Saturday, January 30, 2010

ski like a girl: share the passion with Olympic figure skater, Tugba Karademir

Robel Teklemariam isn't the only one of the Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams athletes to have carried his country's flag in a Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony Parade of Athletes.  

In 2006 in Torino, fellow featured athlete, Tugba Karademir was also the flag-bearer for Turkey in the Winter Olympics.  She was called a natural choice, given her outgoing nature. In an article Article from her home town newspaper, Tugba is described as having a very bubbly personality. Perfect for the honor of representing her country in the opening ceremony.  In 2006 Tugba became the first Turkish figure skater to compete at the Olympic Winter Games.  Finishing in 21st place overall.

Carrying your nation's flag at an Olympic opening ceremony is considered one of sport's greatest honors.  The highlight of an athletic career. In her Panasonic One Winter, Five Dreams blog, Tugba writes about her experience at the Opening Ceremony.

"I had the honor of being the flag bearer for my country last time and I sincerely hope I will be granted to that honor again. Even thinking about the whole thing is so exciting, it puts tears of joy in my eyes and gives me goose bumps everyday since end of World Championships."

The Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for Feb. 12.  Who will be carrying the flag for Turkey?

2010 wil be the first time for a Winter Games opening ceremony to be staged indoors.  The Vancouver Winter Games will be the third time that Canada has hosted Olympics, the 1976 Montreal Summer Games and the Calgary Winter Games in 1988.

Join ski like a girl and support Tuba's dream.  Follow Tugba's journey as she prepares for her second bid at an Olympic Gold.

  • Leave messages of support and encouragement at her One Winter, Five Dreams blog

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p.s.  Only a few hours left to enter the Gold Blogger contest.  Win a trip to the Games and share in the passion of the Olympics with Tugba and the other One Winter Five Dreams featured athletes!

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