Oula Jääskeläinen

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Oula Jääskeläinen
Personal information
Full name Panu Oula Jääskeläinen
Country represented Finland
Born (1969-03-08) 8 March 1969 (age 45)
Espoo, Finland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Former coach Doug Leigh, Michelle Leigh, Annlisa Uotila
Former choreographer Michelle Leigh, Robert McCall
Former skating club Etelä Vantaan Taitoluisteljat
Former training locations Barrie
Retired 1994

Panu Oula Jääskeläinen (born 8 March 1969) is a Finnish former competitive figure skater. He is the 1992 Piruetten silver medalist, a two-time Nordic bronze medalist, and a five-time Finnish national champion. He represented Finland at the 1992 Winter Olympics.


Jääskeläinen was sent to ten European Championships from 1985 to 1994, achieving his best result, eighth, at the 1993 event in Helsinki.[2] He also competed at nine World Championships and reached his highest placement, 12th, at the 1991 event in Munich.[3] Jääskeläinen was selected to represent Finland at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and finished 19th.[4] During his career, he trained at the Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Jääskeläinen retired from competition in 1994 and then joined an ice show in Blackpool, England.[5] He also appeared on Strictly Ice Dancing, partnering with celebrity Carol Smillie. He began coaching in Cape Town, South Africa in around 2006 or 2007.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Jääskeläinen's sister, Anu Oksanen (née Jääskeläinen), is the head coach for the synchronized skating team Marigold IceUnity who are three-time world champions.[5][6]


Event 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94
Olympics 19th
Worlds 22nd 24th 23rd 22nd 24th 20th 12th 30th 16th
Europeans 16th 19th 12th 16th 16th 17th 12th 14th 8th 24th
Skate America 15th
Skate Canada 6th
Inter. de Paris 10th
NHK Trophy 10th
Piruetten 2nd
Nordics 3rd 3rd
Finnish Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b "Oula Jääskeläinen". Figure Skating Corner. 
  2. ^ Skatabase: 1990s Europeans
  3. ^ Skatabase: 1990s Worlds
  4. ^ "Oula Jääskeläinen". Sports Reference. 
  5. ^ a b c Kajas, Mila; Salmi, Anna (27 April 2008). "Oula Jääskeläinen coaching in South Africa". Finnish Figure Skating Association. 
  6. ^ "Marigold IceUnity". Fédération française des sports de glace. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  7. ^ "Yksinluistelu/Seniorit" [Finnish national champions] (in Finnish). Finnish Figure Skating Association. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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