Friday, January 22, 2010

ski like a girl is watching Tugba at the European Ice Skating Championships

Watch the graceful and beautiful Tugba Karademir as she skates her way into 10th place after the short program at the ISU European Ice Skating Championships. With her technical points she is ranked 5th! Tugba became the first Turkish figure skater in history to compete at the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, 2006. The 24-year-old skater knew after last year's world championships in March that she was bound for her second Olympics. Her 10th place finish in 2007 at the European Championships is the best placement of a Turkish figure skater in an ISU Championship so far.
Tugba started skating at age 5 as a part of her kindergarten activities when the first ice rink opened in Ankara, Turkey. She moved with her parents to Canada when she was 12 years old for better practice conditions. She was offered a chance to compete for Canada but chose to compete for her birthplace, Turkey. Some skaters she looks up to are Katarina Witt (GER), Kurt Browning (CAN), Steven Cousins (GBR), Jamie Sale and David Pelletier (CAN). Kurt Browning choreographed her current short program.

Click here to view Tugba's skating career results. She is steadily moving up in the rankings and is the perfect position heading into the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Tugba is one of the five athletes featured on Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams site. Follow her blog and leave her messages of support as she continues her journey to Vancouver for her second bid at an Olympic gold medal.
Congratulations Tugba! ski like a girl is rooting for you!
ski girl
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1 comment:

  1. At the end of the free program Tugba Karademir finished in 12th place in the European Figure Skating Championships with a total of 82.54 points.

    Tugba said that she believed she represented Turkey the best that she could. Her next destination is Vancouver for the Olympics where she hopes to place well. Tugba received a score of 35.74 for technical merit, and a score of 46.80 for artistic merit for a total of 82.54 and 121th place.