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 Jessica Louise Belbin White (born July 11, 1984) is a Canadian-American ice dancer and Olympic program host for NBC Sports.
Though born in Canada, she holds dual citizenship and has competed for the United States since she began skating with Benjamin Agosto in 1998. The amendment was authored by Senator Carl Levin who stated, "This amendment corrects an anomaly in the law that unfairly disadvantaged some people who had begun their naturalization process before 2002.
With Agosto, Belbin is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, four-time World medalist, three-time Four Continents champion (2004–2006), and five-time U. Tanith Belbin began her naturalization process in 2000, but due to changes that were made to the law in 2002, the process has taken significantly longer than it would have if she had filed her paperwork two years later." Her father, Charles Belbin, is a public relations manager, while her mother, Michelle (Mc Kinlay) Belbin, is a former figure skater (who trained in St.
John's, Newfoundland under Rolf Adomeit), coach, and costume designer.
At the Turin Olympics, Belbin and Agosto won the silver medal in ice dancing, the first American ice dancers to win an Olympic medal in 30 years. Belbin / Agosto began the 2006–2007 season with a free dance called That's Entertainment but arrived at Nationals with a new program to the music of Amelie.
They won gold at Nationals, the silver medal at Four Continents, and the bronze at Worlds.In 2007–2008, they won gold medals at both Skate America and Cup of China which qualified them for the Grand Prix Final, where they took the silver medal.She competed both as a pair skater and ice dancer in Canada before deciding to concentrate completely on ice dancing.She was introduced to ice dancing by Paul Wirtz and competed with partner Liam Dougherty.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.