View Full Version : Life After the Games for Five Former Olympians: Features Lipinski, Hughes, Cohen

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06-20-2012, 10:05 PM
That is a cool story -- thanks for posting the link.

06-20-2012, 10:15 PM
Sometimes I cannot believe the ridiculous trash-talking that goes on around here

Some people will not be satisfied, whatever these Olympians choose to do with their lives.

06-20-2012, 10:42 PM
Well, it was an article, so that's good. But what did it really say? Nothing. What's Lipinski up to except for her Ice Channel commento? And Sarah Hughes is 'writing a book' on skating? It cannot at all be related to proper technique and aesthetic presentation, at least I hope not. Sasha? Eh. Isn't she in Columbia's 'different' school? The one for pro athletes and VIPS? I was much more interested in the skier and skateboarder's resumes. Great for the publicity but I wanted a bit more.

Cool that they've kept in touch after all these years.

The article mentioned they all met at 2002 Olys...Tara wasn't a competitor there. I guess she was a spectator? It surprises me because I don't recall any cameras panning to her in the audience (like they always do for Kristi/Peggy/ Dorothy/Boitano whenever they attend a skating comp).

Tara commentates for Universal Sports. She WAS at the 02 OLY dinner with the other US Ladies gold medalists to welcome Sarah.

Sarah has been working on a book about the OLY gold medalists from the US.

06-20-2012, 10:43 PM
I love feel good articles! :)

Nice to see them all reconnect and enjoying whatever path they're on now.

06-20-2012, 10:54 PM
Sasha is in the School of General Studies. It's designed for older ("non-traditional age") students, many of whom work full or part-time in addition to going to school. I believe most classes are in the evenings. It also provides more flexibility than the traditional undergrad program (Columbia College) so students don't have to take 4 courses each semester and finish their degree in 4 years (or expected to). It makes sense for someone like Sasha, b/c she travels a lot for SOI and other shows and appearances, plus she is older. I believe Tim Goebel went through the same program. Kim Navarro also graduated from GS - I think she was probably still traditional college age but I assume she needed the flexibility, plus afternoon and evening classes, to accommodate her training.

Yes, GS is easier to get into than the traditional undergrad program, but I assume the professors are the same who teach traditional undergrads and course requirements are similar.

Anybody knows what is up with Tim Goebel now? Did he graduate? What is he doing now? I'm glad that Sasha diecided to go back to school.

06-20-2012, 11:04 PM
About Tim Goebel:

06-20-2012, 11:55 PM
About Tim Goebel:

Thanks, perfect timing! I recalled seeing him in one of skating event few years ago. Good for him that he graduted and got a real job and still somewhat involved with skating.

06-21-2012, 02:19 AM
Tara, Sasha and Sarah look great!

Sarah has been working on a book about the OLY gold medalists from the US.
Hmm, that could be really interesting. Good for her.

06-21-2012, 02:41 AM
Congratulations to Tim on having a real job, I seem to remember that he is really bright. And Sasha is as busy as she can be with SOI and college. Good for them.

06-21-2012, 04:10 AM
I thought this response from Tim was too funny (and spot on):

Icenetwork.com: As a Columbia student, you took Literature Humanities as part of the Core Curriculum. What was your favorite book?

Goebel: Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky. I've probably read the book six times now. Some of the other stuff that we were forced to read was so painful. I particularly hated [Woolf's] To the Lighthouse. Painful beyond words.

06-24-2012, 06:47 PM
A nice article (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/sports/olympics/life-after-the-games-for-five-former-olympians.html?_r=1&smid=tw-share) that talks about how five former winter Olympians . . . Cohen, Lipinski, Hughes, and speedskater Joey Cheek and skiier Jeremy Bloom . . . are all getting together every month.

I wonder why Cohen, Lipinski and Hughes are called Olympians? Isnīt an Olympian just anybody (e.g. those who did not make the freeskate) who competed at the Olympics? These three skaters are much more than Olympians, they are Olympic medalists.

06-24-2012, 07:08 PM
I wonder why Cohen, Lipinski and Hughes are called Olympians? Isnīt an Olympian just anybody (e.g. those who did not make the freeskate) who competed at the Olympics? These three skaters are much more than Olympians, they are Olympic medalists.
Are you suggesting that Olympic medalists should be considered "much more" than ordinary Olympians? Because a lot of athletes go to the Olympics knowing they won't medal, and I don't think it makes their efforts and performances somehow less worthwhile.

Anyway, the article is about five Olympians, one of whom is not an Olympic medalist. Therefore, it makes more sense to refer to them as Olympians.

06-24-2012, 07:14 PM
It's difficult enough to become an Olympian.
Must we stratify them; as if they aren't worthy of mention unless they win a medal - or as if mentioning the medal in every reference makes them more worthy of our attention?

06-24-2012, 08:09 PM
Hey, and what about all those very talented athletes who are simply unlucky enough never to make the Olympics for reasons having nothing to do with the level of their talent? Doesn't make them more or less better or lesser than the 'luckier' Olympians or even 'luckier' Olympic medalists.

Anyways, I more admire those Olympians who realize that participating at the Olympics or medaling, or bringing home the highest of all, OGM, does not make them more special or somehow above all other gold medal-less human beings. Perhaps as Tara grew up and received some hard knocks in life she maybe gained that greater understanding which I don't think she had during her screeching days as a 15-year-old, unsurprisingly.

Great that these former 'Olympians' seem to have gained some understanding re the importance of building a life after the Olympics and giving back.

06-24-2012, 08:16 PM
Um, did I read it right that the article says Cohen is studying Financial Economics? As in quantitative financial economics?