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Brian Boitano
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February 10, 1992
The champion skater of '88 claims he has been forced to the Olympic sidelines by an unfair ruling
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February 10, 1992

Brian Boitano

The champion skater of '88 claims he has been forced to the Olympic sidelines by an unfair ruling

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SI: What's Katarina like off the ice? Is she as flirtatious?

BB: Oh, yeah, but it's all good-natured. She's changed a lot, I think, since the [ Berlin] Wall came down. I think she went through a lot of hardship that she never shared with anyone. The East Germans hated her because they thought she was a capitalist, and the West Germans hated her because they thought she was a Communist. You win an Olympic gold medal for a country and then they turn around and don't like you anymore. It's a real slap in the face. She got through it like she got through her skating. She's very tough. She's a fighter.

SI: Is there any chance you'll compete in the '94 Olympics in Norway, if the rules change again?

BB: I don't know. By '94, I'll probably think, What the hell, I've done everything that I really want to do in skating, it's time to move on.

What gets me is there are other professionals competing at the 1992 Olympic Games when I'm ineligible. I mean, what's the difference between my competing in skating and Michael Jordan's competing in basketball? There are hockey players being taken off NHL teams. And tennis. Do you remember in Seoul, who won the gold medal in women's tennis? Steffi Graf. I looked at that and I thought, My god, figure skating's going to open up too.

They should open it up. I'd like to participate.

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