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Legendary determine skater and coach Frank Carroll has died. He was 85.

The U.S. Determine Skating Affiliation confirmed Carroll’s dying to PEOPLE and in an announcement posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday, June 9.

“U.S. Determine Skating mourns the lack of teaching legend Frank Carroll,” the assertion started. “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 lots of future Corridor of Famers.”

Born in 1938 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Carroll was first launched to determine skating by his father. He went on to win three medals on the nationwide degree earlier than transitioning into teaching the game in 1964, per his former skating membership.

Carroll and Kwan in 2001.

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All through his profession, he coached three world champions within the ladies’s and males’s singles division of the game: Linda Fratianne, Michelle Kwan and Evan Lysacek.

All of these skaters went on to win Olympic medals, with Lysacek, 39, being his solely pupil to take house a gold medal.

“That is simply frosting on the cake for me,” Carroll mentioned after Lysacek grew to become an Olympic champion within the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, per NBC Sports. “It’s not one thing I coveted after some time. It was one thing I believed possibly would by no means occur.”

Fratianne earned the silver medal within the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, in a contest that Carroll is on file as saying was rigged in favor of an East German competitor, per NBC Sports activities.

Frank Carroll (left) and Evan Lysacek in 2010.

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Carroll’s most well-known pupil, Kwan, received her Olympic silver medal on the 1998 Nagano Olympics whereas underneath his teaching. All through their time collectively within the Nineteen Nineties, Kwan additionally received 4 senior world titles and 5 of her 9 nationwide titles within the sport.

Carroll skilled different well-known Olympians together with Gracie Gold, Denis Ten and Timothy Goebel. Gold and Ten (who died in 2018 on the age of 25) received bronze medals within the Video games of their respective divisions in 2014; Goebel received his bronze in 2002.

Earlier than his retirement from the game in 2018, Carroll had a pupil competing within the earlier six consecutive Olympics ending with PyeongChang.

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Frank Carroll in 2010.

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“I’m grateful to God that he’s given me the expertise as a result of there are a lot of gifted coaches on the planet and a few extra gifted than I,” Carroll reportedly mentioned in 2010, per NBC Sports activities. “However I’ve all the time appeared to give you the car to do it, the expertise they simply kind of drift towards me.”

Earlier than his dying, Carroll had been inducted into the halls of fame of U.S. Determine Skating, World Determine Skating, the Skilled Skaters Affiliation and the Worldwide Skating Institute.

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