Frank Carroll, beloved Olympic determine skating coach, useless at 85

Frank Carroll, a Corridor of Fame coach and outstanding determine on the planet of determine skating, died on Sunday. He was 85. 

U.S. Determine Skating put out an announcement on social media to substantiate the information of Carroll’s passing. 

Gracie Gold talks with coach Frank Carroll previous to her efficiency within the women quick program throughout the U.S. Determine Skating Championships on the Dash Middle on Jan. 19, 2017, in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. (Jamie Squire/Getty Photos)

“U.S. Determine Skating mourns the lack of teaching legend Frank Carroll. A member of the World and U.S. Determine Skating Halls of Fame, Frank was instrumental within the careers of quite a few Olympic and World champions and plenty of future Corridor of Famers.” 


Carroll, a Massachusetts native, coached a number of nice Olympians, together with Michelle Kwan, Evan Lysacek, Timothy Goebel and Gracie Gold. He died in Palm Springs, California, on Sunday after a battle with most cancers, USA At present reported. 

“For over 10 years Frank was by my aspect – teaching and mentoring me to be the most effective skater and individual that I will be,” Kwan stated of Carroll in a textual content to USA At present’s Christine Brennan. 

“He bestowed upon me a wealth of information and historical past of the game he cherished a lot,” she continued. “Off the ice and over time, he grew to become far more than only a coach. I do know he is modified the lives of hundreds of skaters for the higher, and I am grateful that I am one in every of them and I would not be right here with out his steering. I really like and miss Frank very a lot.”

Michelle Kwan and Frank Carroll celebrate

Michelle Kwan reacts to her scores with coach Frank Carroll after the ladies’s quick program on the 2001 State Farm U.S. Determine Skating Championships on the Fleet Middle in Boston. (Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT)


Lysacek, who grew to become the primary athlete Carroll coached to an Olympic gold medal, remembered his coach fondly in an announcement to NBC Sports activities. 

“Frank taught me and formed me, as an athlete and as an individual. Though he stated a number of instances that he didn’t a lot care about profitable an Olympic Gold, I needed it for him,” Lysacek stated partly.  

“Frank coached so many nice champions in our sport, all of whom I love and respect. I WAS NOT among the finest or most proficient skaters that Frank ever coached, however he not often ever talked to me about the best way to be nice… he solely talked to me about the best way to win. My motivation to win Olympic gold grew to become as a lot about Frank because it was about my nation.”

Frank Carroll watches warm ups

Frank Carroll watches Timothy Goebel heat up for the lads’s free program throughout the Salt Lake Metropolis Winter Olympic Video games in Utah on Feb. 12, 2002. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Photos)


Carroll coached for practically 60 years earlier than saying his retirement in 2018. He was inducted into the U.S. Determine Skating Corridor of Fame in 1996, the Skilled Skaters Affiliation Corridor of Fame in 2002, and the Worldwide Skating Institute Corridor of Fame in 2006. 

He has coached 10 world champions, and is only one of three coaches to have ever coached each women’ and males’s senior world champions in the identical yr. 

Earlier than he was a coach, Carroll was a determine skater himself. He was coached by Olympic medalist Maribel Vinson Owen, who tragically died within the 1961 aircraft crash that claimed the lives of the complete American determine skating staff aboard. 

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