Timothy Goebel announced today that this will be his final season of competitive skating. When asked if he was really giving up competive skating; "Definitely," said Goebel, "I'm done after 2006. I'm not training anymore."
This season will mark Tim's 7th season on the senior level. His accomplishments are many. He is the 2001 U.S. National Champ, 2002 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2002 and 2003 World Silver Medalist. He is also a U.S. Silver and Bronze Medalist and a multiple Grand Prix Series medalist.
Recently, however, he has hit a rough patch. During the 2003-2004 season, after battling injury from the start of the season, he was forced to withdraw from Nationals after a terrible short program that left him in 10th place! He came back swinging at the 2004 NHK Trophy with a solid silver, but again had to withdraw from the Trophée Eric Bompard competiton due to injury. A solid performance at National's earned him a silver medal and a trip to Worlds. However, despite having one of the best technical scores in the competiton, he only placed 10th.
This his final season, he is working with Tatiana Tarasova. He hopes to improve artistically to compete with the big names this season and vie for another Olympic Medal. His free skate music this season is Night on Bald Mountain, a program he will debut tonight at the Campbell Soup's Competition. Timothy, good luck this season, and I wish you all the luck in the world!