Brian Boitano is a former American professional figure skater who rose to stardom as a result of his 1988 Olympic gold medal win in the singles category. Often referred to as an ice skating legend, he is indeed the creator of the “Tano triple Lutz jump”. During the course of his trophy-laden career as a skater, he was loved by fans for his competitive drive as well as the level of artistry he imbibed in his techniques. At the end of his skating career, he had gained enough popularity to see him successfully make that career switch to reality TV and acting.
Who is Brian Boitano?
Brian Anthony Boitano was born on October 22, 1963, in Sunnyvale, California to Louis Boitano and Donna Jean Boitano. He possesses American nationality and belongs to the Native American ethnic group. He and his brother Mark Boitano were raised by their parents in Sunnyvale, California. As regards his education, he is an alumnus of Marian A. Peterson High School in Sunnyvale, California.
His love for skating came at the tender age of 8 after watching an episode of ice follies. As a result of that, he got his skates and devoted his time in learning how to skate. After years of training, he decided to compete at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Despite it being his first international competition, he was able to make a headline by holding his nerves to clinch the bronze medal, beating Brian Orser to it by the slimmest of margins.
In 1982 he made headlines again, this time it was for being the first American to complete a triple Axel jump. Two years later he received a silver medal at the United States Figure Staking Championships which in turn qualified him for the 1984 winter Olympics in which he came 5th. The following year, he won the United States Figure Skating Championships and came third at the World Championships
In 1986, Brian Boitano won the national championships and went ahead to win the 1986 world championship in exhilarating fashion. The next year, he witnessed a dip in form which saw him humbled to second place in the world championships but took positives as he introduced his own jump which he called the – Tano triple Lutz. The year 1988 was a career-defining one for Brian as he won the United StatesFigure Staking championships and the winter Olympic Gold medal thereby unseating the then world champion and bitter rival Brian Orser. In 1996 he was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame for his immense contribution to the sport.
His Cancer Battles
Despite being a legendary skater, Brian Boitano like the rest of us is human and therefore prone to diseases and illnesses. In 1997 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, but after undergoing treatment and celebrating 7 years of being cancer-free, it returned in 2004. In 2010, he went for a regular check-up in the hospital but ended up being diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumour and immediately signed up for treatments.
His Net Worth
Currently, the net worth of the former skating star is pegged at $18 million dollars, the bulk he earned as prize money during his trophy-laden skating career. Brian Boitano is business inclined given the fact that he owns a company that specializes in the production of skating shoes in San Jose, California. Having achieved so much success, he is known to give regular donations to several charity organizations.
Things You Need To Know About Brain Boitana
There are a lot of things to keep in mind about the ice-skating legend, below are some of them.
1. Brian Boitano is a proud gay man. He made this revelation, 5 days after being assigned to lead a delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
2. His first ice skating competition was the Pixie Derby Boys Division Championships and he was just 8 at the time.
3. Before falling in love with ice skating, he used to be very fond of baseball and had hoped to become a pro baseball player someday.
4. The former skating superstar has an insane obsession for cooking. He even has his own cooking show on Food network titled What Would Brian Boitano Make?
5. He is the founder of a non -profit organization named Youth Skate with the mission of introducing San Francisco youths to the beautiful sport – skating.