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Monday, October 16, 2006


2002 Olympic Bronze Medalist Timothy Goebel recently retired from competitive skating and performing, but that had been the plan all along.

"Going into this past season, I knew it was going to be my last," he explains. "My goal from after Salt Lake was to compete through this Olympic season and then return to school. I was devastated that I didn't make the team this year, but having won a World and Olympic medal, I had achieved everything I wanted to do with my skating. It was an easy decision, because this had always been my game-plan. I had hoped to tour last spring with Champions on Ice one last time, but since I didn't make the team, there just wasn't a place for me this year. I am grateful for the time I spent with the tour, but I didn't belong there anymore. I knew that trying to pursue a professional career parallel to my education wasn't going to be feasible, and school is my focus now. While I do miss performing, in the long run school is where I need to be at this point in my life. I do the best at things with a singular goal and focus. Skating provided me with so many wonderful opportunities, but with all of the injuries it was time to move on."

He adds, "I want to thank everyone who helped me through the past few seasons, which were very difficult for me. My parents first and foremost for their unconditional love and support, my managers, Lee Marshall and Shannon Fuller, who always believed in me, Audrey Weisiger and her team, and Lori Nichol and Tatiana Tarasova, for sticking by me through a rough transition and helping me to find joy in skating again. They all stuck by me through the hard times, which to me is the sign of a great coach. What I learned from them will be with me for the rest of my life, and for all of them I am eternally grateful. I would like to thank all my fans for their support over the years. While I won't be performing anymore, I still think of them kindly for all of the words of encouragement and support."

Tim is currently a student at Columbia University in New York City. You can read an interview with him from the school paper, here.


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