Brian Boitano is an American figure skater who was the 1986 and 1988 World Champion. He also became the 1988 Olympic Champion and became the U.S. National Champion from 1985-1988.
Boitano is the originator of the Boitano triple lutz a move where the skater raises his left arm above his head while doing the jump. He primarily used to be a jumper and with the help of other skaters, helped in the technical envelope of men's skating.
Brian Boitano was born Brian Anthony Boitano on October 22, 1963, in Mountain View, California. He is the son of Donna Jean Boitano and Louis Boitano.
For his high school education, Boitano attended the Marian A. Peterson High School is located in Sunnyvale, California. At the age of 15, he made a name for himself when he won the bronze medal at the 1978 World Junior Figure Skating championship.
Brian Boitano continued to make a name for himself in figure skating after his earlier fame. He became the first American to land a triple axel and introduced his own signature jump the Boitano triple lutz.
In 1984, Boitano finished second at the United States Figure Skating Championship which entitled him a trip to that year's Winter Olympics. He was only able to take fifth place in the competition. All hopes were placed in Boitano after Scott Hamilton retired the same year.
Brian Boitano's first title win was in the 1985 United States Figure Skating Championships. 1985 was the year that the first World Championships was organized in which Boitano came third behind Brian Orser who took second place and Alexander Fadeev who won the competition.
Boitano claimed his second national title in 1986 and went on to claim the World Champion title as well. He lost his World Championship title the following year to Brian Orser. He made a grand return in 1988 winning National Championship and also becoming the Olympic Champion as well as the World Champion.
Following his success in 1988, Brian Boitano turned professional and dominated the professional ranks. He had 10 straight professional competition winning streak which includes his 5 consecutive World Professional Championship titles and 4 consecutive wins at the Challenge of Champions.
Brian Boitano publicly came out as gay in December 2013. He was delegated to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia and he told the press that he never wanted to come out until the delegation announcement. He was an inspiration to skaters like Adam Rippon and Johnny Weir, the newer openly gay figure skaters.
Reportedly, Brian is in a relationship with Franc D'Ambrosio, an American actor. They have been together for over two decades and share a house at Russian Hill.
Boitano has suffered from weak health issues. He has been diagnosed with a benign pituitary tumor and two diagnoses for cancer in 2004 and 2010. He also suffered from testicular cancer back in 1997.
The estimated net worth of Brian Boitano is $18 million. He is undoubtedly one of the most successful figure skaters in the history of sports.
With him being a national, Olympic and world champion, he has made a good career winning.