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U.S. Figure Skating mourns Bowman's passing

'The Showman' won two U.S. national titles, in 1989 and '92

Christopher Bowman's distinct flair on the ice made him a favorite throughout the sport.
Christopher Bowman's distinct flair on the ice made him a favorite throughout the sport. (Paul Harvath)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(01/11/2008) - Former U.S. champion and Olympian Christopher Bowman died Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 40. Known as "Bowman the Showman" for his flamboyant skating style, the two-time world medalist was found in a motel room in the North Hills section of Los Angeles.

Bowman's accomplishments include winning the 1989 and '92 U.S. titles, as well as capturing the silver and bronze medals at the 1989 and '90 World Championships, respectively. In addition, Bowman competed in two Olympic Winter Games, finishing seventh in 1988 and fourth in 1992.

"U.S. Figure Skating was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Christopher Bowman," U.S. Figure Skating President Ron Hershberger said. "He was an exceptionally talented skater, and his friends throughout the skating community will always remember the special gifts he shared with us. Our thoughts are with Christopher's family during this difficult time, as they deal with this tragic loss."

"'Bowman the Showman' says it all," said Mitch Moyer, U.S. Figure Skating senior director of athlete high performance. "When I think of Christopher, I smile. I think of all the Christopher Bowman stories and performances. He loved to be on stage both on and off the ice ... and then I frown. It is sad that he struggled with balancing his life and that he passed away so young. Christopher touched so many lives and put smiles on all our faces."

Funeral arrangements are pending.