Timothy Goebel, a 2002 Olympic figure skating bronze medalist, will begin training with Audrey Weisiger in Fairfax. Goebel has trained with Frank Carroll in Los Angeles for the past four years.
Weisiger is best known for having coached McLean's Michael Weiss to two national titles, two world bronze medals and two Olympics. She also works with Japan's Yoshie Onda. Weiss currently trains in Laurel with Don Laws.
"I am excited about the future working with Audrey," Goebel said in a statement issued yesterday afternoon by U.S. Figure Skating. "I truly enjoyed the time I spent training with her this past summer, and I am looking forward to moving ahead in my skating under her guidance."
This past summer, Goebel traveled to Fairfax to fine-tune his jumping technique with Weisiger. Goebel returned to Los Angeles but shortly before competing in the NHK Trophy in Japan this past week, he and Carroll decided to part ways. Since Goebel enjoyed working with Weisiger and had respected her coaching ability, he decided to move east.
"Frank has given me every ounce of information that I could need about Timothy. He couldn't have been more professional. I'm very honored that he would release his charge to me," Weisiger said.
Goebel won the national title in 2001 and captured world silver medals in 2002 and 2003. But the 2003-04 season was frustrating for him as he continually struggled with boot problems. He finished a dismal 10th in the short program at the 2004 nationals in Atlanta and withdrew from the competition.
"Tim just reached a point where we disagreed about training philosophies," Carroll said. "We mutually agreed that it was better for him to move on. We had talked about it before Japan. We agreed that he had to have a top coach with him there. But it was time for both of us. I'm very proud of what we did together and proud of what we've accomplished. Maybe another voice will help."
-- Amy Rosewater