- Christopher Bowman
Bowman in 1989.
Personal information Full name Christopher Nicol Bowman Country represented United States Born March 30, 1967
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Died January 10, 2008(aged 40)
North Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height 5'10" (178 cm) Former coach Frank Carroll
Skating club Los Angeles FSC Retired 1992
Christopher Nicol Bowman (March 30, 1967 – January 10, 2008) was an American figure skater. He was a two-time U.S. national champion and two-time World medalist. He won the 1983 World Junior Figure Skating Championships and competed in two Olympic Winter Games, placing 7th in 1988 and 4th in 1992.
He was coached as a skater by Frank Carroll for eighteen years, a relationship that ended following the 1990 World Championships. After that, Bowman was coached by Toller Cranston and then John Nicks. In Inside Edge by Christine Brennan, Bowman admitted to having had a $950 a day cocaine habit during his eligible career, and that he had checked into the Betty Ford Center before the 1988 Olympic Games. Cranston also later described Bowman's drug problems in his book Zero Tollerance.
He was known as "Bowman the Showman" for his crowd-pleasing performances. "If I had to pick the three most talented skaters of all time, I would pick Christopher as one," Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic champion, told the Chicago Tribune. "He had natural charisma, natural athleticism, he could turn on a crowd in a matter of seconds and he always seemed so relaxed about it."
Bowman retired from competitive skating after the 1992 World Championships, and toured with Ice Capades the following year. He left the tour when Ice Capades was purchased by Dorothy Hamill in 1993. For some years thereafter, Bowman worked as a skating coach, first in Massachusetts and then in the Detroit, Michigan area, where he had lived from 1995 until 2007. He also worked as a skating commentator. Prior to his death, he had returned to southern California to make a comeback in acting, with a role as an assistant coach in Down and Distance.
Bowman was pronounced dead on January 10, 2008 at 12:06 p.m. after being found in a motel in the North Hills area of Los Angeles. He was 40 years old. The Los Angeles County Coroner determined that Bowman died from an accidental drug overdose.
Event 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 1988-89 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 Winter Olympic Games 7th 4th World Championships 7th 5th 2nd 3rd 5th 4th World Junior Championships 1st U.S. Championships 1st J. 9th 4th WD 2nd 3rd 1st WD 2nd 1st Skate America 4th 1st 1st 2nd 1st Skate Canada International 2nd Fujifilm Trophy 1st Trophée Lalique 1st NHK Trophy 1st
- J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew
- ^ Schudel, Matt (January 12, 2008). "Christopher Bowman; Skating Star Had an Affinity for Trouble". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/11/AR2008011103759.html. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
- ^ Swift, E.M. (February 17, 1986). "Books Or Blades, There's No Doubting Thomas". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1064528/1/index.htm. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
- ^ a b c Martindale, Mike (11 January 2008). "Ex-skating champion dies of possible drug overdose". The Associated Press. http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/figureskating/news/story?id=3191349. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- ^ a b Martindale, Mike (30 May 2010). "Skater Bowman's troubled life to play out in court". The Detroit News. http://detnews.com/article/20100530/METRO/5300310/1409/rss36. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- ^ a b "Men's figure skating champion Christopher Bowman dies at 40", The San Diego Union-Tribune
- ^ February 8, 2008 Coroner: Christopher Bowman died of accidental drug overdose ESPN
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- Brennan, Christine. Inside Edge. ISBN 0-684-80167-1.
- Cranston, Toller. Zero Tollerance. ISBN 0-7710-2334-0.
- Wright, Benjamin T.. Skating in America.
World Junior champions in figure skating – Men's singles
1976: Mark Cockerell · 1977: Daniel Beland · 1978: Dennis Coi · 1979: Vitali Egorov · 1980: Alexander Fadeyev · 1981: Paul Wylie · 1982: Scott Williams · 1983: Christopher Bowman · 1984: Viktor Petrenko · 1985: Erik Larson · 1986: Vladimir Petrenko · 1987: Rudy Galindo · 1988: Todd Eldredge · 1989: Viacheslav Zagorodniuk · 1990: Igor Pashkevich · 1991: Vasili Eremenko · 1992: Dmitri Dmitrenko · 1993: Evgeni Pliuta · 1994: Michael Weiss · 1995: Ilia Kulik · 1996: Alexei Yagudin · 1997: Evgeni Plushenko · 1998: Derrick Delmore · 1999: Ilia Klimkin · 2000: Stefan Lindemann · 2001: Johnny Weir · 2002: Daisuke Takahashi · 2003: Alexander Shubin · 2004: Andrei Griazev · 2005: Nobunari Oda · 2006: Takahiko Kozuka · 2007: Stephen Carriere · 2008–2009: Adam Rippon · 2010: Yuzuru Hanyu · 2011: Andrei Rogozine
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