Emmi Peltonen

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Emmi Peltonen
2018 EC Emmi Peltonen 2018-01-18 16-21-58 1516308299.jpg
Personal information
Country representedFinland
Born (1999-11-19) 19 November 1999 (age 19)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Home townHelsinki, Finland
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
CoachSirkka Kaipio, Rafael Arutyunyan
Former coachVirpi Horttana
ChoreographerMark Pillay
Skating clubEVT
Former skating clubEspoo SC
Training locationsHelsinki
Began skating2002
ISU personal best scores
Combined total172.02
2018 Finlandia Trophy
Short program60.48
2018 Finlandia Trophy
Free skate111.54
2018 Finlandia Trophy

Emmi Peltonen (born 29 November 1999) is a Finnish figure skater. She is a two-time Finnish national champion and finished in the top ten at the 2018 European Championships. She represented Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Peltonen was born on 19 November 1999 in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] She has two brothers, twins Aleksi and Jesper (one year older) and a sister, Nelli (six years younger).[2] Their Finnish parents – Hanna, a former figure skater, and Ville Peltonen, a former ice hockey player – had moved to the United States due to his contract with the NHL's Nashville Predators franchise.[2] The family returned to Finland a few years later. Her paternal grandfather, Esa Peltonen, is also a retired professional ice hockey player.[2]


Early years[edit]

Peltonen received her first skates when she was two years old, and began learning to skate in 2002.[1][2] She began competing on the advanced novice level at international events in the 2011–2012 season. She won the novice gold medal at the 2013 Nordic Championships.

2013–2014 season: Junior international debut[edit]

Peltonen debuted on the junior international level in the 2013–2014 season. She won the junior silver medal at the Finnish Championships and Nordic Championships, both times finishing second to Jenni Saarinen.

2014–2015 season[edit]

Virpi Horttana coached Peltonen at Espoo Skating Club in Espoo, Finland.[3] Her ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) debut came in August 2014; she finished 9th at her assignment in Courchevel, France. Competing on the senior level at the Finnish Championships, she placed 8th in the short program, 4th in the free skate, and 4th overall.

2015–2016 season: Senior international debut[edit]

In 2015–2016, Peltonen was coached by Sirkka Kaipio in Helsinki and Järvenpää, and by Rafael Arutyunyan in California. She placed 15th at her sole JGP assignment, in Linz, Austria.

Making her senior international debut, Peltonen placed 10th at the Finlandia Trophy, a Challenger Series (CS) event in October 2015. She did not compete at the Finnish Championships in December but took the junior bronze medal at the Nordic Championships a couple of months later.

2016–2017 season[edit]

During the summer, Peltonen trained with Arutyunyan in California.[2] In August, she placed 5th at her JGP assignment in Saint Gervais-les-Bains, France. She then competed at several senior internationals, finishing 12th at the CS Finlandia Trophy, 14th at the Volvo Open Cup, and 6th at the CS Warsaw Cup.

In December 2016, Peltonen won the senior gold medal at the Finnish Championships in Tampere,[4] having outscored silver medalist Jenni Saarinen by eight points. She was named in Finland's team to the 2017 European Championships in Ostrava.[5] Ranked 14th in the short program and 9th in the free skate, she finished 11th overall in the Czech Republic.

Peltonen competed at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, but did not advance to the free skate, having placed 29th in the short program.

2017–2018 season[edit]

In September 2017, Finland qualified a spot in the ladies' event at the 2018 Winter Olympics, due to Viveca Lindfors' result at the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy. In December, Peltonen won her second consecutive national title, finishing ahead of the silver medalist (Lindfors) by a margin of 4.22 points.

In January, Peltonen placed 11th in the short program, 8th in the free skate, and 9th overall at the 2018 European Championships in Moscow, Russia; she was Finland's top lady at the event, finishing 11 points ahead of Lindfors. On 24 January 2018, the Finnish Olympic Committee selected Peltonen to compete at the Olympics.[6]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Papa, Can You Hear Me?
    (from Yentl)
    by Michel Legrand
  • Woman
    by Album Blanc
  • Asturias (Leyenda)
    by Isaac Albéniz


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

Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 20th
Worlds 29th
Europeans 11th 9th
GP Finland 9th
CS Alpen Trophy WD
CS Finlandia 10th 12th 11th 5th
CS Lombardia 11th
CS Nebelhorn WD
CS Tallinn Trophy TBD
CS Warsaw Cup 6th
FBMA Trophy 1st
Santa Claus Cup 4th
Volvo Open Cup 14th
International: Junior[9][10]
Junior Worlds WD
JGP Austria 16th
JGP France 9th 5th
Dragon Trophy 3rd
Hellmut Seibt 3rd
Ice Challenge 5th
Challenge Cup 3rd
Nordics 2nd WD 3rd
NRW Trophy 18th
Volvo Open Cup 9th
International: Advanced novice[10]
Coupe Printemps 2nd
Dragon Trophy 1st
Nordics 1st
NRW Trophy 8th
Finnish Champ. 2nd J 4th 1st 1st
J = Junior level
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c "Emmi Peltonen: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Piilonen, Teijo (7 October 2016). "Ville Peltosen Emmi-tytär, 16, tähtää maailman huipulle – lopetti koulun yläasteen jälkeen" [Ville Peltonen's daughter Emmi, 16, is aiming for the top]. Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish).
  3. ^ a b "Emmi Peltonen: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 May 2015.
  4. ^ Smolander, Riikka (18 December 2016). "Ville Peltosen Emmi-tytär kruunattiin jääkuningattareksi SM-kisoissa" [Ville Peltonen's daughter Emmi crowned Finnish figure skating champion]. Yle (in Finnish). Archived from the original on 19 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Suomen EM-kisajoukkue Tsekin Ostravaan 25.-29.1.2017 on valittu" [Finnish team to the European Championships in Ostrava] (in Finnish). Finnish Figure Skating Association. 21 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Mika Kojonkoski vastasi taitoluistelun valintakohuun: "Täysin selvä tapaus"" [Mika Kojonkoski on figure skating: "A completely clear case"]. Iltalehti (in Finnish). 24 January 2018. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Emmi Peltonen: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Emmi Peltonen: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 10 April 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Emmi Peltonen". International Skating Union. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Emmi Peltonen". tracings.net. Retrieved 19 December 2016.

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