Brian Boitano

One of the greatest figure skaters in U.S. history, winning Gold in the Olympics and countless national and international titles. “It was as flawless as I could skate.” Brian Boitano, after his Gold Medal in the 1988 Winter Games

Brian Boitano began skating at the age of eight, working with coach Linda Leaver, who would become his mentor for the bulk of his career. Their time together paid off quickly, with Boitano capturing the U.S. Junior Men’s Title at age 14.

At 19, he became the first skater to complete all six different triple jumps at a World Championship. In 1985, he captured the U.S. title. Poised for a breakthrough at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, Boitano won Gold in “a performance that will go down in history as the greatest ever seen by a male skater.”

That same year, he won the Novarat Trophy in Budapest, with an unprecedented seven perfect marks, the first male skater to ever accomplish the feat.

He would skate as a pro, with such productions as “Brian Boitano, Canvas on Ice” on ABC-TV, the first TV special for an American skater. Brian now stars in his own series on Food Network entitled, “What would Brian make?”

Boitano was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.