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Christopher Bowman


Champion shape skater who unexpectedly died from a medication overdose at age 40. He was a two-time USA National Champ and competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Video games. He was a kid actor who made an appearance on “Small House for the Prairie” aswell as several tv commercials. He exposed that he previously been spending $1000 each day on cocaine in the shape skating expose “Inside Advantage.” He was wedded to skating trainer Annette Bowman Jasinkiewicz. That they had a daughter called Bianca in 1997. He and Nam Nguyen had been both Globe Junior Champions in men’s singles shape skating.

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Date Of Birth March 30, 1967
Died January 10, 2008, North Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Height 1.78 m
Profession Figure Skater
Nationality American
Movies Billy the Kid: Showdown in Lincoln County, Billy the Kid, Figure Skating Superstars: Katarina Witt and Friends, Blood River
Star Sign Aries

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1He has been a resident coach at the prestigous Detroit Skating Club since 2002. [November 2003]
2Currently coaching at Garden City Figure Skating Club in Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan
3Christopher's father Nelson Reed Bowman passed away in November of 2008 - just 11 months after his only child.
4Admitted to having had a $950 a day cocaine habit during his eligible career, and that he had checked into the Betty Ford Center before the 1988 Olympic Games and again after the Albertville Games in 1992. Bowman's acute drug problems were later chronicled in the "Zero Tollerance" by Talley Cranston and by former coach Toller Cranston and "Inside Edge" by Christine Brennan.
5Was found dead inside a Budget Inn motel room in Los Angeles. His death was investigated as a possible drug overdose due to prescription medication found at the scene. An autopsy concluded he died from a drug overdose and an enlarged heart (due to weight gain and substance abuse). His blood-alcohol level was 0.12 per cent and toxicology tests also revealed cocaine, Valium and marijuana in his system. He weighed 261 pounds at the time of his death.
6A former child actor (he had appeared on television's Little House on the Prairie), Bowman had moved from Detroit back to Southern California in order to stage a comeback in acting prior to his death.
7At the time of his death, was taking medication for a Bi-polar disorder.
8World Men's Figure Skating Silver Medalist - 1989
9World Men's Figure Skating Bronze Medalist - 1990
10Was featured in the February 12, 1990, issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.
11U.S. National Men's Figure Skating Champion - 1992
12U.S. National Men's Figure Skating Champion - 1989
13Host of Fox's Rock 'n Roll Figure Skating Championships with James Brown
14Has been profiled in People, US, and Rolling Stone magazines
15Has appeared in more than 200 TV commercials, and more than 100 print advertisments.
16Has a daughter with his ex-wife, Annette.
17Fox Sports commentator and analyst
18Christopher and Annette have one daughter, Bianca
19Two-time U.S. figure-skating champion.



Down and Distance2010Assistant Black Knights Coach
Archie Bunker's Place1980TV SeriesAndrew
Little House on the Prairie1978-1979TV SeriesBenjamin / George



License to Drive1988stunts - uncredited
The Lost Boys1987stunts
Surf Nazis Must Die1987stunts - uncredited



NBC Sports Presents World Champions on Ice II1994VideoHimself
NBC Sports Presents World Champions on Ice1993VideoHimself
1992 Winter Olympics Figure Skating1992VideoHimself
Kurt Browning: Life on the Edge1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
An Evening of Championship Skating1992TV MovieHimself
CBS All American Thanksgiving Day Parade1991TV SpecialHimself

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1Absolutely, I'm lazy for an athlete, but I don't consider myself an athlete. I'm just an average guy who doesn't like to get out of bed at seven a.m. I don't like pain. I don't like to feel cold. I enjoy the sense of expression and achievement I get from my skating, but no one enjoys hard work.
2Each 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," - 1992 interview

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