One of my favorite male skaters.
Born October 22, 1963 and lives in California.
At the age of eight, Boitano
began taking skating lessons from Linda Leaver, who remained his only coach. He quickly gained a reputation
as a fine technical skater
and an exceptional
jumper, executing the first triple axel
at the 1982 U.S. championships and all six triple jumps at the 1983 world championships. He finished fifth at his first Olympics
in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
(now in Bosnia
and Herzegovina), in 1984. He won four consecutive U.S. championships in 1985-88; in two of those years, 1986 and 1988, he won the world championship title as well.
His loss to Canadian Brian Orser
at the 1987 world championships pushed Boitano to incorporate more artistry
into his skating. At the 1988 Winter Games
in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
displayed a new emotional energy and flair in his skating. He entered the free-skating competition
with only a slight lead over Orser, who had placed first in the short program. Boitano gave a near-flawless performance in the long program and edged out Orser for the gold medal on a 5-4 vote by the judges. Boitano and speed skater Bonnie Blair
were the only American gold medalists at the 1988 Games.
After his Olympic
triumph, Boitano skated for television specials and, through White Canvas
, a production company he formed with others, both directed and produced televised skating shows. He returned to Olympic competition at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway
, and finished sixth.