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Goebel ties the knot in breathtaking ceremony

Olympic bronze medalist weds Thomas Luciano in Newport, Rhode Island
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Timothy Goebel (left) and Thomas Luciano got married at Newport's picturesque Chanler at Cliff Walk in April. -courtesy of Rebecca Yale

Life is good for Timothy Goebel.

The 2002 Olympic bronze medalist married Thomas Luciano on April 29 in front of family and close friends in an elegant wedding in historic Newport, Rhode Island.

Though the newlyweds are looking forward to their future together, they'll begin their marriage as a bi-coastal couple, with Goebel based at Google headquarters in Northern California. He began his job as the marketing mix modeling partner program partner manager in January and will remain at his current location until the program is established, at which time he'll move back to New York. In the meantime, the couple is planning plenty of cross-country trips not only so they can begin married life but also so they can complete renovation of their coop apartment.

For Goebel, marriage brings deep personal happiness. After retiring from competitive skating in 2006, he attended Columbia University, graduating in 2010 with a degree in mathematics. Since then, he's enjoyed considerable career success but was a bit tentative when it came to his personal life.

Then Goebel, 36, met Luciano, 33, through former U.S. ice dance competitor Robert Shmalo. The connection was instant.

"It took me a long time to really put myself out there and date," Goebel said. "To have met the person that is now my husband, I feel so fortunate. We're on the same page in all facets of our life. We have the same goals and values. Some people spend a lifetime trying to find that and never do. I count my blessings every day that I was able to find someone that I connect with.

"It's not just one thing," he continued. "It's intellectual, it's physical; he makes me laugh, he gets along great with my parents. His family is wonderful to me."

Shortly after Goebel and Luciano got engaged, they visited Newport. Impressed by the elegance and charming historical preservation of the area, they decided it would be a perfect place for their wedding. They discovered the hotel at which they stayed, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, handled wedding receptions, but the guest list couldn't exceed 50. That sounded perfect, as both wanted a more intimate affair for their special day.

Opting not to use a wedding planner, Luciano -- a senior vice president fixed income group at PIMCO -- handled every detail of the ceremony, which didn't include the traditional bridesmaids or groomsman. Rather, Goebel and Luciano each had a woman of honor.

Luciano's was Jessica Kalmbacker-Hammel and Goebel's was Katie Koczynski-Demong, a former skeleton athlete he met years ago at an Olympic training camp. Their good friend Rhys Marsh officiated, while his wife, Elizabeth Yale-Marsh, was the flower person. Yale-Marsh's sister, Rebecca Yale, was the photographer. Former ice dancers Kristin Fraser and Igor Lukanin were among the guests.

Goebel and Luciano wrote their own vows, which they did not share with each other prior to reciting them at the altar. They exchanged custom-made wedding bands with special inscriptions.

The day went so fast that Goebel wishes he could go back and experience it all again in slow motion.

"I feel lucky," said Goebel, who also earned an executive MSBA (Master of Science in Business Analytics) at New York University last year. "I've had success in my skating career. I've had success in academia and in my career. Then to round out my life with love. We were fortunate to have met each other at the right time."