Kiira, Kiira, Kiira.…

Kiira, Kiira, Kiira.…

(Updated: image gallery 28.1.2011 at noon)

Yup, that’s it. That’s what I did today. And what I will do tomorrow. And the day after…

Sure, I will be covering some of the other events as well, but there is no question where the focus will be. Not that I am complaining — on the contrary. She is a pure joy to photo­graph — and I enjoy every minute of it.

One of my favorite athletes to work with — and I thought I make it a bit more personal by sharing one memory of her which will never be forgotten: 2009 and the Helsinki European Championships.

In front of the home audience she falls during her free program and hurts herself. The music fades out, she skates to her coach, brushing tears away… And in one or two minutes she manages to pull herself back together and restarts her program — and skates through it beautifully.

I was watching her and the coach talking to each other thru a 600mm lens… she was 20 years old at the time. I’ve seen Olympic medals lost and won in several games by numerous athletes, I have seen joy and despe­ration thru the lens in more venues I can remember…One tends to get used to it. But never, ever have I seen such mastery of emotions and concent­ration — by a fragile kid of barely 20 years old — in front of over 10 000 fans holding their breath, all the Tv-cams pointing at her…

Watching her thru my lens I had to adjust the shutter speed to prevent it from shaking — while trying to hold the tears back myself.

So, today she is 22.… and I really wish she makes it big over here. She would deserve it.


I made a small image gallery of my images - it will be updated daily. If you have an iPhone (or any smart phone) you might want to try the QR-code I put in my previous post.

2 Replies to “Kiira, Kiira, Kiira.…”

  1. Dear Kari! Let me say thank you for this post I just read. Underline and agree every single word of it. Kiira is a master­piece, she is as wonder­fully talented as beautiful. Most beautiful girl I ever seen in my life, with a face of an angel, able to draw feelings on the ice like no one else. Kiira is true delight for every photo­grapher, everyBODY. Sometimes I hear or read of somebody — ‘God must be so happy at the moment when he created this girl’ — and this is it this time, this time I know for sure whom this got to be addressed to. My heart was with her when she fell that day and got that injury. Hopefully she managed to recover by now… Strongest character, self-control, always wearing a friendly, warm smile. First time saw her perfor­mance live in Moscow this November and still keep bein’ excited about it. She just has to be a world champion and this day will come.

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