Mayor Bronzes March 25 in History as Official Timothy Goebel Day

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Byline: Erin Holmes

Other than coming after Palm Sunday, March 25 didn't have any particular significance this year.

Until recently.

Mayor Thomas F. Menzel has proclaimed that date the official Timothy Goebel Day, in honor of the bronze medal-winning figure skating Olympian and who got his start in this suburban city.

In a proclamation read at a recent city council meeting, Menzel thanked Goebel for his drive, enthusiasm and "making us so proud."

Goebel this winter became the first American man to medal in the sport of figure skating in years.

And he's not done yet.

Fresh off the Olympics, Goebel is skating in the World Championships. According to a Web site in his honor, he was in 3rd place Wednesday after the short program in that competition. Word has it this spring and summer he'll be touring with Champions on Ice.

Goebel grew up in Rolling Meadows, but left several years ago to pursue heavy training. His father stayed in the city all along.

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