Timothy Goebel competes his long program at the 2001 Grand Prix Final in Kitchener, Ontario.
|Full name||Timothy Richard Goebel|
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||September 10, 1980|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Former coach||Donna Dickinson
Carol Heiss Jenkins
|Former choreographer||Lori Nichol
|Skating club||Winterhurst FSC|
|Retired||April 25, 2006|
|ISU personal best scores|
2004 NHK Trophy
2003 NHK Trophy
2003 Cup of China
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's figure skating|
|Competitor for United States|
|Bronze||2002 Salt Lake City||Singles|
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.
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.
Goebel was sometimes referred to as the "Quad King" 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|Grand Prix Final||3rd||5th||3rd|
|GP Cup of China||1st|
|GP NHK Trophy||2nd||2nd||2nd|
|GP Skate America||2nd||1st||1st||6th|
|GP Sparkassen Cup||2nd||2nd|
|U.S. Championships||1st N.||5th J.||1st J.||6th||WD||3rd||2nd||1st||2nd||2nd||WD||2nd||7th|
|GP = Grand Prix; JS = Junior Series (later Junior Grand Prix); WD = Withdrew
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
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