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Nicole Bobek - Ice Skating Champion

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Figure Skating Champion Nicole Bobek

Figure Skating Champion Nicole Bobek

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Ice Skating Champion:

Ice skater, Nicole Bobek, won the 1995 U.S. Figure Skating Championship and also was ranked third in the world that year.

Arrested On Drug Charges In 2009:

In July of 2009, Bobek was arrested in connection with an alleged drug ring.

Infectious Personality:

Nicole was best known for her infectious and happy personality. This personality was famous on and off the ice.

Born:

Nicole was born on August 23, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois.

Talented Family:

Her mother and her grandmother were figure skaters in the Czech Republic. They immigrated to the United States in the 1960's. In the Czech Republic, her grandfather was a famous composer.

Skating Training :

Nicole changed coaches at least eleven times during her competitive skating days. Some of the coaches that Nicole worked with include Carlo Fassi, Kathy Casey, Richard Callaghan, Frank Carroll, Barbara Roles, Debbie Stoery, and Robin Cousins. Richard Callaghan coached her during her successful 1995 year. She was coached by Carlo Fassi at the 1997 World Figure Skating Championships. Fassi had a heart attack at that worlds and died.

1998 Olympics:

Nicole came in 17th at the 1998 Olympics. It was a disappoionting finish. She did not compete in the 1998 world championships due to injury. She is remembered for smiling and waving during the closing ceremonies at the 1998 Olympics.

After the Olympics:

Nicole hoped to compete at U.S. Natioals in 1999, but had to withdraw due to health problems. In 2000, she turned professional and toured with Champions on Ice and other shows. She made some professional appearances and competed in professional competitions.

Signature Move:

Nicole Bobek did a spiral with the free leg extended very, very high in the air. Young ice skaters from everywhere copied that beautiful figure skating move.

Charged With Home Invasion :

Bobek was caught and charged in 1994 with first degree home invasion. She was accused of taking cash from a purse. The cash was returned, but she was still charged for the crime.

Nicole Bobek - Ice Skating Coach:

Bobek went on to coach ice skating in Florida.

Highlights of Nicole Bobek's Competitive Skating:

  • 1991 U.S. Championships - 8th, U.S. Olympic Festival - 1st
  • 1992 U.S. Championships - 7th
  • 1993 U.S. Championships - 5th
  • 1994 U.S. Championships - 3rd
  • 1995 U.S. Championships - 1st, World Championships - 3rd
  • 1997 U.S. Championships - 3rd, World Championships - 13th
  • 1998 U.S. Championships - 3rd

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