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.
Turkkila/Versluis in 2018
|Born||18 July 1994|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Former coach||Stefan Zins, Tiiu Valgemäe|
|Choreographer||Pasquale Camerlengo, Massimo Scali|
|Former choreographer||Tamara Selin, Sergei Atashev, Maria McLean|
|Skating club||SC Helsinki|
|Former skating club||Myllypuron taitoluisteluklubi|
|Former training locations||Espoo|
|ISU personal best scores|
Versluis was born on 18 July 1994 in Genolier, Switzerland, to a Finnish mother and Dutch father. He moved to Finland with his family when he was six months old. As of 2018, he is studying physiotherapy.
Versluis began learning to skate in 2002. Tiiu Valgemäe coached him early in his career. In 2008, he debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series, coached by Virpi Horttana, Sara Lindroos, and Arja Veijola. He competed at the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships, qualifying for the free skate at both events.
In December 2013, Versluis won the senior men's title at the 2014 Finnish Championships. He was selected to compete at the 2014 European Championships but withdrew due to a knee injury, sustained in training on 9 January 2014. His coaches were Virpi Horttana, Kati Perokorpi, and Henna Hietala. By 2015, he was being coached by Stefan Zins.
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.
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.
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.
Ice dancing with Turkkila
|Season||Rhythm dance||Free dance|
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
Ice dancing with Turkkila
|GP Rostelecom Cup||WD|
|CS Ondrej Nepela||7th|
|CS Tallinn Trophy||13th|
|Cup of Nice||13th|
|TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew|
|CS Golden Spin||20th|
|CS Nepela Trophy||6th|
|Volvo Open Cup||13th|
|JGP Czech Rep.||20th|
|Cup of Nice||14th|
|Finnish Champ.||3rd J||4th J||2nd J||5th J||1st J||2nd||2nd||1st||4th||3rd|
|J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew|
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- "Q & A: Juulia Turkkila & Matthias Versluis". ice-dance.com. 20 December 2018.
- "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 June 2009.
- "Competition Results: Matthias VERSLUIS". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 July 2016.
- Pusa, Ari (16 December 2013). "Matthias Versluis taitoluistelumestari ennätyspistein" [Matthias Versluis wins national title with record score]. Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish).
- "Versluis loukkaantui - EM-kisat jäävät väliin" [Versluis injured, out of European Championships] (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. Suomen Tietotoimisto. 11 January 2014.
- "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014.
- "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
- "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.
- 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.
- "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2019/2020". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 September 2019.
- "Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.
- "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 March 2013.
- "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012.
- "Matthias VERSLUIS: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 September 2010.
- "Competition Results: Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 January 2019.
- "Matthias VERSLUIS". rinkresults.com.
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