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Two finns on the podium smile.gif. Actually 1,5. Maria is only half fin but close enough. We did not see any of it on tv or even on the internet here were we live. How was the race this year? A short clip on sports news gave me the impression the conditions were ok and the course very hard and icy.

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Two finns on the podium smile.gif. Actually 1,5. Maria is only half fin but close enough. We did not see any of it on tv or even on the internet here were we live. How was the race this year? A short clip on sports news gave me the impression the conditions were ok and the course very hard and icy.

How about Finland's Kiira Korpi winning the first ice skating gold GP-medal for Finland with a new record score in Paris? Good day for Finland!

 

 
 

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It was indeed a brilliant day for women.fi. Thanks for posting the video. Kiira is one in a million in many ways. Her talent and beauty is mind blowing. The performance brought tears to my eyes. The men on the other hand seems to be the complete opposite and had a bad day on sunday. Like a sertain WC ski jumper I will not mention by name giving the tv camera in Ruka a middle finger after a crappy jump and getting thrown out of the national team. Finally I might add...

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From that what I heard he was in Kuusamo as national package not as regular team. He's far from Matti, so he should first do something impressive and then try to act as Matti ;)

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I thaught he was on the team since they now expelled him and he will not be participating in any wc events this year. Here is a link for those who did not see it:

http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/makihyppy/uutiset.shtml/arkistot/makihyppy/2010/11/1232565

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Two finns on the podium smile.gif. Actually 1,5. Maria is only half fin but close enough. We did not see any of it on tv or even on the internet here were we live. How was the race this year? A short clip on sports news gave me the impression the conditions were ok and the course very hard and icy.


Watched the coverage on Eurosport UK (even though I'm in the USA - weird TV rights for the American races result in better viewing online).  Conditions were very good: solid snowpack of manmade and natural snow with a nice injection.  It was solid, but not what most of the European-based racers were accustomed to skiing (a lot of folks describing it as chalky, rather than glare/clear ice that is usually seen at Aspen in November).  The courses held up well for the entire field, meaning good points opportunities for late runners.  Aspen's race department does a great job with the course, and the fact that the skiing away from the race piste was also good certainly helped this year.

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Watched the coverage on Eurosport UK (even though I'm in the USA - weird TV rights for the American races result in better viewing online). 


If you can get access to Canadian network television (cable or satellite), CBC broadcasts most world cup races in HD.  It was great watching coverage of the men's opening DH and SG last weekend from Lake Louise on my 70" HD tv... like being there, but warmer biggrin.gif 

 

Looking forward to Birds of Prey this weekend.

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Two finns on the podium smile.gif. Actually 1,5. Maria is only half fin but close enough. We did not see any of it on tv or even on the internet here were we live. How was the race this year? A short clip on sports news gave me the impression the conditions were ok and the course very hard and icy.



 Hm, I think her dad is Swedish too, but with a Finnish last name. You might be able to find clips on SVT.se but I'm not sure if you can view them outside of Sweden.

 

I saw an interview with Maria afterwards. She has always had excellent technique during practice, but mentally she has not really coped very well with the competetive situation. She has worked a lot with that before this season. Much more aggressive than before now. Previously she was very nervous after inspecting the course, worrying how she would handle different parts. Now she does not even look at the course at all. She just takes it as it comes and tries to have fun. It will be intersting to follow her this season.

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