Helmi is a national team artistic gymnast from Finland, who started gymnastics at the age of four. She has represented Turun Urheiluliitto for all her career, but there is also a close co-operation with Tampereen Voimistelijat and their coach Igor Cherepov, and Helmi is also training in Tampere, when needed.
Early & youth years
Helmi's first coaches were Ammi and Roosa with whom she trained two years. After that, she changed under the coaching of her longtime coach and Olympic level judge Lisbet 'Lippe' Heino.
Her first competition was in Tuusula in October 2007. Thus the goal was to achieve more than thirty points, to get "a license" to compete in class competitions, in which she succeeded and finished 14th. Two weeks later in her first "real" competition in Helsinki, she finished 5th. After that, she has won dozens of medals and trophies from pre-junior level competitions.
At the age of twelve in May 2013, Helmi was old enough to compete in the Junior Finnish Championships. Because of a minor injury in her ankle, she was forced to ease her floor routine, but she still managed to take bronze on all-around and gold on beam. In 2014 she took gold in all-around and floor among with bronze on beam. Because of suffering a lot of injuries in her last junior year, she had only a few weeks of steady training before Finnish Championships. Despite this, she took gold on beam, and silver medals in all-around, on bars and on floor.
Due to two shoulder injuries, she was unable to compete at all in her first year on the senior level. In 2017 she got silver on floor and bronze both on beam and in all-around. In 2018 she took her first senior all-around title, and also bronze on bars. Unfortunately, on floor exercise, she fell on her last tumbling line and finished fourth with her otherwise hit routine.
Helmi's first international appearance was in Mälar Cup 2012, Stockholm, where she finished fourth on floor. A year later, she won the floor final. In 2014 she was selected to Finnish team for European Championships, but could not attend due to an injury.
She has one team gold, three bronzes and one personal silver on floor and bronze on beam in Nordic Championships. In 2013 she was by far the youngest member of the Finnish Team in the Northern European Championships in Lisburn, and in 2017 she won gold on uneven bars when Northern Europeans were in Tórshavn.
In 2017 she participated her first World Challenge Cup in Szombathely. She made a promising international senior debut being 11th on bars and 14th on beam. Three weeks later in Montreal, she finished 42th on bars and 54 in all-around in World Championships. In March 2018 she attended her first World Cup at Baku, where she was 10th on floor. In European Championships held in Glasgow 2018 she badly injured her ankle ligaments in the last training, and could only attend to the bars with an easier routine.