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    Figure Skater Christopher Bowman Dead

    SI.com - More Sports - U.S. skating champ Bowman found dead in motel - Friday January 11, 2008 1:27AM


    Bowman found dead in L.A. motel


    Figure skating champ, 40, dies of possible overdose

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    Christopher Bowman won two U.S. titles and competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Christopher Bowman, the former U.S. figure skating champion dubbed "Bowman the Showman" for his flair on the ice, died Thursday of a possible drug overdose, authorities said. He was 40.

    Bowman was pronounced dead at 12:06 p.m., said Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale, who wasn't immediately able to provide more details about the possible drug overdose. Bowman's body was found at a motel in the North Hills section of Los Angeles, and an autopsy was planned for this weekend, Bale said.

    "He just passed away in his sleep," Bowman's mother, Joyce, told the Detroit Free Press, which first reported details of his death. "His friend told me that he was fine. He just went to bed and didn't wake up."

    Bowman, a former child actor, was one of figure skating's bigger personalities in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Immensely talented, with a gift for performance that few others could match, he won the U.S. men's figure skating titles in 1989 and 1992, and was runner-up in 1987 and 1991.

    He also won a silver medal at the 1989 world championships, and a bronze the next year. He skated in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics, finishing seventh in 1988 and fourth in 1992.

    "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."

    But as talented as he was on the ice, Bowman could be just as big a challenge off it. He bounced from coach to coach long before it became fashionable -- he once won Skate America when he was in-between coaches -- and freely admitted that practice was something that just didn't interest him much.

    "Each and every competition that I train for, prepare for, is always a personal challenge for me because, as we all know, the training and discipline between each event is very difficult for me," Bowman said in 1992.

    He battled drug problems, and underwent treatment at least twice -- once before the 1988 Olympics and then again after the Albertville Games in 1992. In the

    He also had run-ins with the law.

    In November 2004, he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors involving having a gun while drunk in Rochester Hills, Mich.

    In 1993, while skating with the Ice Capades, he was beaten at a hotel in a seedy neighborhood in Pittsburgh, according to a police report.

    Richard Callaghan, coach of Bowman's longtime rival, Todd Eldredge, said he was saddened to learn of Bowman's death.

    "When Todd told me, I said, 'What a shame,"' Callaghan told the Free Press. "Christopher was such a nice person. Even though he was troubled, he was very genuine and friendly.

    "There was a great rivalry between Christopher and Todd because they were so opposite. Christopher was always on; he was the star when it came to doing any competitions. Most of us didn't know how he did it, but he did."

    Born in Hollywood, on March 30, 1967, Bowman had a part in the TV series Little House on the Prairie for one season and appeared in dozens of commercials. He got into coaching into his skating career was finished, and the Free Press said he had lived in the Detroit area from 1995 until last February.

    Recently, Bowman had returned to acting. He had a role as an assistant coach in the upcoming Brian J. De Palma-directed movie Down and Distance starring Gary Busey.

    Bowman had a daughter with his former wife, Annette Bowman, according to the Free Press.

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    Re: Figure Skater Christopher Bowman Dead

    This is so sad. R.I.P. Praying for his family,friends, and fans that looked up to him.

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    I'm so sad to hear this....I love to watch ice skating and he was always one that was so enjoyable to watch.

    May he R.I.P.
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    That is sad They say child star? What was he in?
    They serenaded the newest champs in this city of champs, and taunted Kobe Bryant and his Lakers, who drowned in a green-and-white wave for 48 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerLVNV;2749542;
    That is sad They say child star? What was he in?
    One season of Little House on the Prairie.....
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    I went to the Goodwill Games figure skating in 1990 and remember watching him goofing around with the other contestants before going on the ice. He was always entertaining but also had a clearly self destructive streak. I'm sad to see his life ended this way. He was enormously talented.
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    My condolences to Christopher Bowman's family, friends and fans. I used to watch him all the time on tv and will miss his skating.

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    If you search on Youtube for his 1991 Skate America performance, I think that was one of his best. RIP, "Bowman the Showman."
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    How terribly sad. He was so incredibly talented. I used to love watching him.

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    I saw him skate at several shows many years ago. He was fantastic. The nickname "Bowman the Showman" was so appropriate. I'll always remember how much unfulfilled promise he had. When he was "on," no one could beat him. When I'd seen him on anything in the last few years he didn't look good. It was obvious something was wrong.

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