On This Date 2/20/1988

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Brian Boitano wins the Gold Medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, beating rival Brian Oser of Canada. Effectively tied at the end of the short program, Boitano skated a technically perfect program, highlighted by a prolonged spread eagle, which lasted ten seconds. Oser’s routine was nearly strong with the home crowd edge but had one technical flaw, leading the judges to favor Boitano for the Gold, while Victor Petrenko won the Bronze Medal.