"We've gotten to know each other really well and [are] able to connect because there's nothing like the Olympics," Nastia said.
"We both know what it takes to try for the ultimate dream of being an Olympic champion." 7 Love Lessons From Winter Olympian. Last week she was in Vancouver to watch Evan become the first American man since Brian Boitano in 1988 to win figure skating gold.
Her pairs partner was Ben Barruco, with whom she placed 2nd at the novice level at the 1997 Canadian Championships. Championships is second only to Michelle Kwan (38).She did not compete with either partner internationally. Belbin / Agosto won the silver medal at the 2005 World Championships.After a year without a partner in Canada, Belbin moved to Detroit in 1998, where she was partnered with Benjamin Agosto by their coach Igor Shpilband. junior national title and then took the bronze medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships. Championships and won the silver medal, qualifying them for their first senior World Championships, where they finished 17th. Fans of Belbin / Agosto wrote letters and signed petitions asking for a special act of Congress to allow Belbin to become a citizen in time for her to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where many believed they could medal. However, the mother of fellow American ice dancer David Mitchell sent a letter to Senator Hillary Clinton, asking her to vote against it.Tanith and Evan broke up in early 2009, just as their training for Vancouver was ramping up—she lives and trains in Pennsylvania, and he's in L. Evan and Nastia's relationship heated up during the year; together they attended last summer's ESPY Awards, where Nastia won Best Female Athlete, and he was in Dallas in August to watch her compete at U. "To see his dreams come true was amazing," she told People."It was nice to be on other side of things and be the support system, but I was nervous." The Secrets Of Olympic Figure Skating Couples So, you know, this is awesome.