lepistö has no comments on this."

In response to a question about what whether or not the ISU had given the federation a timeline within which it would deal with the complaint, Kajas said: "We haven’t discuss with the ISU ... this case."

Emails to Kostner’s management group (seeking comment from Kostner and her manager), and the Italian federations were not responded to.


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