Stunning Performance by Trans Figure Skater at Opening Ceremony of the European Figure Skating Championships Goes Viral (Video)
The opening ceremony of the European Figure Skating Championships in Espoo, Finland went viral this week after stunning videos of a 59-year-old man who late in life came out as a gender-neutral trans women’s figure skater were posted of him/her being the featured skater.
The skater, Minna-Maaria Antikainen, formerly known as Markku-Pekka Antikainen, left the opening ceremony audience speechless with his/her performance.
Another version with commentary.
Taitoluistelun EM-avajaiset, mitä ihmettä
Piti varmistaa Areenasta, kyllä se aito video on.#Espoo2023pic.twitter.com/lhlFNnhXGr
— Make Kulmahuoneesta (@kulmahuoneesta) January 26, 2023
Minna-Maaria Antikainen has performed before. Here he/she is skating while dressed as a Geisha. Watch at 4:30 for reaction to the score by the judges.
Taking the ice in 2019:
Taitoluistelija Minna-Maaria Antikainen, 56, on vahva mies ja upea nainen samassa kehossa. Tänään maailmanlaajuisesti vietettävän transihmisten muistopäivän kunniaksi erikoisartikkeli on nyt vapaasti kaikkien luettavissa. https://t.co/0nlOOUn0dd#TransDayofRemembrance#joensuupic.twitter.com/E9Uj8ySVcE
— Sanomalehti Karjalainen (@KarjalainenFi) November 20, 2019
Down on the farm:
59-year-old farmer Markku-Pekka Antikainen took up figure skating at age 50 and is now performing under the female name “Minna-Maaria” at the opening ceremony of the European Figure Skating Championships #Espoo2023, to mixed effect.https://t.co/BP4tkfL5UOhttps://t.co/3qgDdIMsW3pic.twitter.com/blQjSPwoRr
— ystrïya (we/us) (@yatakalam) January 28, 2023
Ballet class with the ladies:
A keynote speaker bio from a University of Jyväskylä event in 2020:
Minna-Maaria Antikainen: “The Rise like a Phoenix”
Minna-Maaria Antikainen, a lifelong trans person, came out of the closet at the age of 43. (S)he was the chair of the Finnish transvestite association Dreamwear Club in 2009 – 2015. Since 2014 (s)he has been an adult figure skater and an adult ballet dancer. In 2016, (s)he was the first competitor in the unofficial Adult Figure Skating World Championships who performed in female outfit in men’s series. Currently, Minna-Maaria practices figure skating and ballet in several sport clubs and groups six times per week.
The press release for the opening ceremony of the European Figure Skating Championships made clear the event was focused on equality and diversity to include people who can’t
Source: The Gateway Pundit