Timothy Goebel
Country represented  United States
Height  170 cm
Coach  Donna Dickinson, Audrey Weisiger, Frank Carroll, Carol Heiss Jenkins, Glyn Watts
Choreographer  Lori Nichol, Tatiana Tarasova
Skating club  Winterhurst FSC
Birthdate  September 10, 1980
Retired  April 25, 2006.

Timothy Richard Goebel (born September 10, 1980 in Evanston, Illinois) is an American retired Figure skater. Goebel was adopted through Catholic Charities by Ginny and Richard Goebel as an infant. 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.

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Timothy Goebel - 2003 World Championship SP Timothy Goebel - 2002 Worlds FS
Timothy Goebel - 99 US Nationals LP Timothy Goebel - 1999 Worlds, Men's Short Program


  • Timothy Goebel was the first person to land 3 (count 'em, 3!) quads in competition.
  • Timothy Goebel was first in the entire world to do three quads in one program.


I feel like I'm the best skater in the country and it was not there for me today.[1]


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Gold medallist Evgeni Plushenko of Russia standing with silver medallist Timothy Goebel of the USA in the men's free skating event at the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships in Washington

Timothy Goebel 2003 NHK Trophy

Goebel performs a hydroblading maneuver, one of his signature moves, in 2003.

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Goebel was known 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. At Skate America in Colorado Springs on October 31, 1999, he became the first skater to land three quadruple jumps in one program. Goebel also made history at the 2002 Olympics by becoming the first skater to successfully land a quad quadruple salchow 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. However, after 2003, Goebel began increasingly to struggle with his jumps due to injuries within the past year. At the 2006 U.S. Figure Skating 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.

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 represented the Winterhurst FSC. 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. On July 27, 2006, he announced that he will finish his undergraduate education at Columbia University beginning in the fall of 2006. He is currently double majoring in mathematics and psychology in their School of General Studies. He previously attended Loyola Marymount University. He plans 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.


Season Short Program Free Skating Exhibition
2005 - 2006 Sing, Sing, Sing
by Benny Goodman
A Night On Bald Mountain
by Modeste Mussorgsky
Stray Cats Strut
by Brian Setzer
2004 - 2005 Concerto Elegiaque for Piano in D Minor
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
The Queen Symphony
by Tolga Kashif, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2003 - 2004 Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
by Sergei Prokofiev
The Queen Symphony
by Tolga Kashif, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2002 - 2003 Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
by Sergei Prokofiev
Rapsodia Espanola, Tango Op. 65 N. 2
by Espanola
by J. Turina
2001 - 2002 Danse Macabre
by Camille Saint-Saens
An American in Paris
by George Gershwin
American Pie
by Don Mclean
by Paul McCartney
2000 - 2001 2001 A Space Odyssey
(Sprach Zarathustra & Slow Waltz)
by Strauss
Henry V soundtrack & Canone Inverso
1812 Overture
by Tchaikovsky
(Grand Prix Final second long program)
Windmills of Your Mind
by Neil Diamond
American Pie
by Don Mclean
Cup of Life
by Ricky Martin
1999 - 2000 Caravan
by Duke Ellington
Seven Years in Tibet soundtrack Ain't No Sunshine
by David Sanborn & Sting

Competitive highlightsEdit


Event 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006
Winter Olympic Games 3rd
World Championships 11th 4th 2nd 2nd 10th
U.S. Championships 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd WD 2nd 7th
Grand Prix Final 3rd 5th 3rd
Skate America 2nd 1st 1st 6th
NHK Trophy 2nd 2nd 2nd
Trophee Eric Bompard 4th
Cup of China 1st
Sparkassen Cup 2nd 2nd


Event 1993-1994 1994-1995 1995-1996 1996-1997 1997-1998 1998-1999
World Championships 12th
Four Continents Championships 13th
World Junior Championships 14th 7th 2nd WD
U.S. Championships 1st N. 5th J. 1st J. 6th WD 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
ISU Junior Series Final 1st
ISU Junior Series Final 1st
ISU Junior Series Final 2nd 1st
Blue Swords 4th 2nd
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew


  1. Quad Helps Goebel Get Title, CBS News.

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