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Juulia Turkkila (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈjuːliɑ ˈturkkilɑ]; born 3 November 1994) is a Finnish figure skater. Competing in ice dancing with Matthias Versluis, she has won three international medals and the 2019 Finnish national title.

Juulia Turkkila
2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki Juulia Turkkila Matthias Versluis 2018-11-02 20-13-00 (2).jpg
Turkkila/Versluis in 2018
Personal information
Country representedFinland
Born (1994-11-03) 3 November 1994 (age 25)
Helsinki, Finland
ResidenceHelsinki, Finland
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
PartnerMatthias Versluis
CoachMaurizio Margaglio
Former coachTarja Sipilä, Tilu Valgemäe
ChoreographerPasquale Camerlengo, Massimo Scali
Former choreographerShae Zukiwsky, Maria McLean, Igor Lutikov, Olga Tkachenko, Pirjo Kuha
Skating clubHelsingin Luistelijat
Training locationsHelsinki
Began skating2001
ISU personal best scores
Combined total168.34
2019 European
Short program67.18
2019 European
Free skate102.11
2019 World

As a single skater, she is the 2012 Nordic champion and 2014 Finnish national champion. She competed in the final segment at eight ISU Championships, achieving her best result, 12th, at the 2014 Europeans.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Juulia Turkkila was born on 3 November 1994 in Helsinki, Finland.[2] At age six, she began training in ballet at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.[3] After graduating from secondary school, she decided to study economics at Aalto University.[3]

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Turkkila began learning to skate in 2001.[2] She made her junior international debut at the Nordic Championships in February 2010.[4]

2010–2011 seasonEdit

Turkkila placed 16th at the 2011 World Junior Championships, 15th at the 2011 European Championships, and 20th at the 2011 World Championships. She won the bronze medal at the 2011 Nordics.

2011–2012 seasonEdit

 
Turkkila at the 2012 Worlds

Turkkila won the silver medal at the 2012 Finnish Championships, behind Kiira Korpi. She placed 17th at the 2012 European Championships, 19th at the 2012 World Junior Championships, and 18th at the 2012 World Championships. She won the gold medal at the 2012 Nordics.

2012–2013 seasonEdit

Turkkila placed 6th at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy, and 9th at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy. She won the silver medal at the 2013 Finnish Championships, again finishing second to Kiira Korpi. She was 17th at the 2013 European Championships but was eliminated from the 2013 World Championships after placing 31st in the short program.

2013–2014 seasonEdit

Turkkila placed 7th at the 2013 Finlandia Trophy, and 14th at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy. She won the gold medal at the 2014 Finnish Championships. She was 12th at the 2014 European Championships, her best result at the Europeans this far. She did not reach the final at the 2014 World Championships, placing 29th in the short program.

2014–2015 seasonEdit

Turkkila participated at the 2014 Finlandia Trophy where she placed 7th and at the 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy where she placed 6th. On 22 October 2014, it was reported that she had a season-ending injury.[5]

2015–2016 seasonEdit

Turkkila returned to competition in 2015, placing 5th at the Lombardia Trophy. She was 10th at the 2015 Nebelhorn Trophy and 14th at the 2015 Finlandia Trophy. In December 2015, Turkkila won the bronze medal at the Finnish Championships. On 20 January 2016, the Finnish Figure Skating Association reported that her season was over due to a groin strain.[6] Tarja Sipilä coached Turkkila at Helsingin Luistelijat figure skating club in Helsinki.[7]

On 1 April 2016, the Finnish Figure Skating Association reported that Turkkila had teamed up with Matthias Versluis to compete in ice dancing.[8]

2016–2017 season: Debut of Turkkila/VersluisEdit

Making their international debut, Turkkila/Versluis placed sixth at the NRW Trophy in November 2016. Later that month, they finished 13th at their first ISU Challenger Series assignment, the 2016 CS Tallinn Trophy. In December, they took the silver medal behind Cecilia Törn / Jussiville Partanen at the 2017 Finnish Championships. In February, they represented Finland at the 2017 Winter Universiade, finishing eighth.

2017–2018 seasonEdit

Turkkila/Versluis competed at a pair of Challenger Series competitions – placing 10th at the 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy and 15th at the 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy – and then finished 13th at the International Cup of Nice. In November, they won bronze at the Ice Challenge in Austria. In December, they repeated as national silver medalists, again finishing second to Törn/Partanen.

2018–2019 seasonEdit

Turkkila/Versluis began their season with three Challenger Series events – they finished sixth at the 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy, seventh at the 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy, and sixth at the 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy. In October, the duo won silver at the Minsk-Arena Ice Star. In November, they debuted on the Grand Prix series, placing sixth at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki, and then took bronze at the Warsaw Cup. The following month, they became the Finnish national champions and were selected to compete at the 2019 European Championships in Minsk, Belarus, where they placed eleventh. They then competed at their first World Championships, placing sixteenth.

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Turkkila sustained a neck injury in a practice session at the 2019 CS Lombardia Trophy, compelling the team to withdraw from the competition. They subsequently also withdrew from the 2019 CS Finlandia Trophy and the 2019 Rostelecom Cup, their Grand Prix assignment for the year.[9]

ProgramsEdit

 
Turkkila at the 2012 World Championships

Ice dancing with VersluisEdit

Season Rhythm dance Free dance
2019–2020
[10]
2018–2019
[2][3]
Short dance
2017–2018
[11]
  • Beautiful Maria Of My Soul
    by Arne Glimcher, Robert Kraft
  • Afro Bongo
    by Watazu
  • De Donde Soy
    performed by Thalía
2016–2017

Single skatingEdit

Season Short program Free skating
2015–2016
[7]
2014–2015
[12]
  • Gabriel's Oboe
    (Whispers in a Dream)
    by Ennio Morricone, Hayley Westenra
2013–2014
[13]
  • La gazza ladra
    by Gioachino Rossini
2012–2013
[14][15]
  • The Firebird
    by Igor Stravinsky
2011–2012
[16]
  • Scheherazade
    by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
2010–2011
[17]
  • Happy Valley
    by Andy Hill, Vanessa-Mae
2009–2010
  • Don Quixote
    by Ludwig Minkus

ResultsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Ice dancing with VersluisEdit

International[18]
Event 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds 16th
Europeans 11th
GP Finland 6th
GP Rostelecom Cup WD
CS Finlandia 15th 6th WD
CS Lombardia 10th 6th WD
CS Ondrej Nepela 7th
CS Tallinn Trophy 13th
Universiade 8th 4th
Bavarian Open 11th 6th 3rd
Cup of Nice 13th
Egna Trophy 5th
Ice Challenge 3rd
Ice Star 2nd
NRW Trophy 6th
Open d'Andorra 5th
Warsaw Cup 3rd
National
Finnish Champ. 2nd 2nd 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

Single skatingEdit

International[1]
Event 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16
Worlds 20th 18th 31st 29th
Europeans 15th 17th 17th 12th
CS Finlandia 7th 14th
CS Nebelhorn 6th 10th
CS Warsaw Cup 6th
Challenge Cup 6th
Cup of Nice 8th 21st
Finlandia Trophy 6th 6th 7th
Lombardia Trophy 5th
Nebelhorn Trophy 9th 14th
Nordics 3rd 1st 5th
Skate Helena 1st
Volvo Open Cup 3rd
International: Junior[1]
Junior Worlds 16th 19th
JGP Estonia 13th
JGP Germany 10th
JGP Poland 13th
Ice Challenge 5th J 3rd J
Nordics 5th J
Warsaw Cup 9th N
National[1]
Finnish Champ. 4th J 1st J 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Competition Results: Juulia TURKKILA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Q & A: Juulia Turkkila & Matthias Versluis". ice-dance.com. 20 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Juulia TURKKILA". rinkresults.com.
  5. ^ "Suomen taitoluistelijoille taas takaisku: Nyt loukkaantui Juulia Turkkila" [Finnish figure skater]. Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 22 October 2014.
  6. ^ Pusa, Ari (20 January 2016). "Taitoluistelija Juulia Turkkila loukkaantui jälleen – jo toinen kausi peräkkäin piloille" [Figure skater Juulia Turkkila]. Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish).
  7. ^ a b "Juulia TURKKILA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Juulia Turkkila ja Matthias Versluis jäätanssipariksi" [Juulia Turkkila and Matthias Versluis team up for ice dancing] (in Finnish). Finnish Figure Skating Association. 1 April 2016.
  9. ^ Skating Finland [@SkatingFinland] (1 October 2019). "Juulia Turkkila-Matthias Versluis announced today: "Unfortunately we have to postpone the start of our competitive season due to Juulia's neck injury. We hope to be back soon and stronger than ever." Get well soon but be patience with the recovery! 💛" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2019/2020". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Juulia TURKKILA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Juulia TURKKILA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Juulia TURKKILA: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 July 2013.
  15. ^ Halonen, Lena (4 January 2013). "Juulia Turkkila: "I think I am ready"". Absolute Skating.
  16. ^ "Juulia TURKKILA: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Juulia TURKKILA: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011.
  18. ^ "Competition Results: Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 January 2019.

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