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 name Timothy Richard Goebel
Country represented United States
Born (1980-09-10) September 10, 1980 (age 35)
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
Combined total 208.28
2004 NHK Trophy
Short program 73.65
2003 NHK Trophy
Free skate 137.60
2003 Cup of China

Timothy Richard Goebel (born September 10, 1980) is an American former 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.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Goebel was adopted through Catholic Charities by Ginny and Richard Goebel as an infant.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] As of April 2016, he is working on a master's degree in data science from New York University Stern School of Business and works as a media and marketing analyst.[3]

In April 2016, Goebel got engaged to his boyfriend of three years, Thomas Luciano.[3]


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.[4]

Goebel was sometimes referred to as the "Quad King"[5][6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9][10]

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.


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

  • 2001 A Space Odyssey
    (Sprach Zarathustra & Slow Waltz)
    by Strauss
  • Henry V soundtrack
  • Canone Inverso


Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Olympics 3rd
Worlds 12th 11th 4th 2nd 2nd 10th
Four Continents 13th
Grand Prix 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 Cup 2nd 2nd
Nebelhorn 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 14th 7th 2nd WD
JS Final 1st
JS France 1st
JS Ukraine 1st
St. Gervais 2nd
Blue Swords 4th 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


  1. ^ "Goebel made history". canoe.ca. March 31, 1998. 
  2. ^ "Timothy Goebel Announces Retirement from Competitive Skating". US Skating Union. April 25, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b McCarvel, Nick (April 13, 2016). "Davis, White still undecided on competitive return". IceNetwork.com. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ Mittan, J. Barry (2000) [1997]. "King of Quads; Goebel Sets U. S. Quad Records". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Mihoces, Gary (February 23, 2003). "Quadruple jump can throw you for a loop". USA Today. 
  6. ^ Radnofsky, Louise. "New Heights." Skating Feb. 2007: 10-11.
  7. ^ Rosewater, Amy (September 27, 2011). "Mroz attempting to push boundaries of sport". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The quad: Skating's evolution is for more revolution". CBS Sports. December 2, 1999. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ Macur, Juliet (January 15, 2006). "Weir Captures Third Straight Men's Singles Title". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Bondy, Filip (February 13, 2006). "Weir Makes U.S. Officials Weary With His Mouth". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on February 18, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Timothy GOEBEL: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 1, 2006. 
  12. ^ a b "Timothy GOEBEL: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 5, 2005. 
  13. ^ a b "Timothy GOEBEL: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004. 
  14. ^ a b "Timothy GOEBEL: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 3, 2003. 
  15. ^ a b "Timothy GOEBEL: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 18, 2001. 
  16. ^ a b "Timothy GOEBEL: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 17, 2001. 

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