Brian Boitano

1988 Olympic Gold Medallist
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Event/Season 1977/78 1978/79 1979/80 1980/81 1981/82 1982/83 1983/84 1984/85 1985/86 1986/87 1987/88 1993/94
Winter Olympics             5th       1st 6th
World Championships           7th 6th 3rd 1st 2nd 1st  
World Junior Championships 3rd                      
U.S. Championships         4th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd


Born: October 22, 1963, Mountain View, California

Coach: Linda Leaver

Skating Club: Peninsula Figure Skating Club

1978: World Junior Championships, Bronze Medalist

1982: First American to land a triple axel.

1982: U.S. National Championships - Pewter Medalist

1983: U.S. National Championships - Silver Medalist

1983: World Championships - 7th place

1984: U.S. National Championships - Silver Medalist

1984 Olympics, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia: 5th place

1984: World Championships - 6th place

1985-1988: U.S. National Champion

1985: World Championships, Bronze Medalist

1986: World Champion

1987: World Championships - Silver Medalist

1988 Olympics, Calgary, Canada: Gold Medalist

1988: World Champion


Following amateur career, Boitano dominated professional competitions, winning five consecutive World Professional Champion titles and four consecutive Challenge of Champions titles.

Starred in Carmen on Ice with Katarina Witt and Brian Orser, and won an Emmy Award.

Successfully lobbied the ISU to allow professional skaters to reinstate, and returned to competitive national and ISU skating. Won the silver medal at U.S. Nationals in 1994, and finished sixth at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

Inducted in the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1996.

Became a popular cult figure due to a recurring cameo caricature in the TV show South Park, where Brian Boitano is a "superhero" and an inspiration to the main characters through the song "What Would Brian Boitano Do?"

Appeared in cameo roles in Blades of Glory and Ice Princess.

Currently hosts a show on Food Network, called What Would Brian Boitano Make?

Member of the delegation representing the United States at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games

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