Goebel Ready to Give it His All in Final Season

by Amy Rosewater, Special to U.S. Figure Skating Online
Timothy Goebel with event production assistant Brian Klavano (left) and Dick Button at the 2005 Campbell's Classic Friday

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(10/8/05) - Timothy Goebel, who captured an Olympic bronze medal in Salt Lake City nearly four years ago, is gearing up for one last shot at Olympic glory this February in Italy. His season kicks off tonight at the Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic in St. Paul, Minn.

Then he's not sure what he'll do. Perhaps, he said, he'll live in New York City. Maybe he'll stay in the Washington, D.C., area and try to complete his college education.

The only thing he's certain of is that after this season, his days of competitive skating will come to a close.

“Definitely,” said Goebel, 25, in a recent telephone interview. “I'm done after 2006. I'm not training anymore.”

Goebel, dubbed the “Quad King” for his uncanny ability to land quadruple jumps, has been competing at the senior level since 1999. He won the U.S. title in 2001 and has been a World silver medalist twice, in 2002 and 2003. He has made skating history several times, becoming the first American to land a quad in competition and the first skater to land three in one program.

This season, he hopes to skate his best ever.

He's been training with Audrey Weisiger in Fairfax, Va., and this season, he has been working with former Russian ice dancer and famed choreographer, Tatiana Tarasova, in Connecticut. Tarasova is best known for her work with Olympic gold medalists Ilia Kulik and Alexei Yagudin. She also works with two-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir and this season started working with Michelle Kwan.

The switch marked a big change for Goebel, who had been working with Lori Nichol since 1999. Last season, he and coach Frank Carroll parted ways.

“I just really wanted to do something different this season,” Goebel said. “I worked with Tatiana and it was great. She did both programs and I'm really excited about them.”

Goebel first went to Connecticut in May to work with Tarasova and then returned for a few more weeks in July. His short program for this season is to “Swing, Swing, Swing” and his free skate is to “Night on Bald Mountain.”

On the technical side, he plans to include two quads in his free skate.

In addition to the Campbell's Classic, Goebel will also compete at Smart Ones Skate America, later this month in Atlantic City, N.J., and at a second Grand Prix event, Trophee Eric Bompard, in November in Paris.

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