Tyler ter Meulen was born on July 30, 1996 in Zaandam, the Netherlands, as a dual citizen of the Netherlands and the United States of America. Tyler ter Meulen is the flag bearer of dutch artistic rollerskating as winner of more then 25 national titles and many international tournaments Currently he is a member of team NL for roller skating, and working toward his goal to win the first World Championships medal for the Netherlands. Beside that, he is training to achieve the highest possible level within Figure Skating; to compete at the elite level at the GP, World Championships, and the Olympic Winter Games The combination of roller and figure skating gives Tyler a new perspective, and sharper edge (pun intended), in both sports.
Tyler started rollerskating at the age of 7 years, as an outlet for his energy and artistry; his talent for roller skating was quickly noticed by the top trainers of the club and he progressed to the elite group in only one year. After creating a good base, Tyler skated at various clubs in the Netherlands.
Year Abroad; Study in Italy
In 2014 Tyler decided to move to Italy, the world's rollerskating capital, to train with elite coach Massimo Giraldi. Tyler studied the Italian technique under his guidance.
The switch to Dance
IN 2015 Tyler decided to drop single skating for solo dance, a more creative discipline within rollerskating, empathising difficult moves and steps, rather then jumps and spins, a discipline which Tyler practiced since 2013 to increase his skating skills. He quickly became a master of the discipline, competing at the 2015 European Junior Championships and reaching a top 10 placement. In September 2015, Tyler decided to try figure skating on ice as a substitute for the jumps and spins he used to do on roller skates. Quickly progressing through the groups in his club, Tyler started working with elite coach Jerome Blanchard (former competitor for France and Russia) after only 1 month.
With the work ethics from figure skating, and his knowledge of roller skating, Tyler, working with his mother Natascha van Soelen, went to the 2016 World Roller Skating Championships as a contenter in Men solo dance, winning 13th place for the Pattern Dance and 2x the 8th place for the Style- and Free dance. Tyler finished overall at the 13th place. One of the best dance placements in Dutch solo dance history.
2017, the Hiatus
During the training for the national team of roller skating early 2017 Tyler sent out a press release stating to temporary retire from competitive roller skating to further focus on his technique and explore different roller skating career options. During the summer of 2017 Tyler overhauled his team and decided to return to competitive rollerskating in solo dance (2018) and focus on achieving the highest possible level within figure skating; Together with his new sports manager, Berit Gunderson, Tyler created a plan for the return to competition, and filled the trainer posts, Natascha ter Meulen returned as coach for solo dance, as did Jerome Blanchard, for figure skating, beside Sylvia Holtes.
25+ national titles in Figures, Free Skate, Solo Dance, and Show roller skating
5x the Zaandam medal for exemplary achievements in sports
Coach of multiple national and international roller skating champions
Technical Consultant for over 7 national clubs
Technical Consultant to the national rollersports team of Belgium