Doesn't shed any light on the Yagudin question, but this article is a nice update on Goebel from 2012 Feb. http://www.teamusa.org/News/2012/Feb...ars-later.aspx
Originally Posted by mskater93
Now 31, he is an analytical consultant (number-cruncher) for Nielsen. A couple of excerpts:
He remains involved in the sport of figure skating, serving as a technical specialist on judging panels at various competitions.
But the skater who broke ground in the sport as the “Quad King,” no longer laces up skates.
"I really miss competing sometimes,” Goebel said. “But I am not skating now. Not at all."
“The last time I skated to do jumps was two and a half years ago. ... I had one of the worst falls of my life on a triple flip. I was basically horizontal in the air. I told myself, ‘I’m done. I quit.’ ”
And with that, the skater who made history by becoming the first in the world — and the first in Olympic competition — to land three quadruple-revolution jumps in one program, came off of the ice and hasn’t looked back.
Yet the sport remains a big part of his life. He enjoys watching young skaters rising through the ranks and is especially intrigued by a young woman named Gracie Gold, who claimed the junior national crown in January. Like Goebel, Gold is a natural jumper, and he believes she could be one of the top American contenders less than two years from now when the next Winter Games take place in Sochi, Russia.
Goebel openly lamented that the sport had not advanced much in the quad department and it is only recently, when the International Skating Union revised its scoring system, that quads have sneaked their way back into men’s programs.
This season, when American Brandon Mroz became the first skater in the world to land a quad lutz, Goebel was ecstatic to hear the news.