Saturday, January 14, 2017

CHRISTOPHER BOWMAN, THE LATE GENIUS SKATER


CHRISTOPHER BOWMAN
DONNING HIS COSTUME.
THE TATTOO READS "NOBODY'S PERFECT."

First, I posted last time about an upcoming radio show that's been moved ahead due to the fact that the station's out of Pittsburgh and Steelers have a huge game that night.

Here's the updated info:

Sunday, February 5, I'll have a radio interview on AMPLIFY, KDKA Pittsburgh, a CBS affiliate, with Fr. Ron Lengwin, 6-8 p.m. PST (3-5 EST). That's right. Two hours. A looooong chat with the Good Father about my life and work.

So tune in!

Next, this week's arts and culture column is about the late figure skater Christopher Bowman, a genius-on-the-ice who catastrophically, almost before his audience's eyes, self-destructed. His old youtubes make for fascinating watching.

Here's how the piece begins:

Christopher Bowman (1967-2008) was a flamboyant, profoundly talented figure skater from Southern California who blazed bright, burned out fast and died young.

He was known during his brief career as Bowman the Showman. His drinking, drug use and erratic, unpredictable behavior infuriated and perplexed his coaches, family and fans.

His left bicep bore a tattoo of a pitchfork-brandishing red devil with the caption: “Nobody’s perfect.”

And to watch him, even on grainy 1980s Youtube videos, is to be transported.

Born in Hollywood to parents Joyce and Nelson Bowman, he was a professional model as a baby and did commercials and TV shows as a child.

He won the World Junior Championship at the age of 15. He was also a two-time U.S. National Champion and a two-time World Medalist (silver in 1989, bronze in 1990). He won 7th place in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games and placed 4th in 1992.

You don’t have to know anything about skating — which I don’t — to involuntarily grin the second he came onto the ice. You don’t have to be a judge to know that his insouciant joy, his wild-card choreography and his courage were in a class to themselves.

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.



1 comment:

  1. Here is a treat for you, Heather. The most talented pairs skaters of all time.. truly amazing and no one has ever compared to them! The lift at the 8:20 mark~ o my heart.
    Rose
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x78i4_g-g-a-lifetime-of-magic_news

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