Tugba Karademir has represented her country in many international events. Her home Club is Kocaeli Belediyesi Kagitspor. Her first international competition was in the Netherlands. She was 8 years old at the time and won a gold medal at this competition 3 years running. She won the gold medal in the Balkan Games when she was 10 in 1995. After these early successes Tugba and her family realized that she was not improving at the rate she was before and decided to search for training options. The conditions in Turkey were not ideal for a young figure skater to succeed at an international level. They decided to leave everything behind and move to a country with a very strong background in skating. They relocated the family to Canada where they began a new life. Tugba had a good start in Canada, she picked The Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie, Ontario as her training site. However, a year later she injured her lower back and was forced to stay off the ice for a year. She got back on the ice in 2000. She won the Central Ontario Jr Ladies title in 2000 Oct 9-11 2000 and she finished 5th in Canadian Nationals and earned herself a spot on the Canadian Jr. National Team. She chose to resign a few months later to continue to represent her native country of Turkey. She was assigned to compete in her first Jr. Grand Prix in Phoenix in 2001 which was cancelled because it was scheduled for the week following the tragic events of September 11th . Her second Jr. Grand prix was in Poland but she was again unable to compete because she broke her ankle while doing a triple flip on the very last practice before the competition. This ankle injury also kept her out of the qualifying rounds for the Salt Lake City Olympics. In the Past year she has made major leaps towards achieving her goals in this sport. She finished 13th in the European Championships, she carried her country’s flag at the Opening Ceremonies in the Olympic Games and made to the finals finishing 21st. She followed her great performances at the Olympics with 2 more clean programs and finished 18th at the World Championships in Calgary, Canada. It was an amazing experience for her to skate so well in front of an audience in Canada as she makes her home here.
2010 European Championships 12th 2010 Olympics 24th 2010 World Championships 28th 2009 European Championships 10th 2009 World Championships 21st 2008 Aegon Challenge 2nd 2008 European Championships 11th 2007 Golden Spin Zagreb 5th 2007 Skate America 9th 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy 11th 2007 World Championships 27th 2007 European Championships 10th 2007 UniversityWinter Games 14th NHK Grand Prix 10th Skate Canada Gr. Prix 11th Karl Schafer 11th Thornhill Summer Skate 2006 2nd 2006 World Championships 18 2006 Winter Olympics21st 2006 European Championships 13th Karl Schafer 2005 9th Detroit Skate 2005 2nd 2005 Worlds Championships 27th 2005 European Championships 19th Karl Schafer 2004 4th 2005 Ondrej Nepela @ Slovakya 4th Figure8 autumn Skate 2004 1st Golden Skate of Zagreb 2004 17th 2004 World Championships 35th 2004 European Championships 23rd Karl Schafer 2003 9th Golden Skate of Zagreb 2003 17th 2003 World Championships 30th 2003 European Championships 27th Octoberfest 2002 5th Spring Skate 2002 4th 2002 European Championships 27th Nebelhorn Trophy 2002 11th Golden Spin 2002 7th Canadian National Championships 5th Central Ontario Section Trophy 1st Several Medals In Local Canadian competitions National Championship 1997 2nd Balkan Games, Belgrade 1996 2nd National Championships 1996 2nd National Championships 1995 1st Balkan Games 1995 1st 1993-1995 3 times Netherland 1st Several Medals In Turkish nationals 1st For more about Tugba go to http://www.tugbakarademir.org/ 5dreams.panasonic.net/tugba_karademir/