Brian Orser
Retired Canadian professional figure skater
Brian Orser
Brian Ernest Orser, OC is a Canadian retired competitive and professional figure skater. He is the 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist, 1987 World champion and the 1981-1988 Canadian national champion. He is one of the most accomplished skaters in Canada's history, with eight national titles, two Olympic medals, and a world title to his credit. He is the skating director at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.
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Olympians Staying Mum On Russia's Anti-Gay Law While In Russia
Huffington Post - about 3 years
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Olympic competition first, gay rights maybe later. Plenty of athletes made clear before traveling to Sochi how unhappy they were about gay rights being curtailed in Russia, particularly with its law banning gay "propaganda." But now in Sochi, there has not been a squeak of public protest from the 2,870 Olympians — either at venues or at Friday's opening ceremony. Outside the Olympic bubble, the plight of Russia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community continues to dog the games. Gay rights activists who waved rainbow flags on Friday on Moscow's Red Square and protested in St. Petersburg were quickly arrested. Three sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Committee, led by telecommunications giant AT&T, have spoken explicitly against the Russian law. Google Inc. hinted its opposition by putting winter athletes and rainbow colors on its search-page logo. But in Sochi, largely silence. Olympians and coaches cite multiple reasons why they feel these Olympic ...
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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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Men's Figure Skating Costumes: Toy Soldier, Aged Rocker, Bird Person or Shakespeare in the Park?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Soaring jumps, sexy swivels, gravity defying glute muscles and costumes which could easily transition into a Renaissance Festival or Civil War reenactment wardrobe. Is there anything better than men's figure skating? I think not. Now that we've answered the big question, which two men will be competing for the USA in Sochi -- that would be veteran Jeremy Abbott and teenager Jason Brown -- let's move on to the even bigger question, what are they going to wear? As Evan Lysacek taught us four long years ago in Vancouver, even a man who is 6 foot 2 can pull off not one, but two, bejeweled snakes strapped to his torso. But if reptiles that double as Judith Leiber purses are not your thing, you really have one of four costume options to choose from: the classic toy soldier, the aged rocker ensemble (billowing shirt and slicked back hair optional), the let-me-strap-on-my-feathers-and-fly-away or going full on Shakespeare in the Park. So which will it be, Jeremy and Jason? Here's a little ...
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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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Brian - Order follow-up, Stearns and Foster Lucas Park Mattress
Penn Live - almost 5 years
Brian writes: Hi Pete,  Just wanted to let you know we received the Stearns & Foster  Lucas Park king-size in luxury firm last month and have been  quite pleased so far. I don't think this model is available  anymore, replaced by the Twila I believe.  Some...
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Visiting coach of champs inspires young skaters - NG News
Google News - over 5 years
Doug Leigh, owner of the Mariposa School of Skating, and former coach of world champions Brian Orser and Elvis Stojko, held a two-day clinic at John Brother MacDonald Stadium this week where students and parents said it was “special” to have someone
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Figure skating club teams with Mariposa school to build opportunities - NG News
Google News - over 5 years
“Life is all about helping young people and giving everyone a sporting chance,” said Leigh, who coached such world champions as Brian Orser, Elvis Stojko and currently operates numerous coaching and skating seminars throughout the world
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Cancer survivor Uschi Keszler creates 'Pennies in Action' - Delco News Network
Google News - over 5 years
Over the years she has shared her expertise with skating stars such as Brian Orser, Elvis Stojko, Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz. Keszler is known for inventing the term “hydroblading,” a training technique where skaters use deep edges close to the
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Kontos saw world thanks to hockey - The Barrie Advance
Google News - over 5 years
Kontos is one of four sports figures who will be honoured Oct. 1 at the Brian Orser Hall. He will be inducted along with Larry Banks, Doug Mundy and Edmund Desrochers Jr. The Mirror recently spent time with Kontos to get a glimpse into the life of a
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Mariposa set to shine at annual gala - The Barrie Advance
Google News - over 5 years
“While I was out driving around I found Brian Orser in Penetang,” said Leigh. And the rest, as they say, is history. With a core group of a half dozen the Mariposa School was born. “We had no money,” said Leigh. “Just an idea
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Disney on Ice Launches Two New Shows Featuring Rapunzel from Disney's 'Tangled' - Stitch Kingdom (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... choreographed for Katarina Witt, Brian Orser, World and Olympic Champions Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao, and Olympic Champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier; lead choreographer for several Disney On Ice productions, including Disney On Ice presents
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Sun Valley Ice Show blends the new and nostalgic - Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
Google News - over 5 years
He was third in the 1984 Olympics behind Scott Hamilton and Brian Orser. Known for his long-flowing blond hair and skating to rock music, Sabovcik has performed in the ice show longer than anyone. Clark, from Denver, has 12 years of experience as a
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PSHOF inductees announced - Midland Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
The Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame has announced the four new inductees to its ranks: two builders and two athletes, to be enshrined at its 13th Induction Dinner and Ceremony slated for October 1st 2011 in the Brian Orser Hall
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MURF debate nears end - Blue Mountains Courier-Herald
Google News - over 5 years
A new aquatic centre and additional gymnasium space are essential, with another ice surface needed to replace the soon-to-be-demolished Orillia Community Centre (OCC) and the aging Brian Orser Arena. Led by head coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards and her
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Pyeongchang remains favourite for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games - Examiner.com
Google News - almost 6 years
She was without her Canadian coach, Olympic Silver medallist Brian Orser, who she recently let go. Other factors that are strong in Pyeongchang's bid are a significant double-track rail service. The bid committee also has strong support from the
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New audible crosswalk signals contemplated - The Barrie Advance
Google News - almost 6 years
She added the Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre now features barrier-free access from the entrance to the elevator and up to the second-floor Brian Orser Hall and lounge. She also touted the new fire hall for its barrier-free features
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Orser
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 53
    He also coached Javier Fernández to the 2015 World title.
    More Details Hide Details He is the skating director at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club. Brian Orser was born in Belleville, Ontario. He grew up in Penetanguishene.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 36
    Orser is openly gay. He was forced to reveal his sexuality in November 1998, when he lost a legal battle to prevent public disclosure when an ex-partner sued him for palimony.
    More Details Hide Details Orser initially feared the revelation of being gay would ruin his career, but he has since embraced support from other skaters and the public. Since 2008, he has been in a relationship with Rajesh Tiwari, a director of The Brian Orser foundation.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 28
    Orser starred in the 1990 German skating dance film Carmen on Ice, alongside his archrival Brian Boitano and Katarina Witt.
    More Details Hide Details The film told the story of Carmen wordlessly through ice skating; Orser played the part of Escamillo. He is the head instructor at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club along with Tracy Wilson. His current students include: His former students include:
  • 1988
    Age 26
    Orser began touring with Stars on Ice in 1988, soon after ending his competitive career.
    More Details Hide Details He would go on to appear with them on and off for nearly 20 years, skating his last with the show in 2007.
    He won the silver again at Worlds in 1988, after winning the free skate.
    More Details Hide Details Orser turned professional following that season. He had not placed off a podium at any competition since 1982. During his competitive career, he trained at the Mariposa School of Skating.
    Going into the 1988 Olympics, Orser worked with a sports psychologist on visual imagery.
    More Details Hide Details He and Brian Boitano were thrust into the Battle of the Brians, each being the other's main rival. Orser was undefeated in the 1986-1987 season and had not lost a competition since losing to Boitano at the 1986 Worlds. At the Olympics, Orser served as the flag-bearer for Canada during the opening ceremonies. He placed 3rd in compulsory figures segment of the competition, 1st in the short program, and second in the free skating, winning the silver medal overall. Brian Boitano won the gold medal, defeating Orser by .10 of a point.
  • 1987
    Age 25
    Orser resolved to begin including two axels, not just one, in his free skate, in order to give himself an advantage over Fadeev. He finally won Worlds in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details At that competition he became the first skater at the World Championships to land two triple axels in the free skate and three in the same competition.
  • 1985
    Age 23
    Orser was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1985 and promoted to Officer in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Orser, along with his two co-stars, won an Emmy Award for his performance in Carmen on Ice after it appeared on HBO. Orser has been elected to the following halls of fame:
  • 1984
    Age 22
    In the 1984-1985 season, after Hamilton's retirement, Orser was seemingly poised to become the dominant champion.
    More Details Hide Details However, he had an imperfect Worlds, and placed second to Alexander Fadeev, who also had the triple axel in his repertoire.
    He won the silver medal behind Scott Hamilton, and then won the silver at 1984 Worlds, again behind Hamilton.
    More Details Hide Details Only Orser's low placements in the compulsory figures prevented him from winning both titles.
    Orser became the first man to land the triple axel at the Olympics when he landed it in his free skate at the 1984 Winter Olympics.
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    He is the 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist, 1987 World champion and eight-time (1981–88) Canadian national champion.
    More Details Hide Details He turned professional in 1988 and skated with Stars on Ice for almost 20 years. As a coach, he has led both Kim Yuna (2010) and Yuzuru Hanyu (2014) to Olympic gold.
  • 1983
    Age 21
    He won his first World medal in 1983, a bronze, positioning him well for the 1983-1984 Olympic season.
    More Details Hide Details Orser became the second man to land the triple Axel when he performed it in winning his Canadian junior title in 1979, at a time when few senior skaters were even attempting it. Over the next few years, Orser performed the jump more frequently and more consistently than any other skater of the time.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 18
    In the 1980-1981 post-Olympic season, Orser began making his mark on the skating world.
    More Details Hide Details He won the silver at the Nebelhorn Trophy, placed 6th at Skate Canada, and then won his first of eight National titles. In his debut at Worlds, he placed 6th. The next season, he won his first medal at Skate Canada and moved up to 4th at Worlds.
    In 1980, he moved up to the senior level.
    More Details Hide Details He won the bronze medal at his first senior international, the Vienna Cup, and then placed 4th at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. That was the last time he would place off the podium at the national level.
  • 1979
    Age 17
    He added a second national title, this time at the junior level, to his resume in 1979.
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  • 1977
    Age 15
    Orser won his first national title on the novice level in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details The following season, he went to Junior Worlds and placed 4th, behind eventual rival Brian Boitano.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on December 18, 1961.
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