Benjamin Agosto
Figure skater
Benjamin Agosto
Benjamin Alexandro Agosto is an American ice dancer. With partner Tanith Belbin, Agosto is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a four-time World medalist, the 2004–2006 Four Continents champion, and 2004–2008 U.S. champion.
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NYTimes - about 7 years
9 P.M. (ABC) DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES In the wake of a plane crash, the women contemplate how their choices have affected their lives. Susan (Teri Hatcher) imagines a life with Karl (Richard Burgi), and Bree (Marcia Cross) imagines a life without Orson (Kyle MacLachlan). Lynette (Felicity Huffman) wonders about her future with twins, and Carlos
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NOTEBOOK; Wagner Seeks to Fill Role as United States Favorite
NYTimes - over 7 years
Some of the world's best figure skaters will compete in Tokyo next week at the Grand Prix Final, a key event as the Vancouver Winter Games draw near. For the women, Kim Yu-na of South Korea, the reigning world champion and the favorite to win the gold medal in Vancouver, will be there. So will Joannie Rochette of Canada, who is expected to be
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Kim Shaky in Free Skate, but Still Wins
NYTimes - over 7 years
Just before Kim Yu-na of South Korea began her long program at Skate America, she stopped to adjust the shoelaces on her left boot. Earlier, those laces had been too loose. Then they felt too tight. As her final performance approached, nothing seemed right. ''Those kind of little things make me nervous,'' said Kim, the reigning world champion, who
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U.S. Women Are Seeking A Contender For Skating
NYTimes - over 7 years
Fewer than three months remain until the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics, but Rachael Flatt -- the top-ranked American woman in figure skating -- is not yet dreaming of becoming a star at the Winter Games. For Flatt and every rival countrywoman trying to make it to Vancouver, it is way too early for that. ''I'm trying to make the team
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Among Men, Many Olympic Contenders
NYTimes - over 7 years
When the tall, dark and talented figure skater Evan Lysacek glided by a crowd of fans at Skate America during practice Friday, eyes and cheers followed him. ''Ooh, he's the world champion,'' one mother said to her young daughter, who was staring at Lysacek. ''That means he's the best.'' Lysacek, 24, is the men's star at this week's Skate America
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NYTimes - almost 9 years
Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao of China executed a flawless short program Tuesday to take the lead in the pairs competition in the World Figure Skating Championships in Goteborg, Sweden. Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany were second and Yuko Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov of Russia third. In ice dance, Isabelle Delobel and Olivier
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WINTER SPORTS ROUNDUP; Swiss Skater Adjusts After Two Bad Jumps to Win Title
NYTimes - about 9 years
The two-time world champion Stéphane Lambiel won the Grand Prix final men's figure skating title Saturday, adjusting his program after two faulty jumps to edge Daisuke Takahashi of Japan in Turin, Italy. The American skaters Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir committed errors -- each falling in the free skate -- to finish third and fourth. The Russians
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WORTH NOTING; From Montclair State To Turin, With Love
NYTimes - about 11 years
Tatyana Navka and Roman Kostomarov, who won gold medals in ice dancing last Monday in Turin, may have represented Russia in the Olympic Winter Games, but New Jersey can share in their glory. The two prepared for the Games at Floyd Hall Arena on the campus of Montclair State University. Navka and Kostomarov are among a group of skaters who train
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2006 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES: ADVERTISING; Madison Avenue Is Still Seeking Its Olympic Star
NYTimes - about 11 years
When Sasha Cohen of the United States glides onto the Palavela ice Thursday for her Olympic long program, she will be competing against the Russian skater Irina Slutskaya for the gold medal -- and presumably against the speedskater Joey Cheek and the snowboarder Shaun White for the front of the Wheaties box. The Winter Olympics have become the
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No Soul on Ice
NYTimes - about 11 years
THE point system that the International Skating Union adopted in the wake of the judging scandal in Salt Lake City four years ago and that is on display here at the Winter Olympics is a positive development, but there are some downsides. There's no question that the new system is fairer and more quantifiable. Even if it's harder for the audience to
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Benjamin Agosto
  • 2016
    Age 34
    The induction ceremony was held on January 22, 2016 at the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Agosto works as a coach and choreographer. He has choreographed for three Disney on Ice shows and in 2014, he became the director of ice dance at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Arizona. Also Agosto worked as a voice actor for a video game in 2006, and expressed an interest in continuing in the field. He has performed on television as a spokesperson for the United States Census.
  • 2015
    Age 33
    On December 15, 2015, U.S. Figure Skating announced Belbin and Agosto would be members of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
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  • 2010
    Age 28
    At the 2010 U.S. Championships, they were unable to reclaim their national title, finishing second behind Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Belbin/Agosto were nominated to represent the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics. They finished 4th in the Olympic ice dancing event. They did not compete at the 2010 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details On June 10, 2010, Belbin and Agosto announced their retirement from eligible skating. Since then they have toured professionally in ice shows.
  • 2009
    Age 27
    They withdrew from the 2009 U.S. Championships before the event began to due Agosto's injury. They were named to the team to the 2009 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details At Worlds, they won the original dance and placed second in the compulsory and free dances to win the silver medal overall. Belbin/Agosto won both their Grand Prix events in the 2009-10 season: the 2009 Cup of China and the 2009 Skate America. They withdrew from the Grand Prix Final for medical reasons.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    With partner Tanith Belbin, Agosto is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a four-time World medalist, the 2004–2006 Four Continents champion, and 2004–2008 U.S. champion.
    More Details Hide Details Benjamin Agosto was born January 15, 1982, in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Northbrook, Illinois. He is the son of a Puerto Rican father and a Jewish mother whose family has roots in Romania and Russia. Agosto attended grade school at the Chicago Waldorf School, then spent two years at Glenbrook North High School, and graduated with honors from Michigan's Groves High School in June 2000. He played in a high school jazz band. Agosto lived in Detroit, Michigan from June 1998 and then Canton, Michigan before moving to Aston, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2008. He relocated to Lacey, Washington in September 2010 and to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2014. Agosto started skating at age six, after receiving a pair of ice skates for his birthday, and started ice dancing at about age 12. Early in his career, he was coached by Susie Wynne.
  • 2005
    Age 23
    Belbin/Agosto won the silver medal at the 2005 World Championships. Their silver medal combined with the placement of the other American team earned the United States three spots to the Olympics in ice dance, the first time this had happened since 1984. By a special act of Congress that passed on December 28, 2005, which President Bush signed on New Year's Eve, 2005, Belbin became a naturalized citizen of the USA, making her able to compete for the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
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  • 2004
    Age 22
    Belbin/Agosto were regular cast members of the Champions on Ice tour from 2004 until COI went out of business following the 2007 season. They were guest stars on part of the 2008 Stars on Ice tour. In April 2008, Belbin/Agosto left Igor Shpilband and began working with the married coaching team of Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov at the Ice Works Skating Complex in Aston, Pennsylvania.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to teaching different technique, Linichuk advised Belbin to gain 10 pounds and develop some muscles in order to skate faster and more fluidly. This also gave Belbin more core strength to hold her positions better, thus making lifts easier for Agosto. Belbin/Agosto began the 2008–2009 season at the 2008 Skate America and 2008 Cup of China, winning silver at both competitions. They withdrew from the 2008 - 2009 ISU Grand Prix Final after the original dance due to a back injury to Agosto.
    Belbin/Agosto won the 2004 U.S. national title and would go on to repeat four times.
    More Details Hide Details At Nationals in 2005, the last year of the 6. system, they received straight perfect sixes for presentation in their free dance. Of the 30 6.0s given out in ice dance at U.S. Nationals, Belbin/Agosto have 14 of them. Their total 6. count at the U.S. Championships is second only to Michelle Kwan (38). In February 2005, Belbin/Agosto organized and performed in their own figure skating benefit show, Skate Aid for Tsunami Relief, which raised more than $37,000 for Red Cross relief efforts.
  • 2001
    Age 19
    In 2001–2002, Belbin/Agosto made their senior Grand Prix debut and won another silver medal at the U.S. Championships, which would have qualified them for the 2002 Winter Olympics if Belbin had been an American citizen. Instead, Belbin/Agosto were sent to all the other ISU Championships for which they were eligible: Four Continents, Junior Worlds, and Worlds. They won the 2002 World Junior Championships, completing their set of medals from that event.
    More Details Hide Details Following that season, Agosto aged out of juniors.
    They appeared on the senior level at the 2001 U.S. Championships and won the silver medal, qualifying them for their first senior World Championships, where they finished 17th.
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  • 2000
    Age 18
    They went on to win the U.S. junior national title and then took the bronze medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000–2001, Belbin/Agosto competed again on the JGP series, taking gold in all three of their events including the Final.
  • 1995
    Age 13
    He skated with Katie Hill from 1995 to 1998, competing with her on the novice and junior levels, including internationally.
    More Details Hide Details They skated out of Midwestern Section. When that partnership ended, Agosto moved from Chicago to Michigan in 1998 in order to train under Igor Shpilband. In 1998, Agosto's coach partnered him with Canadian Tanith Belbin. In the 1999–2000 season, they won a pair of medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and finished 4th at the JGP Final.
  • 1982
    Age 0
    Born on January 15, 1982.
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