You know when you're watching TV or reading about a celebrity and their baby and you just know that there will come a time when the child grows up, they'll be at a school event with other kids and their parents, hanging out and talking, and the parent will realize something and say "Your father is so-and-so?" I'm pretty sure Gary Beacom's children will experience that moment.
Gary Beacom was the 1983 and 1984 silver medalist at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. He also finished 11th at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, formerly Yugoslavia. (By the way, that was the year Scott Hamilton won his gold.) His short program at the 1984 Games was jam packed with amazing turns, brilliant footwork, superb camels, an unforgettable back cross foot spin at the end, and even an unnerving bump at the boards. (link to program)
Hm...somehow, this short description of his amateur competitive accomplishments seems wholly inadequate, as Gary Beacom is among the most innovative, popular, interesting and enduring skating figures of all time. Gary changed skating -- how we view it, how we skate, what we consider great skating, and all those other qualities that make a skater stay in our subconscious. And he did it his way. He was in part self-taught, coached himself towards the end of his amateur career, went to the University of Toronto and graduated with degrees in physics and philosophy, had an impressive professional career, oh, and in 1998, was sentenced and served 21 months in a federal prison in Pennsylvania for tax evasion.
Today Gary still performs worldwide, remains immensely popular, runs workshops, and coaches at the Racquet Club of Victoria Skating Club. His wife, Deena, is also a coach at the club, and they have two young children.
Below is a famous Gary piece, skating to Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man.