|Birthname||Tai Reina Babilonia|
|born on||22 September 1960 at 10:45 (= 10:45 AM )|
|Place||Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15|
|Timezone||PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||29°42' 21°17 Asc. 19°37'|
American ice skater paired with Randy Gardner when she was eight and he, ten, in 1970 by their coach to achieve a precision mirror-image grace. They were National champions from 1976, winning five consecutive U.S. pairs titles and bronze medals for two world meets. They were the first American pair in 29 years to win the World Figure Skating championship in Vienna on 3/14/1979 for their unique pas de deux on ice. They were the toast of the skating world and the sport's American darlings, ready to take on the 1980 Olympics until, in February, Randy had a muscle injury. Their skates were put away along with their hopes and dreams.
When they returned to the ice, going pro with the Ice Capades in a grueling schedule, Babilonia was isolated and unhappy. She began to use drugs and alcohol and engaging in short term romances. In January 1988 she decided to quit skating, She was tired and overworked with no personal life. In her love life, she could not seem to choose the right person or to make a commitment. She spend too much time crying, and one night, she lost control and turned on Randy in his dressing room, hitting him and screaming at him. After they finished their Las Vegas run, she dropped out. She sat around her condo, sleeping, not answering the phone, drinking, thinking of suicide.
In June, she went to her first AA meeting, and told her parents that she was an alcoholic. Three months later, when she slipped and fell off the wagon, she lost control. On September 14 she took pills and booze. Instead of peacefully falling asleep, she found that suicide involves shaking, sweating, vomiting and terror. She called her mom and said, "I did a really stupid thing." With her survival from the brink, she immediately entering rehab and therapy to pull herself together. Gardner stuck by her through thick and thin, and their friendship has been one of the great constants of Babilonia's life.
In 1992 she married TV sitcom music engineer Cary Butler, 26. They had their son, Scout Gabriele, on 1/25/1995, Los Angeles. Her dad died in 8/1996, and she divorced Butler early in 1997.
In May 1996, she and Gardner were honored at the White House with past and present Olympians and received a huge ovation after skating in the dinner presentation at the nearby Hilton. Gardner is the choreographer and show director. In August 1996, the TV cameras rolled on a dramatic representation of their story, with all the glories and disasters, "On Thin Ice, The Tai Babilonia Story."
- business associate/partner relationship with Gardner, Randy (born 2 December 1958)
- Relationship : Meet a significant person 1970 (Randy Gardner)
- Mental Health : Depressive episode January 1988 (Into deep depression by January)
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- Relationship : Marriage 1992 (Cary Butler)
- Relationship : Marriage 1992 (Gary Butler)
- Family : Change in family responsibilities 25 January 1995 (Scout Gabriele born)
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- Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Rehab)
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Rehab)
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (Burned out, depressed 1988)
- Family : Childhood : Family extraordinarily supportive (Family, friends supportive)
- Lifestyle : Work : Hates job (Burned out by late '80s)
- Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (Randy a great true friend)
- Personal : Religion/Spirituality : 12 step group (AA)
- Personal : Death : Suicide Attempt (Pills, booze)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Champ awards by 16)
- Vocation : Sports : Skating (Olympics and pro)
- Notable : Awards : Olympics (Bronze Medal)
- Notable : Awards : Vocational award (National championships)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
- Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection