Few people have impacted figure skating in the way that Brian Boitano has done. The American great not only won numerous laurels in the course of his career but also invented a new jumping technique known as the Tano Triple. Boitano also spearheaded a change in eligibility rules for professional figure skaters. Find out more about the trailblazing athlete here including facts about his personal life, net worth, as well as the many other pursuits he has been involved in.
Brian Boitano Bio
Brian Anthony Boitano was born on the 22nd of October 1963 in Mountain View, California. He had his high school education at Marian A. Petersen High School, Sunnyvale. Boitano fell in love with figure skating at the age of eight; this was after watching a performance of the Ice Follies. The Ice Follies is a variety ice show which tours different parts of the U.S.A. After seeing the show, Brian Boitano bought an ice skate and began skating in earnest. He also joined a private skating class run by a lady named Linda Leaver.
His natural aptitude and talent for the sport made him stand out and Ms. Leaver began mentoring him. She would go on to become his coach throughout his career. Brian Boitano commenced his career in 1977. He took part in the national junior championships and emerged tops in the competition. He did not allow this early taste of success to distract him. Rather, he worked hard and five years later, in 1982, he made history. He became the first athlete in his country to do a triple axel at the national championships. He also became the first athlete in skating history to complete all six different triple jumps in the world championship.
Brian Boitano won numerous titles in the course of a glittering career. They include the U.S. National Championships (four times – 1985 to 1988), The World Championships (twice – 1986 and 1988) as well as five titles at the World Professional Championships. The Olympics is the highlight of every athlete’s career and Boitano was no different. He represented his country at three different Winter Olympics – 1984, 1988 and 1994. He won gold at the 1988 Olympics defeating his arch-rival, Canadian Brian Orser, in the process. Brian Boitano has received numerous recognitions for his exploits. He has been inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, America Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and The National Italian American Hall of Fame.
His Net Worth
Brian Boitano has a net worth of $10 million. His fortune comes from his sporting exploits as well as other avenues. Boitano is the founder of White Canvas Productions. The company produces figure skating shows (much like the ones Boitano watched when he was young) for TV and public performances. Boitano has also featured in several figure skating-themed movies. They include Ice Princess, Blades of Glory and Carmen on Ice.
There is no doubt that he must have raked in a decent amount from these movies. Additionally, Brian is passionate about food and cooking. He has featured in popular cooking shows such as Hell’s Kitchen (hosted by Gordon Ramsay) and Giada at Home (hosted by Giada De Laurentiis). Boitano has also hosted his own cooking show on The Food Network. The show is titled What Would Brian Boitano Make?
Personal Life and Cancer
Boitano hails from a family that has an Italian background. His father’s name is Louis Boitano while his mother’s name is Donna. There is no information about any potential siblings. Additionally, there is no reliable information to suggest that Boitano has ever suffered from cancer. However, we do know that he is a member of the American Cancer Society. He is part of their public awareness section
Is He Married?
Brian Boitano is gay. He came out prior to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. He had been appointed as a member of the official delegation to the Olympics. He probably came out as a show of support for the LGBT community. This is in view of the fact that Russia has anti-gay laws. With regard to romantic relationships, it must be stated that Boitano has never been married. There are also no reports of any romantic relationships. This does not mean that he has never been in a relationship. It just means that he likes keeping his private affairs private.