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Tanith Belbin and longtime partner Ben Agosto won the silver medal in ice dancing at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics to become the first American couple to win an ice-dancing medal in three decades. Belbin and Agosto also finished fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, won five U.S. championships, and four World medals (two silver, two bronze).

For the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Belbin serves as a reporter for NBC Olympics' Sports Desk and presents features for "The Olympic Zone," NBC Olympics' daily show for NBC affiliates covering all aspects of the Games. She also recently served as a commentator for ABC's reality competition series "Skating with the Stars."

Tanith Belbin is a history-maker, trendsetter and iconic beauty. With partner Ben Agosto, Belbin is the most decorated U.S. Ice Dancer in history. Born and raised in Canada, she moved to the U.S. in search of a partner and became a naturalized citizen in 2005, just in time for the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, where she and Ben earned the silver medal. Their silver medal was the first ever achieved by a team from the United States and the first medal won at the Olympics by an American team in 30 years. During their 11-year competitive career, Belbin and Agosto also won five U.S. National Ice Dance titles and medaled four times at the World Figure Skating Championships. Belbin has received rave reviews for a stint on "Good Morning America" as an on-air reporter and as a red carpet correspondent for the ESPY Awards.

In 2008, Belbin and Agosto left longtime coaches Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva. "It was scary as a career move. To be this far along and make such a huge change is a risk," Belbin explains. "We felt like we had become a little bit stagnant in our progress as skaters and we wanted to push ourselves a little bit further." The pair relocated to the Philadelphia suburb of Aston, Pennsylvania to train with 1980 Olympic Champions Natalya Linichuk & Gennadi Karponosov, the duo that coached Oksana Grishuk & Yevgeny Platov to Olympic Gold in 1994.

Two months after arriving in Pennsylvania, Russian rivals Oksana Domnina and Maksim Shabalin joined them in Aston. Domnina and Shabalin bested Belbin and Agosto for the gold medal at the 2009 Worlds, meaning that the top two teams will share ice and coaches leading up to and during the 2010 Vancouver Games. Both Belbin and Agosto agree that the biggest sacrifice they had to make was personal—both felt that they had roots and friendships in Detroit.

Belbin, then a newly-minted U.S. Citizen and Agosto made a splash in Torino, jumping from 6th in the compulsory dance up to 2nd in the Original Dance, a wild night of skating in which five teams suffered falls. They made a few minor errors in the free skate, but held on to the silver medal, the best result achieved by a U.S. dance team since Colleen O'Connor & Jim Millns won bronze in 1976.

Belbin and Agosto made their world championship debut in 2001 in Vancouver , where they finished 17th. Ten seasons later, Belbin and Agosto's return to Vancouver brings their career back to where it all began, a fitting ending for the team who have hinted that the 2010 Games may be their last.

Belbin, a Canadian citizen at the time, and Agosto qualified for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics but could not represent the U.S. and the team had not expected Belbin's U.S. citizenship to come through in time for Torino. But with the help of a special amendment for "aliens with extraordinary ability", Belbin, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998 was sworn in on December 31, 2005. Belbin has very clear feelings about representing the U.S. in Canada. "The U.S. is where I've made my career. It's my home, it's my future and it's my entire adult life. It's where my friends and family are now," she said, adding that at times, she feels like there's more of a North American team than Canadian and American teams at some events.

Belbin started out in ice dance, but later switched to pairs, going as far as a novice silver medal at Canadian Nationals. But a growth spurt sent her looking for another dance partner and her coach, the late Paul Wirtz, ran into Shpilband at the '98 Olympics. The two arranged a tryout with Ben in Detroit. They skated on a Sunday morning for two hours and decided to move to Detroit to start a partnership. Belbin says it was "magic right away." The team spent a year honing their technique together before making their competitive debut. In their first season, they won the U.S. junior title and a bronze medal at Junior Worlds.

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Age: 32 years old
Birthday: July 11, 1984
Height: 5' 6"
Full Name / Real Name: Tanith Jessica Louise Belbin
Birthplace: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Current Residence: Aston, PA

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avamariano2 says:
I am an African American Figure Skating "Junky" Tre Tre Grand...Belle You didn't make it because it was too close.... as I have stated the same with Evengi Plushencko and Evan Lysecek... Two Awesome Skater... the balance must be tipped sooooo,,,, but for me this performance was Magnifico Bravo! Bravo! Good Luck in the future whatever your plans may be (would love to keep up with you on Facebook: parsoncrusoe and Family)
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