Kiira Korpi

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Kiira Korpi
Kiira KORPI Nebelhorn Trophy 2009 Podium-2.jpg
Korpi in 2009
Personal information
Full name Kiira Linda Katriina Korpi
Country represented Finland
Born (1988-09-26) 26 September 1988 (age 28)
Tampere, Finland
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[1]
Coach Carlos Avila de Borba
Former coach Rafael Arutyunyan, Vera Arutyunyan, Nadia Kanaeva, Maaret Siromaa, Susanna Haarala
Choreographer Shae-Lynn Bourne, Jeffrey Buttle
Former choreographer David Wilson, Nelli Petänen, Salome Brunner, Marwin Smith
Skating club Tappara FSC
Training locations Oberstdorf, Vierumäki
Former training locations Lake Arrowhead, California, Tampere
Began skating 1993
Retired 27 August 2015
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 177.19
2012 Rostelecom Cup
Short program 64.26
2010 Europeans
Free skate 115.64
2012 Rostelecom Cup

Kiira Linda Katriina Korpi (born 26 September 1988) is a Finnish figure skater. She is a three-time European medalist (bronze in 2007 and 2011, silver in 2012), the 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard champion, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup champion, a two-time Cup of China medalist, and a five-time Finnish national champion (2009, 2011–2013, 2015). She retired from competitive skating on August 27, 2015.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Korpi was born in Tampere, Finland. Her father, Rauno Korpi, coached the Finnish women's hockey team to a bronze medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics.[3] In Finland her nickname is Jääprinsessa (Ice Princess)[4] due to her resemblance to Grace Kelly, the former Princess of Monaco. Writing for in 2008, Barry Mittan described her as "widely regarded as the most beautiful woman in figure skating".[3]

In addition to her native Finnish, Korpi also speaks Swedish, English, and German.[3] She does pilates or Ashtanga yoga when she has time.[3][5]


Early career[edit]

Korpi began skating at the age of five, following her older sister.[3][6] She landed her first triple jump, a salchow, when she was 11 or 12.[3]

Korpi enjoyed some success as a junior skater, twice winning the junior national title and medalling at three junior Grand Prix events, including a gold in 2004. She won the silver medal at the 2005 Finnish Nationals, qualifying her for the 2005 European Championships, where she placed 13th; she then competed at the 2005 World Junior Championships, where she came in tenth, her best finish at the event.

The following season, Korpi remained on the ISU Junior Grand Prix, but placed 3rd at the 2006 Finnish Nationals, 6th at the 2006 European Championships, and then went on to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics where she finished in 16th place. Although she had placed 3rd at Nationals, the Finnish skating federation had used the results of the European Championships to determine the Olympic team. Korpi, despite being barely out of juniors, qualified with her finish.


Korpi at the 2009 Europeans

In the 2006–2007 post-Olympic season, Korpi made her senior Grand Prix debut. She placed 4th at the 2007 Finnish Nationals, then went to the 2007 European Championships and won the bronze medal, making her the second Finnish ladies' singles skater to ever win a European medal. She finished 14th at Worlds.

Early in the 2007–2008 season, Korpi suffered an esophagus infection, flu, and sinusitis, causing her to miss her first Grand Prix event.[3] Korpi was 5th at the 2008 European Championships. At the 2008 Worlds, she was 4th after the short program but had a poor long program and ended up in ninth place.

Korpi did not skate in the 2008–09 Grand Prix series. Later that season, she became the Finnish national champion, a title she had previously won on the junior level. She was again 5th at the European Championships and won the bronze medal at the 2009 Winter Universiade, her final event of the season.


The 2009–2010 season started well for Korpi, with podium finishes at the Nebelhorn Trophy and the Finlandia Trophy, as well as her first senior Grand Prix medal, a silver at the Cup of China. She was unable to defend her national title, however, finishing second behind Laura Lepistö. At the European Championships, she was in second after the short program, but her performance in the long program kept her off the podium.[7] Korpi was 11th at the 2010 Winter Olympics but only 19th a month later at the World Championships.


For the 2010–2011 season, Korpi decided to try new choreographers, and worked on her competitive programs with Shae-Lynn Bourne and David Wilson. She began the season at the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy, which she won for the first time in her career.[8] Her assigned events for the 2010–11 Grand Prix series were the NHK Trophy and the Trophée Eric Bompard. She placed fourth at the NHK Trophy, then won her first Grand Prix title at the Trophée Eric Bompard.[9] The combined results left her as the first alternate for the Grand Prix Final. Her next event was Finnish nationals, which she won for the second time in her career. Korpi won the bronze medal at the 2011 European Championships.[10]


In July 2011, Korpi injured the metatarsus in her foot, resulting in her withdrawal from the 2011 Japan Open and 2011 Finlandia Trophy.[11][12] She resumed practicing toe jumps in October and said they were going well but she did not feel they were completely ready for the 2011 NHK Trophy,[13] where she finished 6th. She was fifth at the 2011 Cup of Russia. She successfully defended her national title at the 2012 Finnish Figure Skating Championships in December.

Korpi won her third medal at the Europeans, finishing second behind Carolina Kostner despite hurting her upper leg a few weeks before the championships.[14] She withdrew from the 2012 World Championships two weeks prior to the event, citing lingering foot and hip injuries.[14][15]


Korpi and the other medalists at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup

Korpi began her season at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy, where she won the silver medal. She then won her third Grand Prix medal, a bronze, at the 2012 Cup of China. At the 2012 Rostelecom Cup, Korpi won the second GP title of her career and qualified for her first Grand Prix Final.[16] In doing so, she became the first Finnish figure skater to ever qualify for the final. She finished fourth at the event.[17] Korpi's next event was the 2013 Finnish Nationals, where she took the gold medal. Korpi withdrew from the 2013 European Championships due to inflammation in her left Achilles tendon.[18][19] She missed the 2013 World Championships for the same reason.


On 23 August 2013, Korpi confirmed a coaching change to Rafael Arutyunyan in Lake Arrowhead, California.[20][21] She was assigned to two Grand Prix events, the 2013 Skate Canada International and the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard, but had to withdraw from both due to an Achilles tendon injury sustained in September.[22] Carlos Avila de Borba became one of her coaches in December 2013.[23] After an operation in April 2014 due to necrosis, she wore a cast for six weeks and resumed training in late June.[23]


Korpi made her return to competition at the 2014 Golden Spin of Zagreb after a two-year hiatus due to injuries. She finished 4th in the short but moved up in the free skate to win the event. She won her fifth national title in December.[24] She competed at the 2015 European Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm,[25] placing fourth after the short program. However, Korpi withdrew from the competition before the free skate citing illness.[26] She placed a disappointing 31st at the 2015 World Championships.[27]


For the 2015-16 Grand Prix series, Korpi was initially assigned to compete at 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard.[28] However, her name was removed from the list of entries later.[29] On August 27, 2015, Korpi announced retirement from competitive skating at a press conference in Helsinki.[2]


Korpi at the 2012 Grand Prix Final
Korpi at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup
Korpi at the 2010 NHK Trophy
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • A Day in the Life
    by The Beatles
    covered by Jeff Beck
    choreo. by Jeffrey Buttle


  • Crooked Room
  • Passenger to Copenhagen
    (from Agatha)
    by Kerkko Koskinen
ABBA medley:
  • Phantasia
    by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sarah Chang

  • Nessun dorma
    by Giacomo Puccini
    performed by Vanessa-Mae
  • It's Oh So Quiet
    by Björk
  • Fantasie Impromptu
    by Frédéric Chopin
  • Spanish Caravan
    by The Doors

Competitive highlights[edit]

Korpi and her fellow medalists at the 2012 Europeans
The ladies' podium at the 2004 Junior Grand Prix in Germany

Event 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15
Olympics 16th 11th
Worlds 10th 14th 9th 19th 9th 31st
Europeans 13th 6th 3rd 5th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd WD
Grand Prix Final 4th
GP Bompard 8th 1st WD
GP Cup of China 2nd 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 4th 6th
GP Rostelecom 6th 4th 5th 1st
GP Skate America 7th
GP Skate Canada WD
CS Golden Spin 2nd 1st
Finlandia 1st 5th 3rd 2nd 2nd
Merano Cup 1st
Nebelhorn 2nd 1st
NRW Trophy 5th
Universiade 3rd
International: Junior[43]
Junior Worlds 19th 16th 10th
JGP Final 4th
JGP Estonia 3rd
JGP Germany 1st
JGP Hungary 6th
JGP Poland 3rd
JGP Slovakia 7th
JGP Slovenia 6th
Golden Bear 5th J.
Nordics 1st J.
Finnish Champ. 2nd J. 1st J. 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Team events[43]
Japan Open 2T
GP = Grand Prix; CS = Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP = Junior Grand Prix
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed Results[edit]

2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 23–29, 2015 2015 World Championships 31

January 26 – February 1, 2015 2015 European Championships 4
December 19–21, 2014 2015 Finnish Championships 1
December 4 – 6, 2014 2014 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 4
2012–13 season
December 14–16, 2012 2013 Finnish Championships 1
December 6–9, 2012 2012–13 Grand Prix Final 4
November 8–11, 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup 2
November 2–4, 2012 2012 Cup of China 4
October 4–7, 2012 2012 Finlandia Trophy 1
2011–12 season
January 23–29, 2012 2012 European Championships 2
December 16–18, 2011 2012 Finnish Championships 1


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External links[edit]

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