Randy Gardner (figure skater)


Randy Gardner (figure skater)

Randy Gardner (born 1958) is a U.S. figure skater, the partner of Tai Babilonia. They began skating together as children, when Babilonia was eight and Gardner ten. [ [http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedition/la-sp-elliott20mar20,1,6401061.column Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2008: Babilonia and Gardner's Bond Survives Off the Ice] ] Their coach was John Nicks. The pair were five-time gold medalists at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and won the gold medal at the 1979 World Figure Skating Championships. They were medal favorites at the 1980 Olympics but were forced to withdraw due to an injury to Gardner. [ [http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedition/la-sp-elliott20mar20,1,6401061.column Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2008: Babilonia and Gardner's Bond Survives Off the Ice] ]

Gardner revealed that he is gay in a 2006 interview with "Scene" magazine. [ [http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedition/la-sp-elliott20mar20,1,6401061.column Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2008: Babilonia and Gardner's Bond Survives Off the Ice] ] As an adult he discovered that he was adopted after a relative divulged the family secret and he subsequently tracked down his birth mother, with whom he developed a relationship. [People Magazine, May 26, 2008, Vol. 69, No. 20, p. 159: "Together Forever"] He is currently working on his autobiography which is scheduled for release at the end of 2008. [ [http://www.lifeskate.com/skate/2008/04/catching-up-wit.html Lifeskate.com, April 11, 2008] ]

Gardner has been featured as a choreographer on the television show "Skating with Celebrities".

In 2008, Babilonia and Gardner announced their retirement from professional figure skating due to a neck injury suffered by Gardner and their advancing ages. [People Magazine, May 26, 2008, Vol. 69, No. 20, p. 159: "Together Forever"]

Competitive highlights

(all with Babilonia)

1974
*U.S. Championships - 2nd
*World Championships - 10th1975
*U.S. Championships - 2nd
*World Championships - 10th1976
*U.S. Championships - 1st
*Olympics - 5th
*World Championships - 5th1977
*U.S. Championships - 1st
*World Championships - 3rd1978
*U.S. Championships - 1st
*World Championships - 3rd1979
*U.S. Championships - 1st
*World Championships - 1st1980
*U.S. Championships - 1st

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