Timothy Goebel Announces Retirement from Competitive Skating

Timothy Goebel at 2005 Smart Ones Skate America
Photo by Paul Harvath

(4/25/06) - 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel has announced his retirement from competitive figure skating after more than a decade of international competition.

Nicknamed the “Quad King,” Goebel made history throughout his career by being the first U.S. man to land a quadruple jump in competition, the first skater ever to land a quadruple Salchow and the first to land a quadruple Salchow-triple combination. He was the first man in the world to land six quadruple jumps in a single competition and the first to land three quadruple jumps in one program. He revolutionized the technical standard in the sport of figure skating while landing 76 quadruple jumps in competition during his career.

“I would like to thank my parents, whose sacrifice and unconditional support have helped make my career possible,” Goebel said. “I would also like to thank my agents (Lee Marshall Management) and my coach Audrey Weisiger, who all gave so much of themselves to help me through my career. I'm also thankful to U.S. Figure Skating and all of the other people who have helped me along the way.”

Goebel has been a member of the U.S. National Team since 1994. In addition to winning the bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, he is a six-time U.S. Championships medalist, the 2001 U.S. champion, a two-time World Championships silver medalist and two-time Skate America champion.

Goebel has been active in charity work, most recently with tsunami relief, Habitat for Humanity and Figure Skating in Harlem. He has also raised funds by auctioning personalized items on eBay, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to his causes.

In addition to continuing on in the sport by performing and coaching, Goebel is hoping to become a technical specialist for the ISU judging system. He recently attended a training seminar in Denver, Colo. Depending on the exam results he hopes to start working at events in the spring or summer. Goebel is also planning to attend college.

“I'm currently working on college applications with the hopes of attending Columbia or NYU in the fall,” he said. “I plan to continue to skate, perform and coach on a part-time basis while I'm in school, as my class schedule allows.”

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