Gold Strike: Boitano Captures Gold

by John Nelson

AP Sports Writer

 

Calgary, Alberta - Brian Boitano spun gold and Eric Flaim streaked into silver Saturday, a bright day at last for America at the Winter Olympics.

Boitano skated a nearly flawless freestyle routine to music from the film "Napoleon"to win the United Stated first gold medal, barely beating reigning world champion Brian Orser of Canada.

The battle of military-styled routines between Boitano and Orser came down to a technical tiebreaker. Orser probably stumbled away the gold medal when he almost touched the ice on a triple flip and scaled down one of his triple axels to a double.