Gary Beacom Olympic athlete

Gary Beacom (born February 23, 1960) is a Canadian figure skater, choreographer and author. He is the 1983 and 1984 Canadian silver medalist and finished 11th at the 1984 Winter Olympics. In his professional career he developed into an interesting skater specializing in unusual moves, such as those in his famous performance to Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man. He is also the 1988 World Professional Champion. As a Canadian citizen, he protested against United States income tax, which he did not pay, and was eventually sentenced in 1998 to 21 months in Federal prison. He wrote a book about this in 2003 titled Apology. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Beacom began skating at the age of six. He won his first competition three years later and would go on to win the silver medal at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in 1983 and 1984, behind Brian Orser. He finished 11th at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and 10th at the 1984 World Championships. In the latter part of his amateur competitive career, he coached himself while studying full-time for a university degree. Beacom graduated from the University of Toronto in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in physics and philosophy.

Personal details

Date of birth
February 23rd, 1960
Places lived
Calgary , Canada
pop. 1,096,833 (2011)


1. University of Toronto Colleges/University

The University of Toronto (U of T, UToronto, or Toronto) is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated on the grounds that surround Queen's Park. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King's College, the first institution of higher learning in Upper Canada. Originally controlled by the Church of England, the university assumed the present name in 1850 upon becoming a secular institution. As a collegiate university, it comprises twelve colleges that differ in character and history, each retaining substantial autonomy on financial and institutional affairs.

Type Public university
2013. 1.66 bil. $
Institution colors
March 15th, 1827
27 King's College Circle, M5S 1A1 - Toronto, Ontario
2013. 67,339
2010. 33,318
2013. 15,817
2010. 12,732
Local tuition
2013. 10.3 K $
2012. 5.7 K $
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