Bela Papp

Bela Papp (born 9 March 1994) is a Finnish figure skater. He is the 2011 Finnish national champion. Selected to compete at four consecutive World Junior Championships, he qualified twice for the free skate.

Bela Papp
Papp at the 2011 Worlds
Personal information
Country representedFinland
Born (1994-03-09) 9 March 1994
Kuopio, Finland
ResidenceBurnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
CoachBruno Delmaestro, Kelly Champagne
Former coachJoanne McLeod, N. Wilson, C. Chanski, A. Kopylov
ChoreographerTom Dickson
Skating clubHermes, Kokkola
Training locationsCoquitlam, British Columbia
Began skating2000
ISU personal best scores
Combined total163.62
2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic
Short program54.91
2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic
Free skate108.71
2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

Personal life

Bela Papp was born on 9 March 1994 in Kuopio, Finland.[1] His mother, Ulla, is a figure skating coach, and his siblings—Beata, Bettina, Benjam—have all competed in the sport.[1] He relocated to British Columbia, Canada in July 2007.[2] As of 2014, he is a student at Simon Fraser University.[3]


In the 2007–08 season, Papp was sent to Lake Placid, New York to compete at his first ISU Junior Grand Prix event. After winning the Finnish national junior title, he was assigned to the 2008 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria but did not qualify for the free skate. The following season, Papp repeated as the Finnish junior champion. He was eliminated before the free skate again at the 2009 World Junior Championships but was successful at the 2010 World Junior Championships in The Hague, Netherlands, where he finished 24th.

In the 2010–11 season, Papp won the Finnish national title on the senior level. He was assigned to the 2011 World Junior Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, where he placed 22nd, and the 2011 World Championships in Moscow, where he was eliminated after the preliminary round. Surgery on the L5 bilateral pars in his lower back kept him out of competition in the 2012–13 season.[3]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Hotel California
  • Thunder
    by Nuttin' But Stringz
  • Tango
  • Butterflies and Hurricanes
    by Muse
  • Triplets of Belleville
    by Ben Charest
  • La Valse D'Amelie
    by Yann Tiersen
  • Dramatico
    by Edvin Marton
  • Satori Mix
    by Kodo
  • Stobe's Nanafushi
  • Scorchio
    by Bond
  • The Godfather soundtrack
    by Nino Rota
  • Acoustic Alchemy
  • The Netting Hill
  • Satori Mix
    by Kodo
  • Stobe's Nanafushi
  • Scorchio
    by Bond

Competitive highlights

CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
World Champ.20th P
CS Finlandia15th16th
CS Autumn Classic13th
CS U.S. Classic8th10th
Bavarian Open11th
Finlandia Trophy15th
Nebelhorn Trophy23rd
Volvo Open Cup21st
International: Junior[8]
World Jr. Champ.29th30th24th22nd
JGP Australia13th
JGP Austria17th
JGP Germany16th
JGP Romania14th
JGP U.K.11th
JGP U.S.12th13th
Finnish Champ.4th J1st J1st J3rd J1st3rd3rd5th5th2nd
J = Junior level; P = Preliminary round
Papp did not compete in the 2012–13 season.


  1. "Bela Papp: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014.
  2. Mittan, Barry (30 June 2008). "Papp Has Pop". Skate Today.
  3. Stevens, Ryan (13 August 2014). "Interview With Béla Papp". SkateGuard.
  4. "Bela Papp: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012.
  5. "Bela Papp: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 7 September 2009.
  6. "Bela Papp: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 6 June 2009.
  7. "Bela Papp: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007.
  8. "Competition Results: Bela PAPP". International Skating Union.
  9. "Bela Papp". Finnish Figure Skating Association. Archived from the original on 22 April 2015.

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