CLEVELAND – Timothy Goebel, 21, who had spent more than seven years in the Cleveland area learning to be a world-class figure skater, won a bronze medal in the Winter Olympics on Thursday night, 19/43 News reported.
Goebel, dubbed the "Quad King" for the ease in which he performs quadruple jumps, is somewhat of an adoptive son in Cleveland. In fact, after he skated his long program, he sat in the kiss-and-cry area and said a special hello to all of his friends in Cleveland.
On CBS' Early Show on Friday, Goebel (pictured, above) commented on the emotions that he felt as he won an Olympic medal, which made him the first American man to do so since 1992.
"It felt great," he said. "The crowd was amazing. They really helped me through the performance."
The Illinois native trained from 1993 until the end of the 2000 season at Lakewood's Winterhurst Skating Rink under coach Carol Heiss Jenkins, the 1960 Olympic champion in ladies' figure skating, and Glyn Watts.
During that time he also made Lakewood his home, won many titles and became a Cleveland favorite.
In the summer of 2000, Goebel left Cleveland and moved to Los Angeles to train with Frank Carroll, who was Michelle Kwan's coach at the time.