Timothy Goebel

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Timothy Goebel

Timothy Goebel competes his long program at the 2001 Grand Prix Final in Kitchener, Ontario.
Personal information
Full nameTimothy Richard Goebel
Country representedUnited States
Born(1980-09-10) September 10, 1980 (age 32)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former coachDonna Dickinson
Audrey Weisiger
Frank Carroll
Carol Heiss Jenkins
Glyn Watts
Former choreographerLori Nichol
Tatiana Tarasova
Skating clubWinterhurst FSC
RetiredApril 25, 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total208.28
2004 NHK Trophy
Short program73.65
2003 NHK Trophy
Free skate137.60
2003 Cup of China
 
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Timothy Goebel

Timothy Goebel competes his long program at the 2001 Grand Prix Final in Kitchener, Ontario.
Personal information
Full nameTimothy Richard Goebel
Country representedUnited States
Born(1980-09-10) September 10, 1980 (age 32)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former coachDonna Dickinson
Audrey Weisiger
Frank Carroll
Carol Heiss Jenkins
Glyn Watts
Former choreographerLori Nichol
Tatiana Tarasova
Skating clubWinterhurst FSC
RetiredApril 25, 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total208.28
2004 NHK Trophy
Short program73.65
2003 NHK Trophy
Free skate137.60
2003 Cup of China
Olympic medal record
Men's figure skating
Competitor for  United States
Bronze2002 Salt Lake CitySingles

Timothy Richard Goebel (born September 10, 1980 in Evanston, Illinois) is an American retired figure skater. He is the 2002 Olympic bronze medalist. He was the first person to land a quadruple salchow in competition and the first person to land three quadruple jumps in one program. He landed 76 career quadruple jumps before his retirement in 2006.[citation needed]

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Personal life

Goebel was adopted through Catholic Charities by Ginny and Richard Goebel as an infant. He initially attended Loyola Marymount University. Beginning in the fall of 2006, he studied at Columbia University, graduating in May 2010 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the School of General Studies.

Career

Early in his career, Goebel was coached by Carol Heiss Jenkins and Glyn Watts near his Illinois home, and then moved to California to work Frank Carroll.[1]

Goebel was sometimes referred to as the "Quad King"[2][3] because of his ability to land quadruple jumps. On March 7, 1998, in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the Junior Grand Prix Final, Goebel became the first skater in the world to land a quadruple Salchow, and the first American skater to land a quadruple jump of any kind in competition. It was videotaped by another skater's father.[4]

At the 1999 Skate America in Colorado Springs on October 31, 1999, Goebel became the first skater to land three quadruple jumps in one program. In the long program, he landed a quad salchow, a quad toe loop in combination, and a quad salchow as a solo jump.[5]

Goebel also made history at the 2002 Olympics by becoming the first skater to successfully land a quad salchow jump in combination in Olympic competition. Goebel's repertoire of quadruple jumps made him one of the most competitive skaters in the world during the peak of his career.

Goebel was heavily criticized early in his career for focusing exclusively on jumping to the detriment of choreography and presentation, but in later years he improved in those areas.

However, after 2003, Goebel began increasingly to struggle with his jumps due to injuries. At the 2006 U.S. Championships, in what he had previously announced would be his last competitive season, he was unable to land either a quadruple jump or triple axel cleanly, and dropped to a seventh-place finish which left him far short of qualifying for the 2006 Winter Olympics.[6][7]

Goebel represented the Winterhurst Figure Skating Club. He was coached by Audrey Weisiger in Fairfax, Virginia, after having been previously coached by Carol Heiss Jenkins, Glyn Watts, and Frank Carroll.

On April 25, 2006, Goebel announced his retirement from competitive skating. He planned to continue to contribute to the sport as a technical specialist, having received certification for competitions sanctioned by the United States Figure Skating Association. He works as a technical specialist at the Aviator Figure Skating Academy in New York.

Programs

Goebel performs a hydroblading maneuver, one of his signature moves, in 2003.
SeasonShort programFree skatingExhibition
2005-2006Sing, Sing, Sing
by Benny Goodman
A Night On Bald Mountain
by Modeste Mussorgsky
Stray Cats Strut
by Brian Setzer
2004-2005Concerto Elegiaque for Piano in D Minor
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
The Queen Symphony
by Tolga Kashif, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2003-2004Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
by Sergei Prokofiev
The Queen Symphony
by Tolga Kashif, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2002-2003Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
by Sergei Prokofiev
Rapsodia Espanola, Tango Op. 65 N. 2
by Espanola
Fantasticas
by J. Turina
2001-2002Danse Macabre
by Camille Saint-Saëns
An American in Paris
by George Gershwin
American Pie
by Don Mclean
Freedom
by Paul McCartney
2000-20012001 A Space Odyssey
(Sprach Zarathustra & Slow Waltz)
by Strauss
Henry V soundtrack & Canone Inverso
1812 Overture
by Tchaikovsky
(Grand Prix Final second long program)
Windmills of Your Mind
by Neil Diamond
American Pie
by Don Mclean
Cup of Life
by Ricky Martin
1999-2000"Caravan"
by Duke Ellington
Seven Years in Tibet soundtrackAin't No Sunshine
by David Sanborn & Sting

Competitive highlights

Event1993-941994-951995-961996-971997-981998-991999-002000-012001-022002-032003-042004-052005-06
Winter Olympic Games3rd
World Championships12th11th4th2nd2nd10th
Four Continents Championships13th
World Junior Championships14th7th2ndWD
U.S. Championships1st N.5th J.1st J.6thWD3rd2nd1st2nd2ndWD2nd7th
Grand Prix Final3rd5th3rd
Skate America2nd1st1st6th
NHK Trophy2nd2nd2nd
Trophée Eric Bompard4th
Cup of China1st
Sparkassen Cup2nd2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy1st
ISU Junior Series Final1st
Ukrainian Souvenir1st
Grand Prix St. Gervais2nd1st
Blue Swords4th2nd

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