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1988 Olympic Champion Brian Boitano

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Brian Boitano

Brian Boitano

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Perfection Describes Brian Boitano:

Brian Boitano was known for almost always skating perfectly.

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Born:

Brian was born on October 22, 1963 in Mountain View, California.

Skating Firsts:

Brian was the first American skater to land a triple axel. He was also the first skater to attempt a quadruple jump in competition.

Signature Jump:

His signature jump was the Tano triple lutz where he raised his left arm above his head.

Competition Record and Honors:

Brian won the Olympics in 1988. He won the World Championship in 1986 and 1988, and he won the United States title four times: 1985 to 1988.

In 1996, he was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

After turning professional in 1988, Brian won six World Professional Championship titles.

He received nine perfect marks of 6.0 as a competitor. He received eight 6.0s after his short program performance at the U.S. Nationals in 1988.

Education:

Brian Boitano is a graduate of Peterson High School in Sunnyvale, California.

Coach:

Brian had one coach throughout his entire amateur figure skating career. Her name was Linda Leaver.

Trivia:

Brian Boitano was the first male skater to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. It is a photo of Brian landing a triple axel at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Brian landed his first triple jump, a triple salchow, at age eleven.

He won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Don Jose in "Carmen On Ice."

Other Professional Activities:

Boitano toured for eleven seasons with Champions On Ice.

He continues to produce and participate in figure skating productions and specials.

Won the "Battle of the Brians":

Brian won the 1988 Olympics. This was the highlight of his skating career. At the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, he competed against Canadian Brian Orser. Both men were great skaters.

The media coverage between Boitano and Orser was called the "Battle of the Brians."

After the initial phase of the competition, the short program, Brian Orser finished first and Brian Boitano finished second. Then, Boitano skated the performance of his life and won. During that performance, he landed eight triple jumps including two triple axels and a triple flip triple toe loop combination.

That performance in 1988 is considered to be among the very best in the history of figure skating.

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