Tuğba Karademir

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Tuğba Karademir
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Karademir at the 2008 Skate America.
Personal information
Full name Tuğba Karademir
Country represented  Turkey
Born (1985-03-17) March 17, 1985 (age 30)
Residence Barrie, Ontario
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Coach Robert Tebby
Former coach Doug Leigh
Choreographer Kurt Browning
Former choreographer Jean-Pierre Boulais
Skating club Kocaeli Kağıtspor
Retired July, 2010
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 138.73
2008 Europeans
Short program 53.88
2010 Europeans
Free skate 89.84
2006 Worlds

Tuğba Karademir (born on March 17, 1985 in Ankara, Turkey), is a Turkish Canadian former figure skater. She was the flag-bearer for Turkey at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where she placed 21st.


Karademir started skating at the age of 5, with her kindergarten class, right after the first ice rink opened in Turkey in 1990. At eight years old she competed for the first time internationally for Turkey. In 1995, she won a gold medal at a novice competition at the Balkan Games and a silver medal in the Netherlands.

Turkey had only one ice rink then, and no professional skating coaches. In 1996 her parents decided to move the family to Canada, where she could train seriously. She began training with Robert Tebby at the Mariposa School of Skating.

At the 2006 European Figure Skating Championships, Karademir placed 13th. She then went on to become the first figure skater from Turkey to compete in the Olympic Winter games. She was the flag bearer for Turkey during the opening ceremony. She scored a personal best of 44.2 points in the short program. Combined with her 79.44 points in the free program, she placed 21st overall with a total of 123.64 points.

At the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships, Karademir placed 18th with her highest finish to date at that event. In the long program, she finished 16th, giving her the 18th overall finish.

At the 2007 European Figure Skating Championships she achieved a new personal best in her short program and placed 10th overall.

In June 2006, Tuğba Karademir was transferred by the Kocaeli Kağıtspor.[1]

At the 2010 Winter Olympics she received a total score of 129.54, with 50.74 in the short program and 78.80 in the free skate.


In Turkey, Karademir's father, Tayfun, was a restaurateur and her mother, Sabite, worked in the aerospace industry. Upon relocating to Barrie, Ontario, Canada, they initially took on menial jobs to pay for Karademir's training.[2] While in Barrie, Tugba was enrolled at a local public school, Allandale Heights. She speaks Turkish and English fluently.

Competitive highlights[edit]


Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Winter Olympic Games 21st 24th
World Championships 35th 27th 18th 27th 27th 21st 28th
European Championships 23rd 19th 13th 10th 11th 10th 12th
Skate America 9th 11th 12th
Skate Canada 11th
NHK Trophy 10th
Golden Spin of Zagreb 17th 9th 5th 4th
Ondrej Nepela Memorial 4th 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 11th 14th
Winter Universiade 14th 11th
Karl Schäfer Memorial 9th 4th 9th 11th
Int. Challenge Cup 2nd


Event 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
World Championships 30th
European Championships 27th 27th
Turkish Championships 1st 2nd 2nd
Canadian Championships 5th J.
Nebelhorn Trophy 11th
Golden Spin of Zagreb 7th
Balkan Games 1st 2nd 2nd
J. = Junior level


External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Atakan Alaftargil
Flagbearer for  Turkey
Turin 2006
Succeeded by
Kelime Çetinkaya