When he awoke on a cold December morning in the French Alps, Brian Boitano wasn't expecting to have a life-changing day. But then he checked his Twitter feed. There, the U. Olympic delegation he had been appointed to by President Obama a day earlier was being applauded for its message of tolerance and diversity on the issue of gay rights. And so, Boitano, the Olympic figure skating gold medalist who lives in San Francisco, did something he never envisioned doing.
Rainbow Ice - Brian Orser
Team Canada. In Sarajevo, Orser became the first skater to land the triple axel in Olympic competition. He placed first in both the short program and free skate portions of the event, but his seventh-place finish in the compulsory figures left him unable to surpass three-time world champion Scott Hamilton of the United States for top spot overall. Orser had stood on every world championship podium since , winning bronze that year before three straight silver medals. In , Boitano had been world champion, a title Orser claimed for himself in After winning another silver at the World Championships, Orser turned professional and toured with Stars on Ice until
Was there a rift between the skater and the man who had coached him to two Olympic gold medals, two world titles and four Grand Prix Final titles in the seven seasons since Hanyu came to train under Orser? We were working great together this season, and he was skating very well — over points at both his regular season Grand Prix events. Orser expected to talk with Hanyu about the situation Wednesday, when the skater was to return to practice at the Cricket Club after finishing a distant second Saturday to Nathan Chen of the United States in the Grand Prix Final. Hanyu had
He is one of the most accomplished skaters in Canada's history, with eight national titles, two Olympic medals, and a world title to his credit. In November , an ex-boyfriend sued Orser for palimony , outing Orser as gay. Orser won his first national title on the novice level in The following season, he went to Junior Worlds and placed 4th, behind eventual rival Brian Boitano. He added a second national title, this time at the junior level, to his resume in