Although Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto have already enjoyed the fruits of hard work and dedication to the sport of figure skating upon winning the silver medal at the 2006 Olympics, their work is not done.
This season, the current World bronze medalists placed second at Cup of China and first at Cup of Russia, easily qualifying for a spot at the Grand Prix Final.
After a year without a partner in Canada, Belbin moved to Detroit in 1998, where she was partnered with Benjamin Agosto by their coach Igor Shpilband. junior national title and then took the bronze medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships. Championships and won the silver medal, qualifying them for their first senior World Championships, where they finished 17th. Fans of Belbin / Agosto wrote letters and signed petitions asking for a special act of Congress to allow Belbin to become a citizen in time for her to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where many believed they could medal. However, the mother of fellow American ice dancer David Mitchell sent a letter to Senator Hillary Clinton, asking her to vote against it.
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. In 2000–2001, Belbin / Agosto competed again on the JGP series, taking gold in all three of their events including the Final. In 2001–2002, Belbin / Agosto made their senior Grand Prix debut and won another silver medal at the U. Championships, which would have qualified them for the 2002 Winter Olympics if Belbin had been an American citizen. national title and would go on to repeat four times. In addition, it was Belbin / Agosto who earned a third spot for the U. in the Olympic ice dancing event, by winning a medal at the 2005 World Championships, without which the U. Ultimately, by a special act of Congress sponsored by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) that passed on December 28, 2005, which President George W.
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Began skating at age 2 1/2 because her mom was a skating coach ...
Participated in Can Skate, Skate Canada's learn-to-skate program ... Had five dance partners before teaming up with Agosto ...
Tanith Jessica Louise Belbin (born July 11, 1984) is a Canadian-American ice dancer.
Though born in Canada, she holds dual citizenship and has competed for the United States since she began skating with Benjamin Agosto in 1998. The amendment was authored by Senator Carl Levin who stated "This amendment corrects an anomaly in the law that unfairly disadvantaged some people who had begun their naturalization process before 2002.