Brian Boitano, the only American man to win a gold medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics, forged a reputation as one of history’s most athletic figure skaters. At the age of eight, he took his first lessons in his hometown of Sunnyvale. He won numerous national championships before his triumph at the Calgary Games, where he became the first skater in Olympic history to land eight triple jumps in the same program. His ice skates from that performance are in the Smithsonian Institution. Boitano later won 20 professional championships and won an Emmy for his performance in “Carmen on Ice.” In 1996, he became a World Figure Skating Hall of Fame inductee.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
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