I think figure skating is fascinating. I’ve always been impressed by the way skaters have to be both athletes and artists. What they do is very very physically demanding yet, to be successful, they have to be dancers, gymnasts and actors. They must have the strength and stamina to perform, usually solo, for as long as four minutes. When they make a mistake, everyone who is watching knows that it’s happened. But, when they leap into the air, spin around several times and land on one skate, and they do it in time with the music that they’ve chosen, it can be quite breathtaking.
I’ve always been captivated by Brian Boitano. Winner of the gold medal for the United States at the 1988 Winter Olympics Games in Calgary, Canada, Boitano skating is powerful, precise, consistent and emotional. He created and frequently performs his signature jumps, the Tano Triple and Tano Lutz. I’ve seen him skate, live, on several occasions and it took my breath away.
After winning Olympic gold, Boitano went on to earn praise on the professional figure skating circuit, he won an Emmy Award wrote a best-selling book and, in August of 2009, premiered a Food Network cooking series called What Would Brian Boitano Make? In the series, Brian takes viewers on a reality cooking adventure as he creates amazing food for a new event in each episode focusing on innovative but accessible dishes.
To me, Boitano has always seemed like a genuinely nice person and, in his cooking show, viewers get to see and appreciate even more of his personality than fans see on the ice. Check out his show this afternoon, and every Sunday, on Cooking Channel.
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