April 26, 2006

Olympic skating medallist Goebel retires

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tim Goebel, who won a bronze medal for
the U.S. at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, announced his
retirement from competitive figure skating on Tuesday.

The first American to land a quadruple jump in competition,
Goebel became known in the sport as the "Quad King" for his
jumping prowess.

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.

"I would like to thank my parents, whose sacrifice and
unconditional support have helped make my career possible," the
25-year-old Goebel said in a statement. "I plan to continue to
skate, perform and coach on a part-time basis while I'm in
school, as my class schedule allows."

A double silver medallist at the world championships and a
former U.S. champion, Goebel helped revolutionize the sport but
was left crushed when he failed to earn a place in the U.S.
team for the Turin Olympics.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto)