Kiira will turn 26 in September.
Her competitive record:
2012-2013 1, 3
2011-2012 5, 6
2010-2011 1, 4
2009-2010 8, 2
2006-2007 6, 7
Since Helsinki is bidding for 2017 Worlds, I'd imagine that would make a good retirement spot, or even if Stockholm wins the bid--close enough for a lot of Finnish fans to be there and her sponsors would like her visibility in Sweden (remember she went to Japan for Finnair this year even though she wasn't competing). Although that's only one year away from the Olympics and she's one of the more popular foreign skaters in Korea...
Originally Posted by anyanka
Two words: Julia Sebestyen. Never give up on anyone.
Originally Posted by sky_fly20
As for fresh, young, and beautiful, I think Korpi qualifies for this description. Twenty-six is "old" only in the world of figure skating, but not when it comes to beauty. Korpi doesn't take a back seat to anyone in that department. And her jumps seem pretty solid, too. Go, Kiira, as far as you can take it!
Good news. So long she's happy and feel like competing, go Kiira.
I think Kiira has a good chance of skating a career best at Worlds, if she reaches her top form. Yes, Russia is very strong, but who outside Russia is beyond her reach? Gold, Wagner, who else? She could finish Top 6 at Worlds and even Top 8 would be a personal best.
Originally Posted by pohatta
I think I'd have to say Kiira is making a comeback to what? She's a beautiful young woman but hasn't exactly torn up the ice in competition. She hasn't had a stellar career to come back to. But more power to her if she can.
She can come back to her "not so stellar career" whether to make it more stellar, to continue as it was, or just to stake a Finnish presence in FS.
Originally Posted by noskates
I still think she has more to offer, plus she's a solid jumper. I don't get the whole "retire once you're 24. you're too old to be skating. you're past your prime" thing. You'd think that more people would like to see older, well-rounded skaters. So good for Kiira for wanting to continue. And it would be wonderful if she could get to Helsinki and skate lights out.
Well Irina was also on another level, but eve if she doesn't get great results, it's always good to see such an elegant skater back on the ice
Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy
The only one you can legitimately say is beyond her reach is Edmunds, who is technically superior and more consistent. Zijun had an awful showing at Worlds. Meite is inconsistent and doesn't garner the PCS Korpi does. Kanako and Satoko get nailed by URs left right and centre.
Originally Posted by sky_fly20
Agreed. Although, I guess some people are threatened by a beautiful, blonde skater, and will say disparaging comments.
Originally Posted by SkateFiguring
We haven't even seen her skate yet.
Kiira's injury was to her Achilles tendon --- she's had this same injury in the past, and it can be quite painful. The pain tends to recur when strenuous activity is resumed. She hasn't really begun serious practice yet, so it remains to be seen if she will be able to make a successful comeback. She may or may not be able to get back all of her jumps, including the lutz, which she definitely needs to be competitive.