Yasemin Ergul ’19: International Figure Skater

Congratulations to Yasemin Ergul ’19 who will compete in the Hellmut Seibt Memorial, an international figure skating competition in Vienna, Austria, from February 23-27. 



Congratulations to Yasemin Ergul ’19 who will compete in the Hellmut Seibt Memorial, an international figure skating competition in Vienna, Austria, from February 23-27. Yasemin will represent Turkey as a solo competitor. Yasemin shares her figure skating background, her love of SHC, and how she balances her figure skating career with her life as a high school student.

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Life as a Competitive Figure Skater
I have been skating for eight years and I practice about six days a week, off-ice and on ice. I skate all over the Bay Area—San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Belmont. During the summer I go to summer camps either in Switzerland, France or Turkey.

I have competed at the Turkish nationals three times and in two international competitions. Over the years, I have earned 27 medals and four trophies for first, second and third place.

Citizen of the World
I was born in Turkey, and then I was raised in the United States. I am eligible to compete for both countries until I am 21 because of my duel citizenship. In addition to being a solo ladies competitor, I am also going to compete at the US Nationals in Alabama this June for San Francisco's Theatre on Ice team.

Hellmut Seibt Memorial
I am looking forward to compete internationally with people I don't know from all around the world. It’s great to be in a competitive environment with strong skaters because it pushes me to do my best.

Life at SHC
I chose SHC because the teachers and faculty are really supportive of the commitment I have for skating. SHC has a strong and diverse community that is supportive of all that I do academically, athletically and spiritually. I believe the education I receive at SHC will help me achieve my future college and career goals.

SHC teachers are really supportive and teach students with individual attention. Whenever I need help, they are always available. The community is loving and I am accepted for who I am, and I don't have to pretend to be anybody I am not.

Balance
To manage my skating and academic life, I had to learn how to manage my time. It took a while, but since I wake up almost every single morning at 4:30 am, I have to start my homework right when I get home and be very efficient. My friends think I'm joking when I say I go to sleep at 9 pm, but I’m not! I push myself to eat right, get enough sleep and practice everyday—whether it its on ice practice, or off ice conditioning.


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