Belbin, 29, was born in Canada but competed for the United States.
She was a five time US Champion with partner Benjamin Agosto, and won a silver in the 2006 Turin Olympics. 19, 2006- TANITH BELBIN and BENJAMIN AGOSTO of the United States were in 2nd place after the original dance in the ice dancing competition in Turin at the XX Winter Olympic Games on Sunday, Feb.
Both moved to Detroit to be paired together and be coached by Igor Shpilband.
Belbin, 14, left Kirkland, Quebec, 12 hours from Detroit, because she was too tiny and she couldn't find a Canadian partner; ice dance wasn't big with the hockey players in the Great White North.
They won silver in 2006 at Turin and vaulted themselves to the front of the U. After a fourth-place finish at the World Championships in 2008, they left their roots in Detroit to come to Aston, Pa., and work with former Russian gold medalists Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov. Agosto developed a herniated disk and a bulging disk in his lower back, numbing his right leg. But he's as good as ever, he said, and looking forward to the future. As they skate to the boards to receive coaching, he shimmies, elated to be on skates.