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Boitano part of Hall of Fame class

Skater honored by San Jose Sports HOF

Boitano in action at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics.
Boitano in action at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics. (Getty Images)

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By Linda Przygodski
(10/18/2007) - Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano will be inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2007 class.

Boitano wowed audiences at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games by beating Canadian Brian Orser for the gold medal. The Sunnyvale, California native made his mark internationally in 1978 by defeating Orser at the World Junior Figure Skating Championship.

During his competitive career, Boitano has won four national and two world titles before forgoing his Olympic eligibility to skate professionally. However, in 1994, he persuaded the International Skating Union to change its Olympic eligibility requirements and he returned to competition, finishing second at the U.S. championships and competing at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

He is a member of the U.S. and World Figure Skating Halls of Fame.

The 2007 Class brings to 63 the number of South Bay sports figures in the Hall of Fame, which recognizes each honoree with a bronze plaque mounted in the concourse of HP Pavilion. The annual dinner is an event of the San Jose Sports Authority, San Jose Arena Authority, HP Pavilion Management/San Jose Sharks and the City of San José. The event benefits Special Olympics Silicon Valley Region and high school sports programs.

The fall event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th. Festivities will begin with a VIP reception and silent auction followed by the dinner ceremony. Dinner tickets begin at $200 each and may be reserved by calling (408) 288-2936. Sponsorship packages range from $2,500 to $15,000.