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"If I had never won a single medal, I'd still be skating in a rink somewhere. There wouldn't be an audience or camera flashes or autograph seekers, but I'd still be skating."

— Brian Boitano

Skates, 1988
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Boitano wore these Harlick skates in the 1988 Olympics. The boot company added the American flags for good luck.

— Gift of Brian Boitano

Brian Boitano
Gold Medal Skater at 1988 Calgary Olympics

When Brian Boitano, U.S. and world figure skating star, dueled Canada's skating champion Brian Orser for the 1988 Olympic gold, it was a clash of skating titans laced with the drama of the legendary rivalry between the U.S. and Canada.

The Boitano-Orser match-up captured the world's attention, attracting record-breaking crowds. Figure skating, an Olympic event since 1908, had developed into one of the most anticipated events in the Games and a centerpiece of television coverage.

Despite a field heavy with stars, Boitano took first in the compulsory event. Orser responded by winning the short program. With the gold medal on the line, Boitano unleashed a spectacular long program that bowled over the judges. Boitano brought home the gold, Canada's native son took the silver, and the "Battle of the Brians" became Olympic legend.

Name: Brian Anthony Boitano
Born: Mountain View, California, 1963–
  • Gold Medalist, men's figure skating, Calgary Olympics, 1988
  • U.S. National Champion, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • World Figure Skating Champion, 1986, 1988
  • World Professional Champion, 1988-1992, 1994
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