He added a second national title, this time at the junior level, to his resume in 1979. He won the bronze medal at his first senior international, the Vienna Cup, and then placed 4th at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
As Boitano said, there's more to him than being gay.
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"First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance.
I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations."Preach!
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.
Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano announced he's gay! Figure skater Brian Boitano was announced as part of the Presidential delegation to Sochi, Russia for the Olympics—and then he made an even bigger announcement of his own.
Boitano released a statement announcing that he is a proud gay man in response to Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws, which will be in effect during his tenure at the Games."I am many things: a son, a brother and uncle, an athlete, a cook, an author and being gay is just one part of who I am," Boitano's statement read.
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 won his first World medal in 1983, a bronze, positioning him well for the 1983-1984 Olympic season.