Brian Anthony Boitano is an American figure skater born on October 22, 1963. He won the Olympics in 1988, the World Championships in 1986 and 1988, and the U.S. National Championship from 1985 to 1988. He is from Sunnyvale, California.
At the end of the 1988 season, he went pro. The ISU changed the rules, and he could compete again in 1993. He went to the 1994 Winter Olympics and got sixth place. Brian went back to being a professional. He was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1996.
Early Years of Brian Boitano
Boitano was born in Mountain View, California, on October 22, 1963. He is of Italian American heritage and attended high school in Sunnyvale, California, at Marian A. Peterson.
Boitano started skating when he was young and was good at it. At the 1978 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, he won the bronze medal when he was 14 years old.
He kept having early success and got a name for himself as a jumper because he could do jumps that were hard and complicated. This made men’s skating more complex, and in 1982, Boitano was the first American to land a triple Axel jump.
About Boitano’s Personal life
In December 2013, Boitano was chosen to go to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with the U.S. team. Boitano came out as gay in a public way when he was given that job.
Because Russia passed an anti-gay “propaganda” law in June 2013, the Sochi Olympics and Russia came under fire from LGBT groups and activists. Boitano told the Associated Press in January 2014 that he had never wanted to come out until he was chosen to be part of the delegation.
Mark Boitano is Boitano’s older brother. He is a real estate agent and used to be a politician. From 1997 to 2013, he was a member of the New Mexico Senate.
What is the Net Worth of Brian Boitano?
The American figure skater Brian Boitano has a net worth of $8 million as stated by Celebrity Net Worth. Brian Boitano has won national, world, and Olympic titles. In 1982, Boitano was the first person from the United States to land a triple axel. In 1987, his signature jump, the Tano triple lutz, came out.
By 1983, Boitano had entered the World Championships. He was the first skater to land all six of his triple leaps in competition. Boitano qualified for the 1984 Winter Olympics by placing second at the 1984 United States Figure Skating Championships. He placed fifth at the Olympics, which helped pave the way for his continued success.
Boitano returned from the Olympics, intending to make the 1988 Olympic team four years later. Following Scott Hamilton’s retirement, he became more optimistic about the prospect of achieving this objective.
In 1985, Boitano won the United States Championships in figure skating. In 1985, he finished third at the World Championships. Despite suffering an ankle tendon injury weeks before the 1986 U.S. Championships, he was still able to win the title.
During the 1986-87 season, Boitano added two new elements to his program: the ‘Tano triple lutz and a quadruple toe loop, to push the envelope. The ‘Tano trip lutz, which entailed lifting the left arm above the head, became his hallmark leap.
Despite many attempts at the quadruple leap throughout the season, he could not land it successfully. He placed second in the competition after falling on the quadruple toe loop at the 1987 World Championships.
As a result of the loss, Boitano and his coach Linda Leaver began strategizing program modifications to offer him the best opportunity to win the 1988 Olympic gold medal.
While he had always been a technically proficient skater who included numerous difficult leaps in his performance, he occasionally lacked the artistry essential to complete a winning program. Due to this, he engaged choreographer Sandra Bezic to assist him with his Olympic shows during the 1987-1988 season.
Bezic concentrated on designing programs with elegant lines highlighting Boitano’s technical skills. The film score for “Napoleon inspired his free skate performance.” It represented several aspects of the soldier’s life, while his short program was inspired by the ballet “Les Patineurs.”
He debuted the programs at Skate Canada in 1987. The audience gave standing ovations to both of the programs. Even though he finally placed second to his long-time opponent Brian Orser, he performed admirably. He was confident, along with his coaches, that he was well-prepared for the forthcoming Olympics.
Then, in 1988, he won the United States Figure Skating Championships, allowing him to enter the Olympics as the national champion. The 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada were dubbed “The Battle of the Brians” because Boitano and Brian Orser virtually competed for the top spot.
Before the crucial free skate, both skaters were virtually deadlocked for first place. However, Boitano performed beautifully, giving him the gold medal.
After the Olympics, Boitano transitioned from an amateur to a professional skater. He won ten consecutive professional contests, including five successive World Professional Championships. Boitano also appeared in “Carmen on Ice,” for which he earned an Emmy.
He briefly returned to amateur classification to compete at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway. While he executed a long solid program, a disastrous triple Axel fall in the short program denied him one of the top slots and resulted in a sixth-place finish.
The following year, in 1996, he was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Boitano became a semi-recurring character on the adult animated comedy “South Park” in 1999, with a musical piece entitled “What Would Brian Boitano Do?”
In 2009, ten years later, the Food Network debuted a new series that copied the music and title from “South Park.” “What Would Brian Boitano Make?” showcased Boitano preparing meals for his buddies.