Matthias Versluis

Matthias Versluis (born 18 July 1994) is a Finnish figure skater. Competing in ice dancing with Juulia Turkkila, he has won three international medals and the 2019 Finnish national title. As a single skater, he is the 2014 Finnish national champion and competed in the final segment at two ISU Championships.

Matthias Versluis
Turkkila/Versluis in 2018
Personal information
Country representedFinland
Born (1994-07-18) 18 July 1994
Genolier, Switzerland
ResidenceHelsinki, Finland
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
PartnerJuulia Turkkila
CoachMaurizio Margaglio
Former coachStefan Zins, Tiiu Valgemäe
ChoreographerPasquale Camerlengo, Massimo Scali
Former choreographerTamara Selin, Sergei Atashev, Maria McLean
Skating clubSC Helsinki
Former skating clubMyllypuron taitoluisteluklubi
Training locationsHelsinki
Former training locationsEspoo
Began skating2002
ISU personal best scores
Combined total168.34
2019 European
Short program67.18
2019 European
Free skate102.11
2019 World

Personal life

Versluis was born on 18 July 1994 in Genolier, Switzerland,[1] to a Finnish mother and Dutch father.[2] He moved to Finland with his family when he was six months old.[2] As of 2018, he is studying physiotherapy.[3]

Career

Early career

Versluis began learning to skate in 2002.[1] Tiiu Valgemäe coached him early in his career.[4] In 2008, he debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series, coached by Virpi Horttana, Sara Lindroos, and Arja Veijola.[4] He competed at the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships, qualifying for the free skate at both events.[5]

In December 2013, Versluis won the senior men's title at the 2014 Finnish Championships.[6] He was selected to compete at the 2014 European Championships but withdrew due to a knee injury, sustained in training on 9 January 2014.[7] His coaches were Virpi Horttana, Kati Perokorpi, and Henna Hietala.[8] By 2015, he was being coached by Stefan Zins.[9]

On 1 April 2016, the Finnish Figure Skating Association reported that Versluis had teamed up with Juulia Turkkila to compete in ice dancing.[10]

2016–2017 season: Debut of Turkkila/Versluis

Making their international debut, Turkkila/Versluis placed sixth at the NRW Trophy in November 2016. Later that month, they finished 13th at their first ISU Challenger Series assignment, the 2016 CS Tallinn Trophy. In December, they took the silver medal behind Cecilia Törn / Jussiville Partanen at the 2017 Finnish Championships. In February, they represented Finland at the 2017 Winter Universiade, finishing eighth.

2017–2018 season

Turkkila/Versluis competed at a pair of Challenger Series competitions – placing 10th at the 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy and 15th at the 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy – and then finished 13th at the International Cup of Nice. In November, they won bronze at the Ice Challenge in Austria. In December, they repeated as national silver medalists, again finishing second to Törn/Partanen.

2018–2019 season

Turkkila/Versluis began their season with three Challenger Series events – they finished sixth at the 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy, seventh at the 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy, and sixth at the 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy. In October, the duo won silver at the Minsk-Arena Ice Star. In November, they debuted on the Grand Prix series, placing sixth at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki, and then took bronze at the Warsaw Cup. The following month, they became the Finnish national champions and were selected to compete at the 2019 European Championships in Minsk, Belarus, where they placed eleventh. They then competed at their first World Championships, placing sixteenth.

2019–2020 season

Turkkila sustained a neck injury in a practice session at the 2019 CS Lombardia Trophy, compelling the team to withdraw from the competition. They subsequently also withdrew from the 2019 CS Finlandia Trophy and the 2019 Rostelecom Cup, their Grand Prix assignment for the year.[11]

Programs

Ice dancing with Turkkila

Season Rhythm dance Free dance
2019–2020
[12]
2018–2019
[1][3]
Short dance
2017–2018
[13]
  • Beautiful Maria Of My Soul
    by Arne Glimcher, Robert Kraft
  • Afro Bongo
    by Watazu
  • De Donde Soy
    performed by Thalía
2016–2017

Single skating

Season Short program Free skating
2013–2014
[8]
  • Infiltrado
    by Bajofondo
  • Grand Guignol
    by Bajofondo
2012–2013
[14]
  • Infiltrado
    by Bajofondo
  • Grand Guignol
    by Bajofondo
2011–2012
[15]
  • Two Weeks Notice
    by John Powell
2009–2010
[16]
2008–2009
[4]
  • Primavera Tango
    by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Concerto in E major, Op 8
    La Primavera III Allegro
    by Antonio Vivaldi

Competitive highlights

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

Ice dancing with Turkkila

International[17]
Event 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds16th
Europeans11th
GP Finland6th
GP Rostelecom CupWD
CS Finlandia15th6thWD
CS Lombardia10th6thWD
CS Ondrej Nepela7th
CS Tallinn Trophy13th
Universiade8th4th
Bavarian Open11th6th3rd
Cup of Nice13th
Egna Trophy5th
Ice Challenge3rd
Ice Star2nd
NRW Trophy6th
Open d'Andorra5th
Warsaw Cup3rd
National
Finnish Champ.2nd2nd1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

Single skating

International[5]
Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16
EuropeansWD
CS Finlandia11th
CS Golden Spin20th
CS Nepela Trophy6th
Challenge Cup7th
Finlandia Trophy14th12th10th
Golden Bear1st
Lombardia Trophy4th
Nordics5th8th4th
NRW Trophy23rd7th16th
Printemps5th
Volvo Open Cup13th
International: Junior[5]
Junior Worlds21st19th
JGP Austria13th
JGP Belarus9th
JGP Czech Rep.20th
JGP Estonia12th
JGP Germany11th
JGP Latvia17th
JGP Poland9th
JGP U.K.11th
Challenge Cup7th
Cup of Nice14th
EYOF4th
Gardena5th
Nordics3rd5th
NRW Trophy3rd2nd
International: Novice[5][18]
Copenhagen1st
Nordics1st
Warsaw Cup1st
National[5]
Finnish Champ.3rd J4th J2nd J5th J1st J2nd2nd1st4th3rd
J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

References

  1. "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019.
  2. Jokinen, Leena (17 December 2011). "Nurmenkari niukassa johdossa". is.fi (in Finnish). Archived from the original on 13 November 2018.
  3. "Q & A: Juulia Turkkila & Matthias Versluis". ice-dance.com. 20 December 2018.
  4. "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 June 2009.
  5. "Competition Results: Matthias VERSLUIS". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 July 2016.
  6. Pusa, Ari (16 December 2013). "Matthias Versluis taitoluistelumestari ennätyspistein" [Matthias Versluis wins national title with record score]. Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish).
  7. "Versluis loukkaantui - EM-kisat jäävät väliin" [Versluis injured, out of European Championships] (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. Suomen Tietotoimisto. 11 January 2014.
  8. "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014.
  9. "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
  10. "Juulia Turkkila ja Matthias Versluis jäätanssipariksi" [Juulia Turkkila and Matthias Versluis team up for ice dancing] (in Finnish). Finnish Figure Skating Association. 1 April 2016.
  11. Skating Finland [@SkatingFinland] (1 October 2019). "Juulia Turkkila-Matthias Versluis announced today: "Unfortunately we have to postpone the start of our competitive season due to Juulia's neck injury. We hope to be back soon and stronger than ever." Get well soon but be patience with the recovery! 💛" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  12. "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2019/2020". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 September 2019.
  13. "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.
  14. "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 March 2013.
  15. "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012.
  16. "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 September 2010.
  17. "Competition Results: Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 January 2019.
  18. "Matthias VERSLUIS". rinkresults.com.
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