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.
Turkkila/Versluis in 2018
|Born||3 November 1994|
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|Former coach||Tarja Sipilä, Tilu Valgemäe|
|Choreographer||Pasquale Camerlengo, Massimo Scali|
|Former choreographer||Shae Zukiwsky, Maria McLean, Igor Lutikov, Olga Tkachenko, Pirjo Kuha|
|Skating club||Helsingin Luistelijat|
|ISU personal best scores|
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 life
- 2 Career
- 3 Programs
- 4 Results
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Juulia Turkkila was born on 3 November 1994 in Helsinki, Finland. At age six, she began training in ballet at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. After graduating from secondary school, she decided to study economics at Aalto University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Tarja Sipilä coached Turkkila at Helsingin Luistelijat figure skating club in Helsinki.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ice dancing with VersluisEdit
|Season||Rhythm dance||Free dance|
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
Ice dancing with VersluisEdit
|GP Rostelecom Cup||WD|
|CS Ondrej Nepela||7th|
|CS Tallinn Trophy||13th|
|Cup of Nice||13th|
|TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew|
|CS Warsaw Cup||6th|
|Cup of Nice||8th||21st|
|Volvo Open Cup||3rd|
|Ice Challenge||5th J||3rd J|
|Warsaw Cup||9th N|
|Finnish Champ.||4th J||1st J||2nd||2nd||1st||3rd|
|Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior|
- "Competition Results: Juulia TURKKILA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 July 2016.
- "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019.
- "Q & A: Juulia Turkkila & Matthias Versluis". ice-dance.com. 20 December 2018.
- "Juulia TURKKILA". rinkresults.com.
- "Suomen taitoluistelijoille taas takaisku: Nyt loukkaantui Juulia Turkkila" [Finnish figure skater]. Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 22 October 2014.
- Pusa, Ari (20 January 2016). "Taitoluistelija Juulia Turkkila loukkaantui jälleen – jo toinen kausi peräkkäin piloille" [Figure skater Juulia Turkkila]. Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish).
- "Juulia TURKKILA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 May 2016.
- "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.
- 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.
- "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2019/2020". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 September 2019.
- "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.
- "Juulia TURKKILA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 May 2015.
- "Juulia TURKKILA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 June 2014.
- "Juulia TURKKILA: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 July 2013.
- Halonen, Lena (4 January 2013). "Juulia Turkkila: "I think I am ready"". Absolute Skating.
- "Juulia TURKKILA: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012.
- "Juulia TURKKILA: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011.
- "Competition Results: Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 January 2019.