, a three-time Olympian, has won more than 50 skating titles, including 23 international gold medals, two world titles, six world professional titles, fourU.S. national titles, as well as the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal. He has been inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the National Italian-American Hall of Fame. His signature jump, the Tano Triple, is so difficult, it has rarely been completed by anyone else.
Boitano began his figure-skating career in 1972 at the age of 8. At 14, he became the U.S. Junior Men's Champion and gained world recognition when he was 19 as the first skater to complete all six different triple jumps in a World Championship.
Boitano was the first American male athlete to have his own network television special, Canvas of Ice, which aired worldwide and was seen nationally on the ABC Network. The critically acclaimed special won awards in the International Film and Television Festival of New York and the Chicago Film Festival. He won an Emmy° Award for his starring role in the HBO movie, Carmen on Ice. He and fellow Olympic Gold Medalist Katarina Witt toured North America in three successful ice shows: Skating, Skating II and Skating '92, broadcast on network TV In 1994, he starred in Nutcracker on Ice with Oksana Baird. For 15 years, he toured with Champions on Ice, headlining in 25 national tours. Boitano has provided expert commentary on televised skating shows forABC, NBC andTurnerNelworks. In 1995, Boitano co-founded White Canvas Productions to create figure-skating shows for both live and television audiences. More than a dozen White Canvas specials have aired on NBC, USA Networks, and TNT. On January 1, 2005, NBC aired the "Brian Boitano's 7th Consecutive New Years Day Special." In the last three years, Boitano has headlined more than ten TV specials with such entertainers as Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach and Andrea Bocelli.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
Brian Boitano Facts
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|Giada on Ice|
|Blades of Glory|
|Skating Through Time Volume 1: Great Performances From the US Figure Skating Championships|
|Andrea Bocelli: Tribute on Ice|
|Artistry on Ice|
|Tom Collins Presents Champions On Ice Vol. 1|
|Figure Skating Superstars|