(Aug. 9, 2013) Figure skating competitions have taken Philip Dulebohn around the world and earned him numerous titles.
Now “at peace” with his career, Dulebohn has found himself performing in the resort at the Carousel Hotel this summer.
The 39-year-old athlete is living in the 118th Street hotel while he skates with “The Next Ice Age,” a Baltimore-based dance company on ice.
The group performs every night for 10 weeks until Aug. 21 on the hotel’s ice rink.
Dulebohn said this is his second time working with the company after Nathan Birch, founding artist director, contacted him.
“Nathan sent me a Facebook message and proposed the idea of me skating with The Next Ice Age in Ocean City,” Dulebohn said. “I just thought it would be a really good opportunity and that it would be fun and different for me.”
Dulebohn performed with the company in Baltimore when he was 10 years old under the coaching of Tim Murphy, co-founder and choreographer of The Next Ice Age.
By that time, Dulebohn had already had about five years of skating experience.
A skating rink had just opened in his hometown of Germantown, Md., when Dulebohn was 4 years old.
After his brother began taking lessons, he wanted to be on the ice as well and fell immediately in love with skating.
“My first private coach was so fun-loving and spirited and is who made me really excited about skating,” Dulebohn said.
It is the time between his “Ice Age” performances that made the professional skater say his second appearance with them is “definitely different than what [he] used to do.”
He competed in his first competition in 1989. He captured his first champion title at the United States Figure Skating Championship, held in Baltimore, in the novice men’s category.
He continued to skate solo until 1997 when he began skating with a partner. Dulebohn competed again in the U.S. championship and won the silver medal in the pairs division from 2000-2002. He also competed in the World Figure Skating Championship the same years in France, Canada and Japan. The Olympics were next.
Dulebohn partnered with Tiffany Scott for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. While the pair did not place in the competition, they captured the gold medal together the following year in the U.S. championship.
Scott and Dulebohn split in 2005, but he now coaches her and her new partner.
“It’s definitely been a long career and I climbed that ladder,” he said. “I accomplished everything I wanted to do and I’m at peace with what I’ve done.”
Dulebohn said he has other ventures besides skating in mind. After majoring in finance at the University of Delaware, he said he wants to start a Web site company and is looking at a few small businesses.
When he is not skating or pursuing his future business endeavors, Dulebohn enjoys playing on the beach and mountain biking. However, he said skating his focus right now.
“It’s always been a pleasure working with The Next Ice Age,” he said. “Tim [Murphy] has been a great mentor in my early younger years and I just want to do a good job and I hope everyone enjoys the show.”