Figure Skating – 1986 – John Tesh Interview USA Brian Boitano Prior To Free Skate At The World Champ

Brian Boitano won the 1985 United States Figure Skating Championships….which was the first of his four titles….while at the first World Championships of the post-Hamilton era in 1985….that is when USSR Alexander Fadeev won….with CAN Brian Orser finishing 2nd….and Boitano 3rd….who had injured tendons in his right ankle a few weeks before the 1986 U.S. Championships….but went on to win his second national…

Figure Skating – 1986 – Career Hilites OF Ice Dance Champs USSR Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin

Andrei Bukin began figure skating at age seven….while entering the Children and Youth Sports School of CSKA in Moscow. The group trained at a small stadium in Chapayevsky Park near Pesochnaya Square.  At age ten, he joined Spartak and began ice dancing….after originally training at the Small Sports Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium.  In his early career, he was coached by Nadezhda Shirokova…..and his…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Mens Long Program – CZK Josef Sabovcik – With John Tesh

CZK Josef Sabovčík began skating when he was six years old…..with his main coach being Agnesa Búřilová….but he also worked with Anderlová, Lojkovičová and Hilda Múdra…..and his choreographer was Frantisek Blazak.  Sabovčík won bronze at the 1981 Skate Canada International and 1982 Skate America…..and he was the silver medalist at the 1983 European Championships…..but suffered a knee effusion before the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics….where he…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Mens Long Program – CAN Brian Orser – With Scott Hamilton

Brian Orser is a Canadian former competitive and professional figure skater….who is the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics and the  1988 Calgary Winterr Olympic silver medalist….the 1987 World champion…..and an eight-time Canadian national champion from 1981 to 1988.  At the 1988 Calgary Games, the rivalry between Orser and USA Brian Boitano….who were the two favorites to win the gold medal…..captured media attention and was described as…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Ice Dance Championships – USSR Marina Klimova + Serei Ponomarenko

Sergei Ponomarenko is a Russian former competitive ice dancer who competed for the Soviet Union and the Unified team with his skating partner and wife Marina Klimova…..as this ice dance couple were the 1992 Albertvielle Winter Olympics champion….the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics silver medalist….the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics bronze medalist…..plus they were three-time World champion….and four-time European champion.  The Soviet Union dominated ice…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Mens Free Skate – USA Brian Boitano – With Scott Hamilton

Following the 1984 Olympics….several skaters emerged as likely medal hopes following the retirement of USA Scott Hamilton…..when Brian Boitano won the 1985 United States Figure Skating Championships….which was the first of his four titles…..and while at the first World Championships of the post-Hamilton era in 1985…..that’s when USSR Alexander Fadeev won, with Brian Orser finishing 2nd and Boitano 3rd…..plus he had injured tendons in…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Ice Dance Competition – CAN Tracy Wilson + Robert McCall

In the summer of 1981, Tracy Wilson teamed up with Rob McCall in a ice dancing partnership that started at the Elgin Barrow Arena in Richmond Hill, Ontario…..as they trained in Richmond Hill throughout their competitive careers. Together they won the Canadian national championship seven times from 1982 to 1988…..in addition to winning the Skate Canada International competition in 1983 and 1987…..as the 1983 gold was…

Figure Skating – 1986 – John Tesh Profiles The Life & Career Of CAN Brian Orser Prior To World Champ

After USA Scott Hamilton’s retirement in the 1984 – 1985 season….Brian Orser was seemingly poised to become the dominant champion…..however, he didn’t do very well at the World Championships…..placing 2nd to USSR Alexander Fadeev….who also had the triple axel in his repertoire. Orser resolved to begin including two axels, not just one, in his free…

Figure Skating – 1987 – European Championship Ice Dancing – USSR Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin

CBS Tim Ryan provides a wonderful look at the history of ice dancing in figure skating competition…..with a wonderful stop along the way to remember GBR Jayne Torvil + Christopher Dean…..as he comments on how this outstanding team of Brits were able to break the “death hold” that the ice dancers from the Soviet Union held…