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Petri Kokko (figure skater)

Petri Kokko (figure skater)

Finnish figure skater
Petri Kokko (figure skater)
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Quick Facts

Intro Finnish figure skater
Is Dancer Manager Ice dancer Athlete
From Finland
Type Business Dancing Sports
Gender male
Birth 21 February 1966, Helsinki, Helsinki sub-region, Uusimaa, Southern Finland Regional State Administrative Agency
Age 54 years
Residence Outokumpu
Family
Spouse: Susanna Rahkamo
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Biography

Petri Kokko (born 21 February 1966) is a Finnish former competitive ice dancer. He competed with Susanna Rahkamo, his future wife. With Rahkamo, he is the 1995 European champion, 1995 World silver medalist, and competed in the Winter Olympics twice.

Skating career

Initially interested in hockey, Kokko began figure skating at age 14 to improve his skating skills. His first partner was Virpi Kunnas.

Rahkamo/Kokko formed their partnership in 1985 and moved to Oberstdorf, Germany to train with Martin Skotnický. Their first major international event was the 1986 European Championships, where they finished 18th. In 1990, they reached the top ten at the European and World Championships for the first time.

In the 1991–92 season, Rahkamo/Kokko won the silver medal at the 1991 Skate America and placed sixth at the 1992 Winter Olympics. The following season, they won gold at the 1992 Skate Canada International and bronze at the 1993 European Championships. They were fourth at the 1993 World Championships.

In 1993–94, Rahkamo/Kokko stood atop the podium at Piruetten. They placed fourth at the 1994 European Championships and at the 1994 Winter Olympics. They ended their season with a bronze medal at the 1994 World Championships.

At the 1995 European Championships, Rahkamo/Kokko became Finland's first European champions in figure skating — their country's next European title came in 2009 when Laura Lepistö won the ladies' singles event. They went on to win the silver medal at the 1995 World Championships. Their quickstep original dance from the 1994–95 season was adapted into a compulsory dance/pattern dance. It was ratified in June 2008 as the Finnstep.

Rahkamo/Kokko turned professional in 1995 and performed in ice shows until 2000. They made an appearance on Enigma's music video for Beyond the Invisible.

Later life

Rahkamo and Kokko married in 1995 and have two children, Max born in 2001 and Camilla in 2003. Kokko has a master's degree from the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. He became the program manager at a sports television channel in 2001 and Nike Finland's managing director in 2003. He was appointed country manager for Google Finland in 2006, worked as global director of Google Inc. at Googleplex in California for two years from November 2009, and then became a director in Germany.

Programs

(With Rahkamo)

Season Original set pattern
/ Original dance
Free dance Exhibition
1994–95
  • Borsalino
    by Claude Bolling
  • Yesterday
  • A Hard Day's Night
    by The Beatles
  • The Psalm
    (12th century church music)
1993–94
  • Taboo
  • La Strada
    by Nino Rota
  • Primavera Porteña
    by Ástor Piazzolla
1992–93
  • Wein, Weib und Gesang
    by Johann Strauss II
  • Valse triste
    by Jean Sibelius
1991–92
  • Säkkijärven polkka
  • Mémoires
    by René Aubry
1990–91
  • Symphony No. 6
    by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
1989–90
  • Primavera Porteña
    by Ástor Piazzolla

Results

With Rahkamo

International
Event 85–86 86–87 87–88 88–89 89–90 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95
Olympics 6th 4th
Worlds 20th 20th 13th 6th 7th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd
Europeans 18th 18th 15th 12th 7th 8th 6th 3rd 4th 1st
Skate America 2nd
Skate Canada 1st
Int. de Paris 3rd
Golden Spin 6th
Moscow News 14th
Piruetten 1st
National
Finnish Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

With Kunnas

Event 1983–84 1984–85
Finnish Championships 1st 1st
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