When Evan Lysacek won the gold medal for men’s figure skating in the Winter Olympics last night, he became the first American man to do so since Brian Boitano in 1988. “He’s a really good competitor,” Brian tells In Touch, adding that Evan and the other American skaters didn’t ask him for any pointers beforehand. “They don’t really ask for advice — they’re pretty covered!”
Click here to catch up with the Olympic champion.
Are the Olympics like a class reunion for you?
Yeah, especially with the media people, and it’s old home week with the competitors. I was with Debi Thomas last night. She seems really good. And Katarina Witt and Liz Manley are here, too!
Your new season of What Would Brian Boitano Make? starts in March on the Food Network. What are you cooking this time?
I’m doing Chinese food, a sausage fest, a Hawaiian honeymoon, Mexican… I did a Cuban salsa pig roast last week. We took salsa lessons! One of our last episodes is going to feature my nephew’s band, which was voted best band in Albuquerque, and we’re thinking of a way to get them to do something for charity. A lot of the episodes are quirky. I’m doing a pimp-your-ride show with my friend. I’ll pimp his ride and make the guys dinner.
The title is obviously a play on the famous song “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Was it your idea?
I can’t remember if it was mine, but I’m going to take credit!
Have you met South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone yet?
No. I had communication with Matt on the phone because they asked me to write the forward to their new book last year, which was the South Park kids’ guide to life — basically bad advice. I did, but I still haven’t met them. But I think they’re foodies — I really want them on the show.
What would you make them?
My own version of Cheesy Poofs!
Do you come up with every recipe?
I come up with the recipes and have help with the production company. After the Olympics were over, I’ve always been interested in that — when I could really eat anything other than salads and baked potatoes!
And yet you still stay fit!
It takes constant work though. I think people expect that of me, as an athlete. It’s like, “Okay, I’m not going to turn into a fat cook!” I’ve got to work at it.
You’re doing some more NBC skating specials this year, too. How often do you skate?
I’ll do two hours a day and then work out at the gym. It really is a lot of work. It’s a full-time job. My friends ask how I stay in shape, and I’m like, "You guys have to actually work, too!”
How much longer do you think you’ll do it?
It is becoming more difficult, but I feel like I’m in pretty good shape. I definitely want to keep doing it.
We just talked to Scott Hamilton about that.
He’s back! It’s the hardest thing to come back, once you stop.
He says it keeps him healthy.
That’s how I look at it: nothing keeps me in as good a shape as skating.
Are your Olympic memories still fresh?
My memories are ingrained in my memory forever. In Calgary, right after my skate, that’s really fresh, that whole day. I remember that vividly, like it was yesterday. Sometimes you can’t believe it was so long ago. Calgary was like a fairy tale.
Do you have the gold medal?
My parents have it in the safety deposit box. The last time I saw I think was 15, 17 years ago. I’d be scared of someone stealing it. It’s special to know that it’s there.