He won his first World medal in 1983, a bronze, positioning him well for the 1983-1984 Olympic season.
He placed 3rd in compulsory figures segment of the competition, 1st in the short program, and second in the free skating, winning the silver medal overall.
Brian Boitano won the gold medal, defeating Orser by .10 of a point.
Orser was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1985 and promoted to Officer in 1988.
Orser, along with his two co-stars, won an Emmy Award for his performance in Carmen on Ice after it appeared on HBO.
He won the silver again at Worlds in 1988, after winning the free skate. He had not placed off a podium at any competition since 1982.
During his competitive career, he trained at the Mariposa School of Skating.He is a Skating Consultant at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club. Orser won his first national title on the novice level in 1977.The following season, he went to Junior Worlds and placed 4th, behind eventual rival Brian Boitano.In the 1984-1985 season, after Hamilton's retirement, Orser was seemingly poised to become the dominant champion.However, he had an imperfect worlds, and placed second to Alexander Fadeev, who also had the triple axel in his repertoire.Over the next few years, Orser performed the jump more frequently and more consistently than any other skater of the time.