Photo - I believe this is from the 2009 European Championships, where Ms. Karademir finished in
a very respectable 10th place.
Earlier this evening I had a chance to watch the short program performance of a young lady from Turkey - Tugba Karademir. The back-story is charming - as was the young lady. She is the first figure skater ever to perform in a Winter Olympics from her country, having skated in 2006 in Torino. Even better, in 2010 her mom and dad were able to be in the audience at Vancouver to watch her performance.
I'm pleased to say that I thought she did very well! She is a lovely young lady (born 1985). As far as I could tell, she skated cleanly, but she was a little slow on the ice. She now resides in Barrie, Canada and trains in Canada.
I liked her music and I thought her costume was flattering and also suited the music perfectly. I thought her program was very nicely constructed and also suited the music very well. I would like to see more of this skater. She scored high enough to qualify for the free skate on Thursday. Her total score was 50.74. At this point, I cannot say what her final ranking will be in the short program, there are many skaters yet to perform.
Here is Ms. Karademir's skating resume from the ISUFS website.