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    Tanith Belbin/Benjamin Agosto

    TANITH BELBIN
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    Tanith Jessica Louise Belbin (born July 11, 1984 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian-American ice dancer. Though she holds dual citizenship, she competes for the United States and has competed for the U.S. since she began skating with Benjamin Agosto in 1998. With Agosto, Belbin is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, three time Four Continents Champion (2004-2006), and four time US National Champion (2004-2007).
    Personal life
    Tanith Belbin was born in Kingston, Ontario and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She now lives and trains in Canton, Michigan.

    Belbin's mother is a costume designer and she makes some of Belbin's costumes.

    She is currently dating fellow figure skater Evan Lysacek.

    Tanith Belbin competed as a pair skater and ice dancer in Canada before concentrating completely on ice dancing. She was introduced to ice dancing by Paul Wirtz and competed with Liam Dougherty as an ice dancer and Ben Barruco as a pair skater in Canada. She did not compete internationally with them.

    Unable to find a good dance partner in Canada, Belbin moved to Detroit in 1998, where she was partnered with Benjamin Agosto by their coach Igor Shpilband. They had early success, winning the bronze at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in their first competitive season. Belbin and Agosto qualified for the 2002 Olympics by placing second at U.S. championships, but were not able to go because Belbin was not an American citizen. Because Belbin started the citizenship process before new rules went into effect her citizenship would not have been completed before 2007. Belbin and Agosto, therefore, focused more on Nationals and Worlds, winning Nationals four times, and earning the silver at Worlds going into the Olympics.

    Fans of Belbin and Agosto wrote letters and signed petitions asking for a special act of Congress to let Belbin become a citizen in time for her to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where many believed they could medal. This was a controversial move. The mother of fellow American ice dancer David Mitchell believed that it was unfair to bend the rules for Belbin. Supporters pointed out that the U.S. had three dance team spots at the Olympics only because Belbin and Agosto had earned the third spot by medalling at the 2005 World Championships. Had they not, the U.S. would have had only two spots. By this logic, Belbin and Agosto had earned their own spots. But the point was moot after Mitchell and his partner Loren Galler-Rabinowitz placed ninth at U.S. championships, nowhere near earning a spot on the World team.

    However, by a special act of Congress on December 28, 2005, which President George W. Bush signed on December 31, 2005, Belbin became a naturalized citizen, making her able to competefor the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In January 2006, the pair won their third consecutive national title and qualified for the Olympics. Maxim Zavozin, who is half of the 2005 Junior World Champion team of Matthews and Zavozin, also became a U.S. citizen through this special act.

    At the Turin Olympics, Belbin and Agosto won the silver medal in ice dancing, the highest Olympic result of any American pair in the discipline, and the first American ice dancers to win an Olympic medal in 30 years. They went on to win the bronze at Worlds. In January 2007, Belbin and Agosto continued their streak, winning their fourth consecutive U.S. championship in Spokane.


    BENJAMIN AGOSTO



    Benjamin Alexandro Agosto (born January 15, 1982, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American ice dancer. With partner Tanith Belbin, Agosto is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, 2004-2006 Four Continents Champion, and 2004-2007 US National Champion

    Personal life
    Benjamin Agosto was born January 15, 1982, in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Northbrook, Illinois. He moved to Detroit, Michigan in June 1998 in order to train under Igor Shpilband. Agosto is Jewish on his mother's side and Puerto Rican on his father's side. Agosto attended Glenbrook North High School for two years before moving to Michigan where he graduated with honors from Groves High School in June 2000. Agosto played in a high school jazz band and hopes to become a blues player someday. He is also a voice actor and has voiced characters in video games. Agosto also works as a skating coach.

    Benjamin Agosto lives and trains in Canton, Michigan.

    Career
    Benjamin Agosto started skating at age six, after receiving a pair of ice skates for his birthday. Early in his career, he was coached by Susie Wynne He teamed up first with Katie Hill, skating with her on the novice and junior levels, including internationally. They skated out of Midwestern Section. When that partnership ended, Agosto moved from Chicago to Michigan in 1998 to train under Igor Shpilband, who teamed him up with his new partner.

    In 1998, he was partnered with Tanith Belbin and the team immediately saw results on the junior level in the 1999-2000 season, their first competitive season, winning the junior national title as well as the bronze medal at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships. In their first year skating senior nationally, they placed second at Nationals, qualifying them for the senior Worlds team. Following that, Belbin and Agosto were sent to both Worlds and Junior Worlds every year they were age-eligible.

    Belbin and Agosto qualified for the 2002 Winter Olympics with a second place finish at the United States Figure Skating Championships, but were ineligible to compete there because the Canadian-born Belbin was not an American citizen. Instead, Belbin and Agosto were sent to all the other ISU Championships for which they were eligible: Four Continents, Junior Worlds, and Worlds. They won 2002 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, completing their set of medals from that event. Following that season, Agosto aged out of juniors.

    In 2004, Belbin and Agosto won the U.S. Championship and have repeated three times. At Nationals in 2005, the last year of the 6.0 system, Belbin & Agosto earned straight perfect sixes for presentation in their free dance. Of the 30 6.0s given out in ice dance at US Nationals, Belbin & Agosto have 14 of them. Their 6.0 count is second only to Michelle Kwan's career 38 at nationals.

    In February 2005, Belbin and 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.

    Though they earned silver medals for the United States at the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships, Belbin and Agosto were originally ineligible to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics as Belbin was not yet an American citizen. 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 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. Belbin and Agosto went on to win the Olympic silver medal in ice dance on February 20, 2006. They were the first American ice dance team since 1976, the first year ice dancing was contested at the Olympics, to win an Olympic medal.

    Belbin & Agosto began the 2006-2007 season with a free dance called That's Entertainment. After receiving less-than-steller feedback on it, they scrapped the free dance and came to Nationals with a new program to the music of Amelie. With this free dance, they won Nationals, the silver medal at Four Continents, and the bronze at Worlds.

    Belbin and Agosto have been regular cast members of the Champions on Ice tour for the past three seasons.
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    Tanith mi se pare cea mai frumoasa patinatoare ... desi exista un echilibru in balanta intre tanith si kiira ... oricum, e superba tanith

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    cred ca sunt o "fana" a lor la fel de mare cum multi de aici sunt ai carolinei kostner........

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    Te intelegem Totusi imi plac cat de cat, nu prea mult, dar ...
    "We believe Hanyu could win the gold because Daisuke Takahashi, the ace in Japan’s men’s figure skating, paved the way to the world for the other Japanese figure skaters."
    The Japan News, February 2014

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    Tanith e frumusica, dar totusi...extrem de slaba..ca si pereche, nu ma omor dupa ei ceea ce nu stiam despre Tanith este ca she`s dating Evan Lysacek
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    cateva poze , desi nu-s fani multi de-ai lor, din cate observ :d sper sa mearga uploadul
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    e foarte dragutza tipa da mie ca si patinatori nu'mi zic mare lucru...
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    mi-au placut la ceva campionat....nu mai stiu exact anul!:l
    oricum....ea e sooper dragutza!

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    sper sa nu castige nicio medalie

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    Sunt si ei ghinionisti in felul lor.
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    Mie imi pare rau cand vad o pereche buna (chiar dak sunt americani, tot buni sunt), care a muncit un an intreg si le-au iesit toate bune si frumoase, iar intr-o secunda in acel an sa piarda tot ce vroiau. La aur nu mai ajung.Sau, nu se stie niciodata

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    Imi plac americanii. Ar fi avut ocazia sa fie primii americani din proba de dans care castiga o medalie de aur, dar poate ca nu este totul pierdut. Ai dreptate rocs, toti isi cunosc potentialul, ceea ce pot, toti se antreneaza foarte mult si tocmai din aceasta cauza trebuie sa le dorim la toti numai bine, sa fie pe locul pe care il merita fiecare.

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    mi-a parut si mie rau de munca lor ,ca s-a dus pe apa sambetei dar nu pot sa spun ca imi displace locul pe care sunt acum

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    Si mie mi-a parut rau de ei.....aveau sanse mari sa ia aurul!

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    Mie imi place mult de ei, sunt un cuplu foarte dragut, si mi se par talentati V-au placut la gala? Chiar cand spune comentatorul ca ar merge ceva mai dinamic, au venit ei cu Justin Timberlake..au dansat super!! Are cineva videoul cu ei (la gala)?
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    florinush ti-l trimit eu cat de curand. daca cumva uit mai adu-mi aminte.
    mie imi place ben mai mult edcat tanith. la repetitiile pt gala ben a fost f funny. si-a pus panglica in jurul gatului si tanith il tinea de ea iar el sarea ca un iepure.
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    Iti multumesc mult, Irina! Haha...cred k a fost amuzant! Da, ai dreptate, Tanith e mai rigida, cred k oboseste prea repede sau nu stiu unde e problema. Ben are o energie...
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    si ben se juca cu panglica si o folosea asa ca pe un bici. nu aveam vreo simpatie deosebita pt el inainte de cmul asta. dar acum chiar mi-e simpatic. de fapt si ben si brian asta au facut cu panglica intai. au vrut sa vada daca merge ca bici
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    dak zici tu Irina ca e asa dragutz in afara competitiilor, asa o fi, ca i-ai vazut pe viu
    insa, pe mine ma cam enerveaza cateodata mutra lui ben la tv, are figura aia de american fara griji, care toate-i merg bine, chiar dak el e jos de tot. nu zic k e rau sa fii increzator, optimist, dar are o expresie faciala care mi se pare exagerata , enervanta. asa mi se pare.
    desi sunt fata si not gay, pot zice k frumusetea lui tanith imi captiveaza toata atentia de la reactiile ei , comportamentul care se vede pe ecran si alte d-astea

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    recunosc ca initial mi au atras atentia prin frumusetea lu tanith, insa acum imi plac si ca pereche, cred ca se descurca foarte bine si pe viitor chiar mi as dori sa scape de "complexul" locului 2 si sa ia o medalie de aur
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