Clara Peters

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Clara Peters
2012 WFSC 05d 023 Clara Peters.JPG
Peters at the 2012 World Championships
Personal information
Country represented  Ireland
Born (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 25)
Essen, Germany
Home town Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)
Coach Karen Ludington, Jeff DiGregorio
Former coach Ron Ludington, Kerry Leitch
Choreographer Karen Ludington
Skating club Dundalk Ice Skating Club
Training locations Newark, Delaware
Began skating 1999
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 125.98
Ukrainian Open 2013
Short program 39.51
Mentor Nestle Nesquik Torun Cup 2014
Free skate 86.61
Ukrainian Open 2013

Clara Peters (born 19 July 1991) is an Irish figure skater. She is the first figure skater to represent Ireland in ISU competition.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Peters was born in Germany because her parents were working there at the time.[2] She moved to Ireland when she was 18 months old and was raised in Dublin.[2]


Peters began skating in Dublin around the age of seven.[3] After her rink closed in 2000, she travelled two and a half hours to one in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[4][5] In January 2006, Peters moved to Florida to be coached by Kerry Leitch.[5] After Leitch retired in 2008, she moved to Delaware to train with Ronald Ludington and his wife Karen.[2][5] The Republic of Ireland has no permanent rink.[6]

Peters initially competed in domestic events in Great Britain, placing ninth at the 2007 British novice championships. She began competing internationally for Ireland beginning in the 2008–09 season, when Ireland became a provisional member of the International Skating Union.

Peters placed 38th at the 2009 European Championships. At the event, she became the first skater to represent Ireland at an ISU Championships.[4] Peters placed 52nd at the 2009 World Championships, and 47th at the 2010 World Championships. She improved to 27th at the 2011 Europeans, but did not advance beyond the preliminary round at the 2011 World Championships. In 2012, Peters finished 28th at her fourth Europeans and improved significantly upon her past results by coming in 29th at Worlds; Peters stated that qualifying for the short program was "a huge deal" and meant that all her hard work had paid off.[7][8]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Rhapsody on Theme of Paganini
    by Sergei Rachmaninov
  • The Last Rose of Summer
    by Erich Künzel, Timothy Lees
  • Fantasia 2000


JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16
Worlds 52nd 47th 21st P 29th
Europeans 38th 36th 27th 28th
Crystal Skate 10th
Cup of Nice 22nd 22nd 28th
DS Cup 8th 10th
Challenge Cup 20th
FBMA Trophy 3rd
Istanbul Cup 9th
Torun Cup 7th
Merano Cup 19th 24th
Nebelhorn 32nd 19th 33rd
Printemps 11th
Seibt Memorial 29th
Skate Down Under 3rd
Triglav Trophy 9th 12th
Ukrainian Open 6th
US Classic 14th 12th
International: Junior[13]
JGP Czech Rep. 31st
JGP Spain 33rd
Irish Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
P = Preliminary round


  1. ^ Bőd, Titanilla (2009). "A long week in Helsinki". Absolute Skating. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Clara PETERS: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Russell, Chrissie (6 May 2010). "True Life: Meet Ireland's rising figure skating star". 
  4. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (9 March 2009). "Irish Lass Sur Le Glace". SkateToday. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Gillis, Sean (11 July 2012). "Clara Peters: On the Edge of a Dream". IFS Magazine. 
  6. ^ McGill, Kelly (22 September 2014). "Clara Peters: Little Feet Making A Big Mark". Womens Sports Journal. 
  7. ^ "2012 Worlds: Ladies Short Program". 
  8. ^ O'Connor, Colm (29 March 2012). "Success costly for Irish ice queen Clara". Irish Examiner. 
  9. ^ "Clara PETERS: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Clara PETERS: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Clara PETERS: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Clara PETERS: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 May 2009. 
  13. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Clara PETERS". International Skating Union. 

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