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Kiira Korpi

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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.

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. In Finland her nickname is Jääprinsessa (Ice Princess) due to her resemblance to Grace Kelly, the former Princess of Monaco. Writing for GoldenSkate.com in 2008, Barry Mittan described her as "widely regarded as the most beautiful woman in figure skating".

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

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

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