Finnish figure skater Kiira Korpi was born on 26 September 1988 in Tampere, Finland.
In our household, we have always thought Kiira was one of the most graceful and elegant of the ladies skaters, and also one of the most glamorous and charming.
We saw her "live" at Finlandia Trophy 2012, and she seemed such a nice personality too - after the competition, there were literally hundreds of children clamouring for her autograph all around the rink. She was still wearing her performance outfit, and must have been cold - but she stayed out there til she'd gotten to all them - over an hour I think.
I thought that year was going to be her best season ever - she started the GP so well with Bronze in China and gold in Russia. She was the first Finnish skater to reach the GPF and came 4th. But alas, she had to withdraw from the European championships and World's with injury.
And this season 2013-2014, she still hasn't been able to compete due to ongoing injuries. I am hoping that she will be back for 2014-2015, because if not... I am very much afraid she will just retire instead. I think that would be a sad loss, not just for Finland, but for skating generally.