Brian Boitano
United States figure skater
Brian Boitano
Brian Anthony Boitano is an American figure skater from Sunnyvale, California. He is the 1988 Olympic champion, the 1986 and 1988 World Champion, and the 1985-1988 U.S. National Champion. He turned professional following the 1988 season. He returned to competition in 1993 and competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics, where he placed sixth.
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Brian Boitano: My U.S. Olympic Delegation Story
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
Brian Boitano appears on Huffington Post Live For me, traveling to the Olympics with the Presidential Delegation proved to be the way to go. Even when I was on the Olympic team, I didn't have the same kind of access or ease in getting around. We traveled around in an armored vehicle. Even so we were subjected to checks. At one point we were in the official van on the way to Slope Style, a new event in the Olympics, and our security detail was in the front seat. We had driven all the way up to the mountains to where the Slope Style event was taking place, when the Russian security guard at the entrance stopped us and said, "We need your credentials." Now, in Sochi, you guard your credentials with your life because they're your pass to everything. The driver, it turned out, had forgotten his credentials. I heard the security guard say, "Step out of the car!" He did and that was the last we saw of him. When one of the Russian bodyguards for the Ambassador got in later ...
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Putin strokes leopard, wins IOC support
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Basking in the glow of support from International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach, Putin began his stay at the Sochi Games by promoting a cuddly image, visiting a group of endangered Persian leopard cubs born last summer in the mountains above the Black Sea resort. IOC criticismIn Putin's presence later, Bach used an IOC gathering to criticize politicians for attacking the Sochi Olympics "on the backs of the athletes" and to slam world leaders who snubbed the games. "People have a very good understanding of what it really means to single out the Olympic Games to make an ostentatious gesture which allegedly costs nothing but produces international headlines," said Bach, a German lawyer and Olympic gold medal winner. Obama, in a clear message against the antigay laws, has sent a delegation to Sochi made up of three openly gay athletes - tennis great Billie Jean King, 2006 Olympic hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow, and figure skater Brian Boitano.
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Putin Strokes Leopard, Wins IOC Support (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Stroking a Persian leopard sprawled on his lap, tough-guy President Vladimir Putin showed his softer side Thursday as he prepared to welcome the world to his budget-busting Winter Olympics. Basking in the glow of support from International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach, Putin began his stay at the Sochi Games by promoting a cuddly image, visiting a group of endangered Persian leopard cubs born last summer in the mountains above the Black Sea resort. "We've decided to restore the population of the Persian leopard because of the Olympic Games," Putin said. "Let's say that because of the Olympic Games, we have restored parts of the destroyed nature." Putin entered the cage and petted the leopard on the head. "We liked each other," he said. Some journalists accompanying him weren't so lucky. They apparently upset the big cat, which scratched one of them on the hand and bit another on the knee, Russian news agencies reported. In Putin's presence later, B ...
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'Private guy' Brian Boitano has quiet but powerful message
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
[...] the U.S. Olympic delegation he had been appointed to by President Obama a day earlier was being applauded for its message of tolerance and diversity on the issue of gay rights. [...] Boitano, the Olympic figure skating gold medalist who lives in San Francisco, did something he never envisioned doing. What happens in the coming weeks in Sochi, Russia, could be a watershed moment for global gay rights. With Russia under fire for restricting gay rights with its "homosexual propaganda law" while athletes around the globe feel more secure on the issue, these Olympics could be revolutionary. The Obama administration, by naming a delegation that included two - three since Boitano's statement - openly gay athletes, took the more subtle, yes-we-are approach. Boitano was vetted without any knowledge of who else would be in the delegation, which includes tennis champion Billie Jean King and hockey player Caitlin Cahow, both out lesbians. [...] by including world-class athletes who hap ...
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5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever
The Street - about 3 years
PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- If you're a U.S. television viewer 22 or younger, you've never known a low-budget Super Bowl halftime show. That hasn't always been a good thing. Before 1992, the Super Bowl halftime show was exactly that: A little show put on to fill the time between the game's halves. Until 1990, that show usually consisted of marching bands, pre-Glee chorus groups and the occasional tune from Carole Channing, George Burns, Andy Williams and other notables from yesteryear. It was inoffensive, it was mildly entertaining and typically didn't get a whole lot of lip service at the water cooler the next day. That all changed after Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. A company called Timberline Productions decided to celebrate the host city of Minneapolis and the Olympic year by saddling CBS with a halftime show featuring a figure skating performance from Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill and exactly two songs from easy-listening powerhouse Gloria Estefan. Keep in mind that figure skat ...
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Boitano: Glad U.S. won't boycot Sochi
CNN - about 3 years
Former U.S. Olympic skater Brian Boitano speaks on publicly coming out after joining the U.S. delegation to Sochi
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Brian Boitano on Coming Out for the Sochi Games
ABC News - about 3 years
Brian Boitano "was never and in or out guy," the 1988 Olympic gold medalist told ABC News' Dan Kloeffler in a recent interview. But Boitano, who stopped by ABC to promote his new show "The Brian Boitano Project," said that when he saw the message President Obama was making by placing him and other openly gay athletes on the U.S. Olympic delegation, he felt he needed to make it offical.     
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Boitano never planned to publicly come out
Beloit Daily News - about 3 years
BOSTON (AP) — Brian Boitano never intended to publicly reveal he is gay until he was chosen for the U.S. Olympic delegation by President Barack Obama last month.
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It's Not Sheep Castration.. But Fashion Can Have Its Moments Too
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. I'm listening to Mike Rowe talk about his Aha! moment, castrating a lamb in Craig, Colo., a few hours north of my current Colorado foothills hometown, which some folks call, "The Brooklyn of Boulder." I cannot say I've "been there, done that" on the livestock spaying front the way Rowe has. But I relate to his eyes-wide moment of wonder as he approaches the task. "How did I get here?" Rowe wonders. I relate to that, too. My mind flashes back from the little lambs on that Craig, Colo. pasture to a pile of Dalmatian-print polyester on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, to a table of live doves at a Reagan-era fundraiser. We're in the field of fashion now, as opposed to animal husbandry. But the leap isn't as far -- or as tame -- as you might think. With thanks to Mike Rowe for the memories, here are two of my favorite Aha! moments in the NYC fashion biz. They're not as overtly ballsy as his lamb job, and I don't include the ...
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Brian Boitano and Kate Gosselin among cookbook authors at Baltimore Book Festival
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The Food for Thought stage at the Baltimore Book Festival will present a full slate of talks and demonstrations by Baltimore-based chefs and visiting cookbook authors.
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Brian Boitano's favorite food, hats, art
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Olympic gold medalist tips his hat to Italian cuisine, imaginative artwork Brian Boitano's international claim to fame occurred during the 1988 Calgary Olympics, when he narrowly edged out Canadian Brian Orser for the gold medal in men's figure skating. Boitano, 49, still takes to the ice a few times a week, but in 2009 professionally traded the sharp edge of his skates for the blade of the kitchen knife as the host of his own culinary show, What Would Brian Boitano Make? It appears on the Food Network and is based on the title of a song from the 1999 South Park: Recently, he became an author, with a cookbook called What Would Brian Boitano Make? Fresh and Fun Recipes for Sharing With Family and Friends (Lyons, 256 pages), co-written by TV chef Giada De Laurentiis. Muscular and standing 5 feet 11, he was on a strict 1,800-calorie-a-day diet because the judges told him he needed to look thinner and lose weight. [...] I eat a Mediterranean diet, with sauteed greens and cleanly pre ...
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25 Years Ago Today: Remembering Calgary '88
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
It was 25 years ago today that the eyes of the world turned on Calgary. The legacy of Calgary '88 is still everywhere in the city.. the Saddledome is still the city's most visited venue for sport and entertainment, Calgarians still talk about the games fondly and with pride, and the ski jumps still loom high above Canada Olympic Park, reminding all heading west that they are departing an Olympic city. But as the quarter-century anniversary of the games rolled into town, Calgarians shared their memories, many churning up events and details that have slowly fallen out of the city's Olympic lore. Who remembers the chants of the games, how volunteers were everywhere and they were likely the friendliest bunch of hosts humanity has every put together in one geographical area? How about the icy duel of Brian Boitano and Brian Orser, the endless sex appeal of Katarina Witt and the can-do attitude of Eddy 'The Eagle' Edwards? Story continues after slideshow On Face ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Boitano
  • 2014
    Age 50
    He hosted a series on HGTV, called "The Brian Boitano Project", which premiered January 16, 2014, in which he purchased a near derelict ancestral home in Northern Italy, home to many Boitanos.
    More Details Hide Details During the series he gives the home in Favale di Malvaro a sympathetic restoration/renovation and shops flea markets with two nieces to find decor and furnishings. Local artisans, carpenters, masons and painters create a gem where he can live part-time and host Boitanos from afar.
    In January 2014, he told Associated Press that he had never wanted to come out until the delegation announcement.
    More Details Hide Details A caricature of Boitano as a superhero appears as a semi-recurring character in the cartoon series South Park. The movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999), features a musical number titled "What Would Brian Boitano Do? ".
  • 2013
    Age 49
    In December 2013, Boitano was named to the United States delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
    More Details Hide Details In conjunction with that appointment, Boitano publicly came out as gay. The Sochi games and Russia have been the targets of criticism and LGBT activism because of a Russian anti-gay "propaganda" law passed in June 2013.
  • 2009
    Age 45
    On August 23, 2009, Food Network debuted a new series entitled What Would Brian Boitano Make?, which borrows both its name and opening musical theme from the South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut song.
    More Details Hide Details The show features Boitano preparing meals for his friends. The series was picked up for a ten-episode second season.
  • 1996
    Age 32
    Boitano returned to the professional ranks afterwards. He was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1996.
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  • 1994
    Age 30
    Boitano competed at the 1994 United States Figure Skating Championships, led after the short program, but lost to Scott Davis in the long program in a 6–3 split decision.
    More Details Hide Details Boitano was named to the Olympic team. Going into the Olympics as a medal favorite in a strong field, Boitano missed his triple axel combination during the short program for the first time in his career. This mistake proved extremely costly, and knocked Boitano out of medal contention. He skated a good long program and finished 6th.
    Boitano reinstated as an amateur to compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
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  • 1993
    Age 29
    Boitano's lobby proved successful and in June 1993, the International Skating Union (ISU) introduced a clause, commonly known as the "Boitano rule," which allowed professionals to reinstate as "amateur" or "eligible" skaters.
    More Details Hide Details This had been the result of Boitano's active involvement during the early 1990s, which saw professionals being allowed in the Olympic Games in the sports of tennis and basketball.
  • 1988
    Age 24
    The Battle of the Brians at the 1988 Winter Olympics was the highlight of Boitano's amateur career.
    More Details Hide Details Boitano and Orser were effectively tied going into the free skating portion of the event and whoever won that portion would win the event. Alexander Fadeev had won the compulsory figures section of the competition with Boitano second and Orser third. In the short program, Orser placed first and Boitano second. The free skating was, at the time, worth 50% of the score, and so Boitano's lead would not be enough to hold him in first place if he lost the free skate. Boitano skated a clean, technically excellent long program, with eight triple jumps, two Axels, and a triple-triple combination. Orser made one small mistake on a jump and omitted his planned second triple axel. Boitano won the Battle in a 5–4 split. Boitano won the gold medal, wearing skates with American flag appliqués that are now part of the collections of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.
    The short program at the 1988 United States Figure Skating Championships proved to be a highlight.
    More Details Hide Details Boitano received marks of 6. from eight of the nine judges for presentation, the second mark. His free skate was flawed. Due to delays, he did not skate until after midnight. Still, Boitano won the competition, and went into the Olympics as the national champion (U.S.), as did Orser (Canadian). Going into the Olympics, Boitano and Brian Orser each had won a World title and each had excellent, balanced repertoire, with Boitano being known as the slightly better technician and Orser as the better artist. Adding to the rivalry, Boitano and Orser were both performing military-themed programs. Boitano's was to the music of Napoleon.
    He is the 1988 Olympic champion, the 1986 and 1988 World Champion, and the 1985–1988 U.S. National Champion.
    More Details Hide Details He turned professional following the 1988 season. He returned to competition in 1993 and competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics, where he placed sixth. Brian Boitano was born in Mountain View, California, and as an adult has lived in San Francisco. Boitano is a graduate of Marian A. Peterson High School in Sunnyvale, California.
  • 1987
    Age 23
    Boitano debuted his new programs at 1987 Skate Canada, held in the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the same venue in which he would compete against Brian Orser for the Olympic title three months later.
    More Details Hide Details Boitano's new programs were received with standing ovations by the audience. Although Orser won the competition, Boitano skated clean, landing seven triple jumps, including a footwork section into a jump. Boitano, Leaver, and Bezic were so confident about the strength of Boitano's new programs that they omitted the quadruple toe loop, which if landed, could have put him a shoulder above Orser in technical merit.
    In order to help his growth as an artist, he hired choreographer Sandra Bezic to choreograph his programs for the 1987–1988 Olympic season.
    More Details Hide Details Bezic choreographed two programs that featured clean lines and accentuated the skating abilities of the 5' 11" Boitano. The short program was based on Giacomo Meyerbeer's ballet Les Patineurs in which Boitano plays a cocky young man showing off his tricks, using movements dating back to the 19th century. In one famous moment, Boitano wipes ice shavings, also called snow, off his skate blade and tosses it over his shoulder after landing a triple axel combination. The free skating program was based on the film score, Napoleon, detailing various phases of a soldier's life.
    The 1987 World Championships were held in Cincinnati, giving defending World champion Boitano a home-field advantage.
    More Details Hide Details The outcome of the event would set the tone for the 1988 Olympics. At Worlds, Boitano fell on his quadruple toe loop attempt and placed second. After losing the world title to Orser at home, Boitano and his coach Linda Leaver decided that some changes needed to be made if Boitano was to become the Olympic champion. Boitano had always been good at the technical requirements ("The first mark"), but he was weak on the artistic ("the second mark"). He was a self-described "jumping robot."
  • 1986
    Age 22
    During the 1986–87 season, Boitano had introduced two new elements to his programs: the 'Tano triple lutz and a quadruple toe loop, although he never succeeded in landing a clean quadruple jump in competition.
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    At the 1986 World Championships, Boitano took the title, while Fadeev had a disastrous free skate despite having been in an excellent position to win; Orser finished 2nd once again.
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    He had injured tendons in his right ankle a few weeks before the 1986 U.S. Championships but went on to win his second national title.
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    He attempted a quadruple jump throughout the 1986–87 season and at the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships, but did not cleanly land the jump; he double-footed the landing on two occasions.
    More Details Hide Details Boitano was known primarily as a jumper early in his career and he, along with several other skaters, helped push the technical envelope of men's skating. It was not until his failure to defend his World title in 1987 that he focused specifically on improving his artistry.
  • 1985
    Age 21
    At the first World Championships of the post-Hamilton era in 1985, Alexander Fadeev won, with Brian Orser finishing 2nd and Boitano 3rd.
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    Boitano won the 1985 United States Figure Skating Championships, the first of his four titles.
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  • 1984
    Age 20
    Boitano placed second at the 1984 United States Figure Skating Championships, earning himself a trip to the 1984 Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details He placed 5th at the Olympics, setting the stage for his success over the next four years. Following the 1984 Olympics, several skaters emerged as likely medal hopes following the retirement of Scott Hamilton.
  • 1982
    Age 18
    In 1982 Boitano became the first American to land a triple axel.
    More Details Hide Details In 1987 he introduced his signature jump, the 'Tano triple lutz' in which the skater raises his left arm above his head.
  • 1978
    Age 14
    Brian Boitano first made his mark on the international scene when he won the bronze medal at the 1978 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, beating future rival Brian Orser for that medal.
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  • 1963
    Born on October 22, 1963.
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