In a decision that some thought would have happened a year ago, five-time Finnish champion Kiira Korpi announced her retirement today in a post on her Instagram account. She has been dealing with injuries for the past three seasons, which have sidelined her since the 2012 Grand Prix Final.
And so when injuries kept her from appearing in her third Olympics last year, some figured she would not push for another comeback. But she did come back - in the second half of last season, starting with at win at Golden Spin and continuing with a strong fourth-place short program showing at Europeans. But she withdrew from the free skate there and subsequently failed to get out of the short program at Worlds with a 31st place finish.
Many saw last season as a first step to her full comeback, with her full repertoire of jumps still not fully-baked, and this season as the true return. But Korpi announced her retirement today, citing that her motivation to compete is no longer there. Her retirement is the last of the three strong women who have dominated Finnish skating for the past 15 years - five-time Finnish champ Susanna Poykio retired in 2010, and two-time Finnish champ and 2010 World bronze medalist Laura Lepisto retired in 2012.
Kiira Korpi competitive highlights
- 2012 European silver medalist
- 2007, 2011 European bronze medalist
- 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 Finnish champion
- Olympics: 16th (2006), 11th (2010)
- Grand Prix: 2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze