Christopher Bowman

Christopher Bowman
Christopher Bowman

Bowman in 1989.
Personal information
Full name Christopher Nicol Bowman
Country represented United States
Born March 30, 1967(1967-03-30)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Died January 10, 2008(2008-01-10) (aged 40)
North Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height 5'10" (178 cm)
Former coach Frank Carroll
Toller Cranston
John Nicks
Skating club Los Angeles FSC
Retired 1992

Christopher Nicol[1] 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.



Bowman was born in Hollywood, California, USA. In his childhood, he appeared in commercials, and two episodes of the TV series Little House on the Prairie.

Bowman withdrew from the 1986 U.S. Championships after finishing second in the short program; he had a separation between his right tibia and fibula.[2]

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.[3][4] "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."[3]

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.[5]

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.[5] He was 40 years old. The Los Angeles County Coroner determined that Bowman died from an accidental drug overdose.[6]

He was divorced from skating coach Annette Bowman Jasinkiewicz with whom he had a daughter.[3][4]

Competitive highlights

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


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