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Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Silver 1992 Albertville Men's singles
Paul Wylie
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Wylie at the 2007 An Evening with Champions
Personal information
Country represented:  United States
Date of birth: October 24, 1964 (1964-10-24) (age 45)
Former partner: Dana Graham
Former coach: Evy Scotvold, Mary Scotvold, Carlo Fassi, John Nicks
Retired: 1992

Paul Stanton Wylie (born October 28, 1964) is an American figure skater and 1992 Olympic silver medalist.

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Biography

Born in Dallas, Texas, Wylie began skating at the age of three. At age eleven, his family moved to Denver, Colorado, where he began to train with Carlo Fassi. Wylie remained with Fassi for nine years, first in Denver and later in Colorado Springs when Fassi relocated to the Broadmoor Skating Club. As a young skater, Wylie additionally worked with John Curry and Robin Cousins, who were also students of Fassi. Cousins lived with the Wylie family while he was training for the 1980 Winter Olympics.

In 1979, Wylie won the novice men's title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and in 1981, he won both the U.S. junior title and the World Junior Championship.

At the same time, Wylie was competing in pair skating with partner Dana Graham. They won the junior pairs title at the 1980 U.S. nationals. They were coached by John Nicks, commuting to work with him in California. They placed eighth in the senior division at the 1981 U.S. nationals, but then dissolved their partnership when they lost financial sponsorship.

In 1985, wanting to reconstruct some of his technique, Wylie left Fassi and began to train instead with Evy and Mary Scotvold, who were at that time located in Janesville, Wisconsin. Shortly afterwards, they all moved to the Boston area. Wylie attended Harvard University beginning in 1986. He was a member of the Fox Club, one of eight elite final clubs at the college.[citation needed] He graduated in 1991.

Wylie placed second at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1988, 1990, and 1992. He won the silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. The medal was considered a major upset. Wylie had never finished higher than ninth at the World Figure Skating Championships — four years prior — and had skated such a poor performance at the U.S. Championships immediately prior to the games that reporters questioned his placement on the Olympic team. The USFSA had even left Wylie off the team for the 1992 World Championships, naming Mark Mitchell in his place.

After the Olympics, Wylie joined the professional skating ranks. He won the 1992 U.S. Open Professional Championship and the 1993 World Professional Figure Skating Championships. Wylie toured with Stars on Ice from 1992 to 1998 before retiring to attend Harvard Business School and work in the corporate world. For some time he held a position with The Walt Disney Company.

In 2004, after leaving Disney, Wylie returned to the ice for twenty two dates with Stars on Ice. He has also continued his long association with An Evening with Champions, the annual benefit show at Harvard. Wylie has worked as a sports commentator/analyst, most recently for ESPN and Universal Sports.

On August 14, 1999, Wylie married Cape Cod blueblood Kate Presbrey. They have three children, Hannah, Emma and Caleb, and currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina where Wylie previously worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, as director of the Dare to be a Daniel program.[1] Wylie is currently in business for himself running a sports-related travel agency and is coaching figure skaters at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina.

On January 10, 2008, the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame announced that Wylie would be inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame on January 25, 2008.

Awards

  • U.S. Olympic Spirit Award (1992)
  • U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Inductee (2008)

Professional competitive highlights

  • Ice Wars 1996 (team) 1st
  • Battle of the Sexes 1996 (men's team) 1st
  • Mike Masters 1996 1st
  • Challenge of Champions 1995 1st
  • Fall Team Pro-Am (team) 1st, 1st overall
  • Ice Wars 1995 (team) 1st
  • Miko Masters Paris Championships 1995 1st
  • Ice Wars 1994 (team) 1st
  • Spring Pro-Am 1994 1st
  • World Challenge of Champions 1993 1st
  • World Professional Figure Skating Championships 1993 1st
  • Fall Pro-Am 3rd 1993 Miko Masters Paris Championships 1993 1st
  • World Challenge of Champions 1992 1st
  • U.S. Open Professional Championships 1992 1st
  • Fall Pro-Am 1992 1st

Results

Event 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 1988-89 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92
Winter Olympic Games 10th 2nd
World Championships 9th 10th 11th
U.S. Championships 11th 5th 4th 5th 5th 5th 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd
Skate Canada International 2nd 3rd
Trophée Lalique 1st
NHK Trophy 5th 2nd 4th
Nations Cup 3rd

Education

Notes

  1. ^ Jerri Menges. "Dare to Be a Daniel". Decision Magazine. BGEA. http://www.billygraham.org/DMag_article.asp?ArticleID=699. Retrieved 2006-10-16. 

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