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Rank the 5 best life-after-skating (that's not skating-related)

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by jlai, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. jlai

    jlai Title-less

    We have been ranking skaters' performances but how about ranking skaters' life after skating? Some retired skaters are doing very well in a life totally non-skating-related but a few seem to have gone nowhere. :(

    I am also hoping this thread's discussion will give us some insight on what our former favorites are doing now.

    Since this is about life-after skating, I don't think those who have become full-time skating coaches, choreographers, etc. should be in this list.

    Me first:
    best 5
    1. Loren Galler Rabinowitz (from ice dancing medalist to Miss Massachusetts), man, talk about a gorgeous and dramatic transition! +3 GOE :D

    2. Michelle Kwan (Public Diplomacy Envoy, graduate school student, summer ice show participant, what life can get better than this?)

    3. Boitano (having your own cooking show is pretty darn cool)

    4. If I must pick a doctor on the list, I will pick Debi Thomas. I listened to her manleywoman skatecast and I'm just impressed as to how she seems to have such professionalism in everything she does

    5. If Johnny is not coming back (big if) then I'll say he's doing fairly well for himself. I mean, talk shows, reality show, and writing a book and so on, and yes, an occasional show here and there. If he keeps this up, I'll bump him up my list. But if he doesn't, well, there's always a skating-related life...

    I know I've ignored a lot of very successful doctors, lawyers, accountants and so on, but I want to point out a few "unusual" paths that I can think of. If you know of other good life-after-skating, I'm happy to adjust my list.

    I thought about the 5 worst life after skating too, but then we'll all end up with more or less the same names. :slinkaway
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  2. goldberry99

    goldberry99 Member

    I'd add Tenley Albright to the list - not only did she win gold at Olympics and Worlds, but she graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1961 and became a surgeon! Not easy for women to do in those days! She also seems like such a lovely person, completely charming in every interview I've seen.
  3. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Headstrong Buzzard

    Toller Cranston as a painter may as well be included. I'll exclude Tonya Harding as a boxer.....:rolleyes:
  4. FunnyBut

    FunnyBut Well-Known Member

    I always think of Kristi Yamaguchi as the ultimate #1 :glamor:

    She won Worlds, Olympics, had a brilliant professional career at a time when there was still one to be had. She married a hawt sports star :grope: , and has beautiful children, and stays very close to her loving parents. She is active in charity, still supports her sport, won Dancing with the Stars, never has a bad thing to say , nor is anything bad ever said about her. She skated at c a time when audiences were the most enthusiastic and contracts most lucrative yet managed to escape the Tonya Harding scandal, Nancy was not so lucky. I wonder if she ever took a wrong step, other than the over blow-dried circa late-80's hair. :lol:
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2010
  5. jlai

    jlai Title-less

    Oh yeah I forgot Cranston. As for Tonya, I didn't attempt a 5 worst for a reason (since many would have included her).

    It's hard to list all the doctors, lawyers and accountants in the 5 best list, so I picked one. :)
  6. attyfan

    attyfan Well-Known Member

    Peggy Fleming has done well for herself ... wife, mother, grandmother, commentator, and now vitner. I don't think I'd include Weir on the list, at this stage, since he has done nothing to indicate he is leaving the sport (let alone make it clear what he wants to do after leaving, if/when he does so).
  7. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    For those whose careers didn't exactly include much post-amateur skating at all:

    1) Tenley Albright
    2) Michelle Kwan
    3) Debi Thomas
    4) Terry Kubicka
    5) Paul Wylie
  8. jlai

    jlai Title-less

    What does Terry Kubicka do, manleywoman?
  9. Jessica

    Jessica Well-Known Member

    I have to disagree about Paul Wylie (one of my all time favorites). He was with SOI for several years and competed in many pro comps.
  10. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    Uncle Dick had a pretty stellar career, Harvard JD and an almost 50 year broadcasting career. He also produced a lot of pro events in the 80s.
  11. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

  12. crzesk8dad

    crzesk8dad Well-Known Member

    As stated, Terry is a veterinarian, but also a National Technical Specialist, since 2005. He is in great demand for competitions and monitoring sessions. He does the Glacier Falls Summer Classic just about every summer. (Terry used to skate at the old Glacier Falls Ice Rink in Anaheim, CA).

    More importantly:

    "Terry Kubicka received his Bachelor of Science Degree at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at University of California in Davis. He continues to be involved in local organizations to promote the highest quality of veterinary medical care and alleviate the suffering of animals." - about.iceskating.com

    He was a great skater, is a great vet and a great supporter of skating.

    Thanks, Terry! :encore:
  13. neptune

    neptune Well-Known Member

    These discussions are interesting, but in all honesty, how can you rate somebody's life? You don't have to be doing something prestigious to have a quality life. Maybe some retired skaters just want to live quiet, peaceful lives with fulfilling relationships and meaningful (but not flashy) activities. Hard to rank something like that. ;)
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  14. jlai

    jlai Title-less

    True. That said, this thread is used to celebrate life after skating--without putting anybody down. FOr the purpose of discussions, this is no different than those top 100 most influential/great/etc. American/people/whatever lists in magazines. :)
  15. Spiralgraph

    Spiralgraph Well-Known Member

    I'd add the Jenkins brothers to this list

    Hayes Allen Jenkins, gold medalist in 1956 is a very successful lawyer who married Carol Heiss.

    His brother David, gold medalist in 1960, is a dentist.
  16. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    And Alain Calmat ?
    Doctor, and Minister of the Sport in France. :encore:
  17. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    And he was my veterinarian for 12 years! (...and a great guy.)

    DORISPULASKI Watching submarine races

    A vote for Uncle Dick:

    1. He graduated from Harvard law
    2. http://sports.jrank.org/pages/729/Button-Dick-Sportscaster-Producer.html
    He won an Emmy in 1981 for Outstanding Sports Personality
    3. Candid productions did the reality shows of the 1980's and 1990's-battle of the Network Stars and Supersports
  19. DarrellH

    DarrellH New Member

    Vera Wang
  20. pumba

    pumba New Member


    DORISPULASKI Watching submarine races

    Condoleeze Rice? :grin:
  22. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    ;) Well, Michelle is on her ways to eclipsing her . . . Michelle Kwan for President :D
  23. Susan M

    Susan M Well-Known Member

    Are you asking about skaters who accomplished something notable outside of skating ? I don't know about lists or rankings, but do want to add Wayne Seybold's name to the mix. He was a US Olympian in pairs and has been the Mayor of Marion, Indiana (pop approx. 31,000) since 2003.
  24. jlai

    jlai Title-less

    A mayor in the mix! Cool!
  25. cygnus

    cygnus Well-Known Member

    If you want a skater with a sucessful political career after skating, I don't know if anyone beats Otto Jelinek, World champion in pairs 1962, who became a cabinet minister in the Mulroney government, and is now a successful businessman in the Czech republic.

  26. query5

    query5 New Member

    not in any order

    michelle--envoy and getting a degree, tenely and debi both doctors great accomplishment
    plus debi-helping out with senior citizens etc.
    maybe the usfsa should help out with money for the trip.
    the mayor i forget his name -
    the jenkins brothers--
    sarah hughes for going to college
    jennifer kirk for her newspaper duty.
    there is so many that is hard to put down and sometimes we don't really know what they have done.

    that is all i know

    brian maybe cooking show,
    all the skaters who go to college like jennifer,
    loren galler rabinowitz etc.
    instead of skating on shows,
    paul i think did shows while might have went to college--not sure.
    kristi and scott for the charity work etc.
    sarah for going to college-hopefully moving on to be a lawyer.

    but it seems to me the skaters either go to college and then move on with their lives, or stay in skate in shows/tour and acting, commentating .
    which we sometimes see a bit too much of them.
    i don't mind skaters commentating but it is getting a bore or (too much) for so many athletes to be acting.
  27. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    Since the thread title mentions skaters and not just figure skaters, I'll add one of my all time faves, Eric Heiden. After his 5 gold medal Olympic performance, he switched to cycling and became the US Pro Road Champion as well as riding in the Tour de France.

    After his cycling career, he went to medical school and became an orthopedic surgeon. He now works regularly as a team doctor for US speed skating and BMC pro cycling team. Plus he and his wife have teamed with a leading sports doctor in cycling to establish a well known orthopedic center as well as conducting sports training camps.
  28. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Scott Kramer is a dentist.
  29. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

    Condoleeza Rice.