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Paul Wylie - 1992 Men's Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist

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Paul Wylie - 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Men's Silver Medalist

Paul Wylie - 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Men's Silver Medalist

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Paul Wylie - Silver Medalist, 1992 Winter Olympics:

Paul Wylie won a silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France. He competed in eleven consecutive United States National Figure Skating Championships at the senior level.

Wylie's Olympic long program included several triple jumps including a triple Axel, a triple flip, and triple Lutz-double toe loop combination.

Surprise Win in 1992:

Wylie's Olympic silver medal win was a surprise win since at previous international figure skating events, Wylie had not skated well. Although he placed second at the 1992 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, his inconsistent record caused him to not be chosen for the 1992 World Figure Skating Team.

Date and Place of Birth:

Paul Wylie was born in Dallas, Texas on October 24, 1964.

Early Skating:

Wylie began skating when he was three years old. He trained as a young ice skater in Dallas, Texas, but his family relocated to Colorado to train under Carlo Fassi when he was eleven. During his years training in Colorado, he represented the prestigious Broadmoor Skating Club.

Single and Pair Skater

In addition to competing in singles, Wylie also was a successful pair skater. He won the U.S. National Junior Pairs Skating title with Dana Graham in 1980.

Coaches:

As a young skater, Paul Wylie trained under Carlo Fassi, who taught Olympic figure skating champions Peggy Fleming, John Curry, and Dorothy Hamill. During the latter part of his amateur skating career, Wylie was coached by Evy and Mary Scotvold. Paul and his pair skating partner, Dana Graham, also traveled to southern California to train under John A.W. Nicks who coached world pair skating champions, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner.

Education:

Paul Wylie graduated from Harvard University in 1991. Later, he attended Harvard Business School.

Amateur Competition Highlights:

  • 1979 U.S. National Novice Men's Champion
  • 1980 U.S. National Junior Men's Silver Medalist
  • 1980 U.S. National Junior Pairs Champion
  • 1981 U.S. National Junior Men's Champion
  • 1981 World Junior Champion
  • 1988 U.S. National Senior Men's Silver Medalist
  • 1988 Olympic and World Team Member
  • 1989 U.S. National Senior Men's Bronze Medalist
  • 1990 U.S. National Senior Men's Silver Medalist
  • 1991 U.S. National Senior Men's Bronze Medalist
  • 1992 U.S. National Senior Men's Silver Medalist
  • 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Men's Silver Medalist

Professional Skating Highlights:

After the Olympics, Paul Wylie enjoyed a successful professional figure skating career. He won the 1992 U.S. Open Professional Championship and the 1993 World Professional Figure Skating Championships, and he toured with Stars on Ice. He also worked as a figure skating televison commentator. He coaches figure skating and owns a sports related travel agency.

Host - An Evening With Champions :

In recent years, 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist and Harvard graduate Paul Wylie has served as the host for "An Evening With Champions," an annual figure skating performance that is run by students from Harvard University. The show raises funds for the Jimmy Fund and pediatric cancer research.

Honors and Awards:

On January 25, 2008, Paul Wylie was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In 1992, he received the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award. In 2007, he was inducted to the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame.

Family:

Paul Wylie is married and has three children. The family lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Strong Christian Faith:

It is known that Paul Wylie's Christian faith is and was very important to him. He gave credit to God for his successful figure skating career.
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