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Korpi grabs skating silver

Finland’s Kiira Korpi achieved her best showing yet late Saturday, placing second at the European Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield, England. Her near-perfect Free Programme was set to George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”.

Though she touched the ice with a gloved hand after a triple salchow and was slightly unsteady on a triple toe-triple toe, Korpi seemed to overcome the nerves that have denied her top rankings in the past. The 23-year-old’s previous best achievements were bronze medals at the Europeans in 2007 and 2011.

Italian stalwart Carolina Kostner, 24, won by a wide margin, though, scoring 183.55 points to the Finn’s 166.94. Close on Korpi’s heels was Georgia’s Elene Gedevanishvili with 165.93 points.

“This is the first time I’ve had to be more nervous after competing than beforehand,” a relieved Korpi told YLE afterwards.

Skating first of the last group of top finalists, she had to wait through a series of other performances to find out if she would retain her second-place ranking from Friday’s Short Programme. Four-time European champion Kostner was first then as well.

Another Finn, Juulia Turkkila, 17, scored 130.33 points with a respectable free skate. She ended up in 17th place out of 28 competitors, down slightly from her 15th-place rank on Friday.

No Finns placed in the top 10 of the men's figure skating contest.

However Finland's Mika Poutala placed fifth in the men's 500-metre race at the world sprint speed skating championships in Calgary, Canada. South Korea's Lee Kyou-hyuk won that event on Saturday.

Video: Korpi's Free Programme

Video: Turkkila's Free Programme

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