KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Finally out from under Scott Hamilton's shadow, Brian Boitano made good on his golden opportunity to win the men's division championship at the 1985 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Friday night.
Boitano, 21, of Belmont, Calif., was the national silver medalist twice behind Hamilton, the '84 Olympic champion, and placed fifth in the 1984 Olympics.
But he returned this year to place first in every event in the men's division, culminating with a near flawless performance in the freestyle program where he clinched the gold.
Mark Cockerell, a 22-year-old Burbank, Calif., skater, claimed the silver medal and fellow Californian Scott Williams, 18, took the bronze.
In earlier Junior Division action, ice dancers Jodie Balogh and Jerod Swallow turned a first-rate free dance performance into a gold medal and Doug Mattis won the men's singles.
In other championship division action, California skating sensation Tiffany Chin's rush towarda nationals gold survived a shaky performance in the prescribed short program and she recorded her second consecutive first in compulsories.
The championship ice dance team of Judy Blumberg and Michael Seibert also moved a step closer to winning their fifth consecutive national title with a brilliant performance in the prescribed original set pattern dance.
Boitano scored 104.10 points in the freestyle event and received 15 ordinals. He maintained a perfect factoral placement of two.
Cockerell, who made his ninth nationals appearance at age 22, pulled in a silver medal by placing second in every event. He scored 103.8 points.
Williams scored 102.90 for the bronze.
The freestyle event was also marked by a spectacular performance from Chrstopher Bowman, a 17-year-old, part-time stuntman who pulled off a third place finish in the event and jumped from eighth place to fourth. He proved to be the crowd's favorite, receiving a long standing ovation and was ladened with roses and gifts from the audience.nt Saturday ranked third after compulsories, and Trenary, 16, of Colorad
But Trenary's program brought the crowd to its feet for a longstanding ovation, and seven of the nine judges awarded her ordinal ones.
She accounted for only 12 total ordinals and 95.50 points, while Damigella was just a step back with 16 ordinals and 95.30 points. Trenary's overall factoral placement was 6.0, compared with Damigella's 6.2.
The free skating portion of the competition proved disastrous to 15-year-olds Dedie Richards of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tracey Seliga of Lunenburg, Mass.,who entered the program ranked No. 1 and 2 respectively.
Both had disappointing performances and fell to fourth and fifth respectively in the final standings.
Holly Cook 14, of Bountiful, Utah, narrowly edged out Richards for the bronze.