Tai Babilonia
Figure skater
Tai Babilonia
Tai Reina Babilonia is an American pair skater. With partner Randy Gardner, she was the 1979 World Champion and the 1976-1980 U.S. national champion and two time olympian '76, '80.
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After 52 years, Culver City Ice Arena prepares to skate away
LATimes - about 3 years
The rink, where champion skaters and L.A. Kings hockey players practiced, has lost its lease and is scheduled to close next month. Tai Babilonia was just 8 in 1968 when her skating coach suggested she grab the hand of an athletic 10-year-old named Randy Gardner and take a few turns around the Culver City Ice Arena.     
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Renowned photographer Wayne Schoenfeld returns to the big top in ‘Circus of the Heart’ his celebrated Icons Iconoclasts circus trilogy
California News Wire - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Renowned photographer Wayne Schoenfeld returns to the big top in "Circus of the Heart," the completion of his celebrated "Icons/Iconoclasts" circus trilogy, the largest contemporary photographic series of the 1930's North American circus, February 26, at LA Circus, 6319 Eucalyptus Ave., Jarupa Valley, CA 92509. At the LA Circus "back lot," where the TV series "Carnivale" and the film "Water for Elephants" were shot, Schoenfeld brings 150 actors, extras and professional circus performers together, including Tai the smartest Elephant in the world and World Figure Skating Champion and Olympian, Tai Babilonia. Shot in Schoenfeld's "Tableaux Vivant" style, "Circus of the Heart" represents the third in his Icons/Iconoclasts series of circus photographic exhibits. Since 2007 the series has exhibited in U.S. and European museums and Festivals. Parts of the series are also included in "Cirque du Soleil's" private collection and have been seen aud ...
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E is for Entertainment - Jerusalem Post
Google News - over 5 years
Covering (or uncovering ) topics that range from adult industry entertainers and athletes to TV shows and venues, the series has profiled athletes from Tai Babilonia to Tiger Woods; comedians from John Belushi to Joan Rivers; couples and families from
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Larry Platt: David Brenner will perform at the Sellersville Theater - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
Two-time Olympic figure skater Tai Babilonia, Brenner's girlfriend. It was just another day in West Philly. This week, don't be surprised if that scene more or less repeats itself throughout the region. Brenner is back in town, performing tomorrow
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Ashley Wagner to train with John Nicks, Phillip Mills - Figure Skaters Online
Google News - over 5 years
Over the last 43 years, Nicks has coached 40 US champions at the novice, junior and senior levels, including World pairs champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, and 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen. Reigning US Junior Ladies Champion
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After disappointing season, Ashley Wagner is now training with Sasha Cohen's coach - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Nicks is best known for working with Cohen, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, and world pairs champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner. Nicks has trained 40 US champions at the novice, junior and senior levels the past 43 years
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT
NYTimes - about 11 years
8 P.M. (USA) WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- Over at Madison Square Garden, more than 2,500 outstanding dogs representing 165 breeds are competing hard for the biggest best-in-show title of them all. Tonight's live three-hour entertainment includes the judging of the terriers (representing Airedales to Westies) and the working group (Akitas to
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Replace the Dance Floor With Ice, and It Just Works
NYTimes - about 11 years
The kaleidoscope opening is great. Shambling Master P is great. The astounding, muscle-bound bodies of Lisa Rinna and Stacy Keibler are great. But this season, ABC's ''Dancing With the Stars'' lacks something -- novelty? Maybe now that we know what a rumba is, and a quickstep and a Viennese waltz, it's all just ballroom dancing. More thrilling to
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT
NYTimes - about 11 years
9 P.M. (Fox) SKATING WITH CELEBRITIES -- Series premiere. If Nancy Kerrigan thinks Disney parades are corny, wait until she sees herself on this. Ms. Kerrigan tries to turn Dave Coulier, once of ''Full House,'' into her figure-skating partner on this new competition show. Other odd couples include Kurt Browning with Deborah Gibson (right), the
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Karol Kennedy Kucher, U.S. Skating Champion, Dies at 72
NYTimes - over 12 years
Karol Kennedy Kucher, who teamed up with her brother, Peter Kennedy, to win the gold medal in pairs at the 1950 world figure-skating championships and a silver medal at the 1952 Winter Olympics, died on Friday at a hospital in Seattle. She was 72. The cause was pneumonia, her brother said. Karol and Peter Kennedy, known as the Kennedy Kids, were
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JERSEY; Some Olympic Flames Burn Brighter
NYTimes - about 15 years
MY husband is at the Olympics, enjoying the most glamorous part of his job as a radio correspondent. He has also been to Sydney, Nagano and Atlanta. Glamorous, yes. But his first day in Salt Lake City, they fitted him for a gas mask. I'm still here in New Jersey, covering the usual suburban vanities -- and taking out the trash. I have not been
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FIGURE SKATING; A Pioneer at the Rink Is Proud of Her Legacy
NYTimes - about 16 years
Growing up in New York in the 1930's, Mabel Fairbanks watched other kids skating in Central Park, twirling and spinning on the ice, and she ached to join them. But she could not. Fairbanks was an African-American living in Harlem, and as far as the skating community was concerned, little girls like Fairbanks had no business lacing up their skates
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FIGURE SKATING ; A World Title Crowns Berezhnaya's Comeback
NYTimes - almost 19 years
Completing one of the great comeback stories in sports, Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze of Russia won the pairs title at the world figure skating championships tonight. Two years ago, Berezhnaya lay in a hospital, temporarily unable to speak, much less skate, after a severe head injury threatened her life as well as her career. In
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PLUS: FIGURE SKATING -- WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS; Meno and Sand Win Short Program
NYTimes - almost 19 years
With two Olympic pairs medalists absent and the third continuing to struggle, Jenni Meno and Todd Sand of the United States won a diluted short program last night in Minneapolis at the world championships. Artur Dmitriev and Oksana Kazakova of Russia, the Olympic champions, withdrew tonight after Dmitriev suffered a case of food poisoning. Mandy
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TV SPORTS; When Lampley Can Talk, He's Sharp
NYTimes - about 19 years
Jim Lampley, laryngitis and all, is having a grand time as TNT's Winter Olympic host. Each weekday, from 3 A.M. to 8 A.M. Nagano time, he has taken his perch on TNT's hillside set, which is open on three sides to snow and temperatures as low as 24 degrees. Vapor shoots from his mouth. And he has insisted on wearing a new wardrobe of business
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ATLANTIC CITY;At the Casinos
NYTimes - about 21 years
What's happening onstage at all the Atlantic City casinos this week. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, (800) 736-1420. Bally's Park Place Boardwalk and Park Place. (800) 225-5977. PARK CABARET "Legends in Concert," impersonations of Kenny Rogers, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. Sunday at 7:30 and 10 P.M.; Monday
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FIGURE SKATING; Figure-Skating Drama Far Bigger Than the Rink
NYTimes - about 23 years
Even as figure skating has moved into the forefront as a prime-time attraction, the sport has maintained a pattern that seems constructed from afternoon soap operas. This week's attack on Nancy Kerrigan, one of America's leading candidates for an Olympic gold medal, is the latest episode in skating's often turbulent world. With Kerrigan out of the
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FIGURE SKATING; Changing Roles For Yamaguchi
NYTimes - about 26 years
When Kristi Yamaguchi skates onto the ice Saturday afternoon and the music begins, she will assume the role of Delilah, a provocative temptress. With a convincing performance, she could have her first women's national figure skating title. This is quite a departure from the character she played the first time she won a national title. Skating with
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SPORTS OF THE TIMES; Saving Their Lives
NYTimes - about 26 years
DAVE HUNTER was never much of a role model when he played for the Edmonton Oilers. He was a capable ruffian who allowed the superior players to display their skills and their charisma while he shivered somebody in the corner. This afternoon, Hunter accomplishes something more important than anything he ever did on the artificial ponds of North
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tai Babilonia
    THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 31
    Babilonia has a son, Scout Gabriel (born in January 1995), with her ex-husband Cary Butler, whom she married in 1991 and divorced in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details She is currently single.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 19
    The pair were five-time gold medalists at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and won the gold medal at the 1979 World Figure Skating Championships.
    More Details Hide Details They were medal favorites at the 1980 Olympics but were forced to withdraw due to an injury to Gardner. Babilonia was the first figure skater of partial African American descent to win U.S. and World titles. She is also part Filipino on her father's side and part Native American. Babilonia appeared in the 2006 FOX television program Skating with Celebrities, partnered with Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner (Decathlon).
    With partner Randy Gardner, she was the 1979 World Champion and the 1976-1980 U.S. national champion and two time olympian '76, '80.
    More Details Hide Details Babilonia & Gardner began skating together when Babilonia was eight years old and Gardner was ten. Their coach from '72 till '80 was John Nicks.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on September 22, 1959.
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