Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bowman the Showman's last show

I was startled out of my rhinovirus-induced stupor just now by the news that former figure skating champion Christopher Bowman died today in Los Angeles of an apparent drug overdose.

Bowman — nicknamed "Bowman the Showman" for his aggressive, flashy skating style — won the U.S. men's title twice (1989 and 1992, with second-place finishes in '87 and '91). He represented the United States on two Olympic teams, albeit with disappointing results (a seventh-place finish in Calgary in 1988, and a fourth in Albertville, France, in 1992). He scored a silver medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in 1988, and a bronze the following year.

Prior to his athletic fame, Bowman was a child actor, familiar to TV viewers from dozens of commercials, plus a recurring role in the series Little House on the Prairie. But like many child stars, he encountered problems with drugs — he later acknowledged having a serious cocaine habit during his competitive years — and the law. Bowman was arrested in 2004 on charges of carrying a gun while intoxicated.

He was poised to make a return to acting this year, costarring in the new sports film Down and Distance alongside Gary Busey, Lil' Romeo, and Master P.

Bowman the Showman was 40 years old.

Labels: , ,

2 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Janet offered these pearls of wisdom...

I knew somebody else would pay homage to Bowman and I knew that somebody else would be you, too. I wrote my own post about the loss but mine won't go up until next week. He was one of my faves. So sad:(

8:25 AM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

Janet: I'm glad that I didn't disappoint you. :)

Sad, sad business. Clearly, Bowman was blessed with an abundance of talent, and beset by some serious internal demons as well.

Too bad he wasn't able to get his life on track before it skidded off the ice permanently.

3:39 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home