BRIAN BOITANO

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Olympic Gold Medalist, Brian Boitano stops by for a chat.

Brian Boitano Fast Facts:

  • Became the U.S. Junior Men's Champion at age 14.
  • First American skater to land a triple axel in competition (1982 U.S. Championships).
  • Four-time U.S. National Champion, a two-time World Champion and the 1988 Olympic gold medalist in Calgary. 
  • Originated the 'Tano triple lutz, his signature leap in which a skater will extend his left arm above his head in the midst of the jump.
  • Reinstated as an amateur to skate at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer as a result of his petitioning the International Skating Union after other Olympic sports such as basketball and tennis allowed professional athletes to once again compete.
  • Satirized in Trey Parker and Matt Stone's South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999), which features a musical parody titled "What Would Brian Boitano Do?"
  • Member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, National Italian-American Hall of Fame and U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
  • Skates from his 1988 Olympic gold-medal performance are exhibited at the Smithsonian.
  • Founded Youth Skate, a non-profit organization created to introduce the sport of ice skating to the Bay Area's underprivileged youth.

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