Timothy Goebel finishes his short program at the 2006 State Farm U.S. Figure Championships on Jan. 12, 2006 in St. Louis.
Before Nathan Chen, it was Timothy Goebel who was king of the quads.
Goebel, Olympic medalist and the first man to land a quadruple Salchow in competition, will be inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame next month along with Olympians Julie Lynn Holmes and the ice dance team of Carol Fox and Richard Dalley.
The induction will fittingly take place Jan. 26 during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, an event in which all the inductees had significant success. Goebel was national champion in 2001, Holmes is a four-time U.S. silver medalist, and Fox and Dalley earned nine medals at the national championships, out of 10 in which they competed.
Goebel became known as the “Quad King” for his rise to prominence landing quads in the late 1990s. He won the bronze medal on home ice at the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002, and attempted to qualify for the 2006 Games in Torino before retiring from competitive skating. Today, he continues to contribute to the sport by serving on U.S. Figure Skating committees.
Holmes is a two-time world medalist who competed at the Olympic Winter Games in 1972. She finished just off the podium behind fellow American Janet Lynn. The Games were the last competition of her career, as she went on to skate with Ice Capades and work as a private skating instructor.
Fox and Dalley were medal threats in just about every senior competition they entered in the 1970s and 80s. They made their Olympic debut in Sarajevo in 1984, finishing fifth. Fox now serves as an ISU judge, and Dalley maintains a coaching career.
The U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame was created in 1976 and is located at the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.