Paul Wylie

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Paul Wylie
2007ewc-wylie.jpg
Wylie at the 2007 An Evening with Champions
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born(1964-10-24) October 24, 1964 (age 49)
Former partnerDana Graham
Former coachEvy Scotvold, Mary Scotvold, Carlo Fassi, John Nicks
Retired1992
 
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Paul Wylie
2007ewc-wylie.jpg
Wylie at the 2007 An Evening with Champions
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born(1964-10-24) October 24, 1964 (age 49)
Former partnerDana Graham
Former coachEvy Scotvold, Mary Scotvold, Carlo Fassi, John Nicks
Retired1992
Olympic medal record
Men's figure skating
Competitor for  United States
Silver1992 AlbertvilleSingles

Paul Stanton Wylie (born October 28, 1964) is an American figure skater and 1992 Olympic silver medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Wylie was born in Dallas, Texas. When he was eleven, his family moved to Denver, Colorado.

Wylie attended Harvard University and graduated in 1991 with a degree in government.[1] After retiring from skating, he returned to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2000 and worked for two years in marketing with The Walt Disney Company.[2]

On August 14, 1999, Wylie married Kate Presbrey, a Cape Cod native and former Brown University Division 1 hockey player.[3] They have three children, Hannah, Emma and Caleb. The family divides their time between Hyannis, Massachusetts and Charlotte, North Carolina, where Wylie previously worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as director of the Dare to be a Daniel program.[4] Wylie currently runs High Gear Travel, a sports-related travel agency,[5] and coaches figure skaters at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina.

Career[edit]

Wylie started skating at the age of three. After moving to Denver, he began to train with Carlo Fassi. Wylie remained with Fassi for nine years, first in Denver and later in Colorado Springs when Fassi relocated to the Broadmoor Skating Club. As a young skater, Wylie additionally worked with John Curry and Robin Cousins, who were also students of Fassi. Cousins lived with the Wylie family while he was training for the 1980 Winter Olympics.

In 1979, Wylie won the novice men's title at the U.S. Championships, and in the 1981 season, he won both the U.S. junior title and the World Junior Championships. At the latter event, he landed his first triple jumps in competition—two triple toe loops.[6]

At the same time, Wylie was competing in pair skating with partner Dana Graham. They won the junior pairs title at the 1980 U.S. nationals. They were coached by John Nicks, commuting to work with him in California. They placed eighth in the senior division at the 1981 U.S. nationals, but then dissolved their partnership when they lost financial sponsorship.

In 1985, wanting to rework some of his technique, Wylie left Fassi and began to train instead with Evy and Mary Scotvold, who were at that time located in Janesville, Wisconsin. Shortly afterwards, they all moved to the Boston area.

Wylie placed second at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1988, 1990, and 1992. He won the silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. The medal was considered a major upset, as Wylie had never finished higher than ninth at the World Figure Skating Championships four years prior, and had skated such a poor performance at the 1992 U.S. Championships that reporters questioned his placement on the Olympic team. The USFSA had even left Wylie off the team for the 1992 World Championships, naming Mark Mitchell in his place.

After the Olympics, Wylie joined the professional skating ranks. He won the 1992 U.S. Open Professional Championship and the 1993 World Professional Figure Skating Championships. Wylie toured with Stars on Ice from 1992 to 1998 before retiring to attend graduate school and work in the corporate world.

In 2004, after leaving his job at Disney, Wylie returned to the ice for 22 dates with Stars on Ice.[7] He has also continued his long association with An Evening with Champions, the annual benefit show at Harvard. Wylie has worked as a sports commentator/analyst, most recently for ESPN and Universal Sports.

Wylie was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame on January 25, 2008.

Awards[edit]

Professional competitive highlights[edit]

Results[edit]

Event1980–811981–821982–831983–841984–851985–861986–871987–881988–891989–901990–911991–92
Winter Olympic Games10th2nd
World Championships9th10th11th
Skate America7th
Skate Canada International2nd3rd
Trophée Lalique1st5th
NHK Trophy5th2nd4th
Nations Cup3rd
U.S. Championships11th5th4th5th5th5th2nd3rd2nd3rd2nd
World Junior Championships1st

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Biographies: Program Presenters". Harvard@Home. Harvard University. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  2. ^ At Home with Paul Wylie
  3. ^ At Home with Paul Wylie
  4. ^ Jerri Menges. "Dare to Be a Daniel". Decision Magazine. BGEA. Retrieved 2006-10-16. 
  5. ^ At Home with Paul Wylie
  6. ^ "1981 Junior World's Report", Skating magazine, March 1981
  7. ^ At Home with Paul Wylie

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