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tommyboy74

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Mika Koivuniemi retiring from bowling full-time
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:47:22 PM »
The following was posted on Mika's official facebook page earlier today:

Ok here is the real story. I will stop bowling full time. I was very lucky to get the opportunity to be head coach of UAE. My plan was to keep bowling at least until the end of 2016, but who knows if then I could have gotten the opportunity like I got now!!
I've been battling with injuries long time with my back. But this year also my left knee has been pretty bad,and I feel I didn't bowl any tournaments without pain! So that made my decision much easier, especially when UAE will let me bowl tournaments when they aren't at the same time when they have championship tournaments.
So my plan is to rehab my body while staying in Dubai and hope I don't need surgery. After getting stronger I am very happy to bowl few tournaments hopefully without pain!!
Right now I am in Munich and start my qualification for Track Open tomorrow,what I won last year! It's great place to end my full time Pro bowler career!!
I know already I will be missing competition but not so much traveling...
That's all for now....
Cheers!!


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He's one of the best in the world at what he does.  I wish him the best with his new coaching opportunity with the UAE team and hope he heals up soon.
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Re: Mika Koivuniemi retiring from bowling full-time
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2015, 10:25:31 PM »
Well its great that he can transition.  I really liked him as pro, as well as person!!  Hope to see him on TV again someday.
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Re: Mika Koivuniemi retiring from bowling full-time
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2015, 10:52:04 PM »
Thanks for the info .. he was great to watch .. think he's making a smart move .. good luck Mika!
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Re: Mika Koivuniemi retiring from bowling full-time
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2015, 10:53:23 PM »
One of the most underrated performers ever on Tour. Not sure if he has 10 titles or not but either way he should be a first ballot HOF'er

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Re: Mika Koivuniemi retiring from bowling full-time
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2015, 11:57:03 PM »
Money must be really good on that side of the world, cause my friend just cancelled her wedding to pursue a new career in marketing design(?) there in Dubai. Likewise she said the bowling center looks like a hotel lol....

Good luck and get healthy.... So he's leaving Michigan but his family stays??
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Re: Mika Koivuniemi retiring from bowling full-time
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2015, 01:18:22 AM »
Noooo the legendary big Finn !!!! Whose gonna keep my mang Chris Barnes competitive!!!

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Re: Mika Koivuniemi retiring from bowling full-time
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2015, 07:05:27 AM »
Well its great that he can transition.  I really liked him as pro, as well as person!!  Hope to see him on TV again someday.

+1. I got the chance to talk to Mika for the first time this year. Great guy.

Wish him the best of luck!

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Re: Mika Koivuniemi retiring from bowling full-time
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2015, 11:14:15 AM »
I lost to Mika in the 2000 Masters while he was on his way to his first major.  Didn't know much at all about him at the time, but watching him make adjustments on a pair that turned really tough during the match was incredible.