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Boitano up for Hall of Fame induction

Four-time U.S. champion one of 18 finalists

Brian Boitano achieved figure skating immortality with his flawless, gold medal-winning free skate at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
Brian Boitano achieved figure skating immortality with his flawless, gold medal-winning free skate at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(02/28/2008) - Four-time U.S. champion and Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano has been named one of 18 individual finalists for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.

The Hall of Fame nomination vote is open to the public beginning Wednesday, Feb. 27, and closing Friday, March 28. Voting will take place on the Hall of Fame web site at www.usolympichalloffame.com. A complete list of nominees can also be found on that web site.

Boitano captured the first of four consecutive U.S. titles in 1985 and went on to win two world championships (1986, '88). His performance in the free skate at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games is considered one of the greatest individual figure skating performances of all time and won him the gold medal. At the 1982 U.S. Championships, he became the first American skater to land a triple Axel. He has won more professional titles than any other competitor in the history of the sport, including six World Professional championships.

Off the ice, Boitano's career has been equally impressive. He won an Emmy Award for his starring role in "Carmen on Ice" (HBO) and launched his own skating tour. In 1988, he founded Youth Skate to introduce inner-city youth to the sport of figure skating. He formed White Canvas Productions in 1994 and continues to serve as artistic director for the company. He was inducted into both the World and U.S. Figure Skating halls of fame in 1996.

All Olympians and Paralympians are eligible for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Six individual Olympians, one Olympic team and one Paralympian, along with a coach, a veteran and a special contributor, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. The Class of 2008 finalists in the individual sport/event, team and Paralympic categories were selected by a nominating committee consisting of athletes, members of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, historians and USOC representatives. The committee also selected the individuals to be honored in the coach, veteran and special contributor categories. Their names will be announced with the other inductees.

Winners will be announced April 15 at the Media Summit in Chicago, Ill. The Hall of Fame induction will be held June 19 in Chicago, Ill., at the Harris Theatre and will be televised by NBC.