Full Name: Brian Anthony Boitano
Date of Birth: 22 nd October, 1963
Country: The United States of America
Sport involved in: Figure Skating
Olympic Figure Skating Champion in 1988
Two-time World Champion in 1986 and 1988
Four-time United States National Champion from 1985 to 1988
Six-time World Professional Championships Champion in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994
Inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1996
Inducted into the united States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1996
Career: Brian Boitano is an American figure skater from Sunnyvale, California. He became the Olympic figure skating champion in 1988. Following the 1988 season, Boitano became a professional in the field of skating. Boitano is remembered for his unique jumping technique. In 1982, Boitano became the first American to land a triple axel. He also attempted a quadruple jump in the competition. In 1987, Boitano introduced his signature jump, the Tano triple Lutz. Even in the professional level, Boitano was the first skater to regularly execute triple axels and land six triple jumps at the World Professional Championships. In 1986, Boitano won the World Championships in Geneva for the first time. He had defeated Brian Orser of Canada. The following World Championship was held in Cincinnati. This time Boitano lost the title to Orser. In the 1987-'88 season, Boitano underwent some drastic change in his skating style. His technical elements were amazing, but his presentation needed to be improved. For this reason, Boitano and his coach Linda Leaver decided to hire Sandra Bezic as the choreographer of his programs. Boitano performed his new programs at 1987 Skate Canada. The venue of the event was the Saddle dome in Calgary which was also the venue of the forthcoming Winter Olympics. In the short program at the 1988 United States Figure Skating Championships, for presentation, Boitano received 6.0 from eight of the nine judges. In the 1988 Winter Olympics, the head-to-head competition between Boitano and Orser was named the “Battle of the Brians”. At the Calgary Olympics, Boitano gave the performance of his life and won the Olympic title. After his Olympic victory and another World Championships title, Boitano turned professional. He won 10 straight Professional Championship titles. The 10 wins included 5 consecutive World Professional Championship titles. Boitano also won the 4 consecutive competitions of the Challenge of Champions. After the extremely successful five years in the professional career, Boitano reinstated as an amateur to participate in the 1994 Winter Summer Games. In spite of being the top contender for the gold medal, he made a vital mistake, which got him to the 6 th position. Till date, Brian Boitano is the only male figure skater who has been featured in the cover page of the magazine, the Sports Illustrated.
Performance at the Olympics: Brian Boitano participated in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics as one of the top contenders for the Olympic title. His chief opponent was Brian Orser. The competition between them is known as the “Battle of the Brians” in the history of figure skating. At the Calgary Games, Fadeev became the winner of the compulsories with Boitano and Orser in the second and third positions respectively. Then in the short program, Orser finished first and Boitano became second. Boitano had a slight lead over Orser before the final free skating round. The winner of the free skating round was certain to win the competition. In this stage, Boitano gave the performance of his life time. He landed eight triple jumps including two triple axels and a triple flip-triple toe loop combination. The performance is considered to be among the very bests in the history of the sport. Boitano appeared in his second Olympics in 1994. He was the gold medal favorite as a result of his extremely successful professional career. Boitano unexpectedly missed his triple axel combination during the short program. This mistake knocked Boitano out of the medal contention. After a good performance in the long program, Boitano finished in sixth position.