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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."

Lepistö graduated from high school last spring and is now working a couple of hours a week in a local pre-school in Espoo.

Susanna Pöykiö is planning on making a comeback this season. She suffered a back injury last season and dropped out of the game. Now everything is on track and she's ready to start the new season.

Like all the Finnish ladies she would like to celebrate a medal at Europeans in Helsinki. "I'm satisfied if I can skate one knock-out competition this year," she said. "I haven't been competing since last December so I have done lots of run throughs in practice."

Jenni Vähämaa, who is 10 years younger than Pöykiö, has finally moved up to international senior level. She just started high school in Espoo and is perfecting her two new programs. Her new free program is to "West Side Story."

"I haven't seen the movie; I have to borrow it before Finlandia Trophy," she said.

Both Vähämaa and Lepistö spent two weeks in Boston over the summer, and Vähämaa said they had a lot of fun with the Americans. They also trained in Tallinn, Estonia with Anna Levandi and Anne Schelter in the off-season.