This morning I checked my email and saw a link that a champion figure skater had died. I clicked on the link and my jaw dropped when I saw the name Christopher Bowman. I guess i had expected one of the current skaters was in a car crash or something (which would have been equally tragic)Bowman was one of my all-time favorite skaters and I had a huge crush on him (which is a little embarrassing but I was 12 and loved figure skating, who else). In 1991 when the US Nationals were in
He was 40 years old and died in his sleep at a Motel in
For those who followed the sport in the late 80s and early 90s, Bowman couldn’t be missed. He had a flair that few skaters have and it earned him the nickname, “Bowman the Showman”. In the article I read Boitano named Chris as one of the top three male figure skaters of all time. Maybe of US male figure skaters…. Regardless, he brought a sense of levity to the sport that is in many ways lacking in this day and age. He’ll be missed.
Bowman’s Short Program from the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. It exemplifies who he was as a skater and you can easily see where he got his nickname.
Bowman’s Long Program from the 1991 Nationals. It’s a more subtle performance, although still great.
1. Every second/ of every minute of the day/ I let my fancy play
2. OOOHH Baby/ Cry Baby/ Cry Baby/ Welcome back home
3. There are people going hungry/ Far away/ They got nothing on their plates
4. Deep in the bosom of the gentle night/ Is when I search for the light/ Pick up my pen and start to write.
5. Glue/ Stuck to my shoe/ Does anyone know why/ We play with an orange rind.