Susanna Pöykiö

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Susanna Pöykiö
Susanna Poykio Podium 2009 Europeans.jpg
Pöykiö in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Susanna Pöykiö
Country represented Finland
Born (1982-02-22) 22 February 1982 (age 35)
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 2 12 in)
Former coach Heidi Pöykiö
Berit Kaijomaa
Larissa Papchenko
Former choreographer Maikki Uotila-Kraatz
Victor Kraatz
Skating club Oulun Luistelukerho
Began skating 1985
Retired 2010
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 163.98
2005 Worlds
Short program 57.62
2006 Skate Canada
Free skate 106.99
2005 Worlds

Susanna Pöykiö (born 22 February 1982) is a Finnish former figure skater. She is a two-time European medalist (silver in 2005, bronze in 2009) and a five-time (2000, 2002, 2005–2007) Finnish national champion.


Pöykiö during the short program at the 2007 European Championships

Pöykiö began skating at age three, following in the footsteps of her elder sister, Heidi.[1][2]

At the 2001 World Junior Championships, Pöykiö became the first Finnish ladies' singles skater to medal at an ISU Championships.[3][4]

Pöykiö withdrew from the 2003 Finnish Championships after the short program due to illness.[5] An ankle injury kept her out of the 2004 Finnish Championships.[1]

At the 2005 Europeans, she became the first Finn to medal in ladies' singles at the European Championships.[6][7]

Pöykiö withdrew from the 2005 Skate Canada International due to bronchitis.[8] She competed at the 2006 Olympics, placing 13th. She left her long-time coach Berit Kaijomaa at the end of the season and began training in her hometown Oulu with her sister Heidi as her coach.[9]

Pöykiö won the bronze medal at the 2009 European Championships. Together with Laura Lepistö, it was the first time Finns claimed two spots on the European Championships podium.[10] She had back problems during her career and retired from competition in 2010.[11]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Sisu: Vanhoja poikia viiksekkäitiä
    (Legend of two old guys with a mustache)
    by Ilro Rantala, Pekka Kuusisto
  • Portrait: The Hours Suite
    Movement III The Secret Agent
    by Philip Glass
  • Scherzando from Cello Sonata in G minor
    by Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Melody on a Theme by Sergei Rachmaninov
    by Modest Altschuler
  • Allegro Scherzando from Piano Concerto No. 2
    by Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Flamenco
  • Piano Concerto
    by Sergei Rachmaninov
  • One
    by Apocalyptica
  • Medley
    by George S. Clinton
  • One Mint Tulip
    by Xavier Cuga
  • Girls Night Out
    by Mare Shalman
  • Romeo and Juliet
    by Nino Rota
  • Henry VIII
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Spellbound Concerto
    by Miklos Rosza
    London Promenade Orchestra
  • Mondo Exotica
  • Woodoo Dreams
    Orchestra Les Baxter
  • Violin Concertos: Movements 1 and 2
    by F. Peyer
  • Barber & Meyer Violin Concertos Movement I and II
    by Hilary Hahn

Competitive highlights[edit]

Pöykiö at the 2009 European Championships.
Event 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Olympics 13th
Worlds 11th 12th 8th 9th 8th 13th
Europeans 6th 9th 6th 2nd 7th 4th 3rd WD
GP Bompard 5th
GP Cup of China 8th 5th
GP Cup of Russia 4th
GP NHK Trophy 4th
GP Skate America 5th 5th 6th 11th
GP Skate Canada 9th 3rd WD 5th
GP Spark./Bofrost 8th 3rd
Bofrost (non-GP) 2nd
Finlandia 4th 6th 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 5th 10th
Nebelhorn 10th 15th
Nordics 6th J. 1st 2nd 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 3rd
JGP Final 6th
JGP Japan 11th
JGP Norway 1st
JGP Sweden 5th
JGP Ukraine 3rd
Gardena 2nd J.
Finnish Champ. 1st J. 1st 3rd 1st WD 1st 1st 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c "Susanna PÖYKIÖ: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. 
  2. ^ Osborne, Magdalena (2006). "Susanna Pöykiö - fit for fight!". Absolute Skating. 
  3. ^ a b "Susanna PÖYKIÖ: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 April 2001. 
  4. ^ Mittan, Barry (9 October 2002). "Susanna Poykio: Finland's Poykio Makes Skating History". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Susanna PÖYKIÖ: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 June 2003. 
  6. ^ a b "Susanna PÖYKIÖ: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 April 2005. 
  7. ^ "Weekend Sports Round-Up: Pöykiö and Manninen make Finnish sporting history". Helsingin Sanomat. January 2005. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Susanna PÖYKIÖ: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2006. 
  9. ^ a b "Susanna PÖYKIÖ: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 July 2007. 
  10. ^ "Laura Lepistö wins European title in front of ecstatic home audience". Helsingin Sanomat. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Kilpajäät vaihtuivat opintoihin" [Skater changed studies] (in Finnish). 30 November 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Susanna PÖYKIÖ: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Susanna PÖYKIÖ: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "Susanna PÖYKIÖ: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 January 2008. 
  15. ^ "Susanna PÖYKIÖ: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002. 
  16. ^ "Competition Results: Susanna PÖYKIÖ". International Skating Union. 

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