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|
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Former coach||Donna Dickinson, Audrey Weisiger, Frank Carroll, Carol Heiss Jenkins, Glyn Watts|
|Former choreographer||Lori Nichol, Tatiana Tarasova|
|Skating club||Winterhurst FSC|
|Retired||April 25, 2006|
|ISU personal best scores|
2004 NHK Trophy
2003 NHK Trophy
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 and the first person to land three quadruple jumps in one program. He landed 76 career quadruple jumps before his retirement in 2006.
Goebel initially attended Loyola Marymount University. Beginning in the fall of 2006, he studied at Columbia University's School of General Studies, graduating in May 2010 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. After working for the Nielsen ratings company, he joined an ad agency, MEC, as a consumer analyst. As of April 2016, he was pursuing a master's degree in data science from New York University Stern School of Business. In January 2017, he began working as a data analyst for Google.
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. 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.
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, 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. He would land a total of 76 quads in competition. 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.
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 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. 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.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
Second free at Grand Prix Final:
|GP Cup of China||1st|
|GP NHK Trophy||2nd||2nd||2nd|
|GP Skate America||2nd||1st||1st||6th|
|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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