Timothy Goebel

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Timothy Goebel
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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 41)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
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

Timothy Richard Goebel (born September 10, 1980) is an American former competitive figure skater. He is the 2002 Olympic bronze medalist. He was the first person to land a quadruple salchow jump in competition[1] and the first person to land three quadruple jumps in one program. He landed 76 career quadruple jumps before his retirement in 2006.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Goebel was born on September 10, 1980, in Evanston, Illinois.[3] He was adopted through Catholic Charities by Ginny and Richard Goebel as an infant.[citation needed]

Goebel initially attended Loyola Marymount University. Beginning in the fall of 2006, he studied at Columbia University's School of General Studies,[4] graduating in May 2010 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics.[citation needed] After working for the Nielsen ratings company, he joined an ad agency, MEC, as a consumer analyst.[5] As of April 2016, he was pursuing a master's degree in data science from New York University Stern School of Business.[6] In January 2017, he began working as a data analyst for Google.[7]

In April 2016, Goebel became engaged to his boyfriend of three years, Thomas Luciano.[6] They married on April 29, 2017, in Newport, Rhode Island.[7]


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 with Frank Carroll.[8]

Goebel was sometimes referred to as the "Quad King"[9][10] 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.[11] International Skating Union officials ratified the jump at the end of the month after watching a video provided by the parents of Tiffany Stiegler / Johnnie Stiegler.[1]

On October 31, 1999, at the 1999 Skate America in Colorado Springs, Goebel became the first skater to land three quads in one program. In the free skate, he landed a quad salchow in combination, a quad toe loop, and a quad salchow as a solo jump.[12]

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. He would land a total of 76 quads in competition.[2] 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.

Goebel increasingly struggled with his jumps after 2003 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.[13][14]

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.[2] 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 worked as a technical specialist at the Aviator Figure Skating Academy in New York.

He attended Columbia University, graduating in 2010 with a degree in mathematics.[15] In 2016 he received a Master of Science in Business Analytics degree from New York University Stern School of Business, and currently works for Google as a Marketing Mix Modeling Partner Program Manager.[16]


Goebel performs a hydroblading maneuver, one of his signature moves, in 2003.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • The Queen Symphony
    by Tolga Kashif,
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Queen Symphony
    by Tolga Kashif,
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Rapsodia Espanola, Tango Op. 65 N. 2
    by Espanola

  • Fantasticas
    by J. Turina


Second free at Grand Prix Final:


Competitive highlights[edit]

GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Series (Junior Grand Prix)

Event 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06
Olympics 3rd
Worlds 12th 11th 4th 2nd 2nd 10th
Four Continents 13th
GP Final 3rd 5th 3rd
GP Bompard 4th
GP Cup of China 1st
GP NHK Trophy 2nd 2nd 2nd
GP Skate America 2nd 1st 1st 6th
GP Sparkassen 2nd 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
International: Junior[22]
Junior Worlds 14th 7th 2nd WD
JGP Final 1st
JGP France 1st
JGP Ukraine 1st
St. Gervais 2nd
Blue Swords 4th 2nd
U.S. Champ. 1st N 5th J 1st J 6th WD 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd WD 2nd 7th
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior. WD = Withdrew


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  10. ^ Radnofsky, Louise (February 2007), New Heights, Skating Magazine, pp. 10–11
  11. ^ Rosewater, Amy (September 27, 2011). "Mroz attempting to push boundaries of sport". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  12. ^ "The quad: Skating's evolution is for more revolution". CBS Sports. December 2, 1999. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  13. ^ Macur, Juliet (January 15, 2006). "Weir Captures Third Straight Men's Singles Title". The New York Times.
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  16. ^ "Timothy Goebel, MSBA '16".
  17. ^ "Timothy GOEBEL: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 5, 2005.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  18. ^ "Timothy GOEBEL: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  19. ^ "Timothy GOEBEL: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 3, 2003.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  20. ^ "Timothy GOEBEL: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 18, 2001.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  21. ^ "Timothy GOEBEL: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 17, 2001.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  22. ^ a b "Timothy GOEBEL". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 26, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  23. ^ "Timothy Goebel". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on June 15, 2006.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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