Finland has a long tradition in winter sports (see Blue Wings of February 2006).

This time around we have done rather poorly in the Winter Olympics. Many medal hopefulls have gone home empty handed.

But hold your horses! Finland has actually made a new acquisition: curling! Last night we beat the UK in the semifinals. Praise and joy…

Our team captain is Markku Uusipaavalniemi. Easy last name, right? No wonder BBC’s commentators just called him Markku.

In curling circles Uusipaavalniemi is actually known as either ”M-15” or ”U-15”, after the fifteen letters in his last name.

I guess I should consider myself lucky: Stubb might not be pretty, but at least it is fairly easy to pronounce in all languges.