At the 1984 Sarejevo Olympic games, Brian became the first man to land the triple axel in Olympic competition.
In his last amateur competition in 1988, Orser won the World Championships Free Skate with the most stunning performance of his career -- scoring three perfect 6.0s for artistic impression.
He was elected to both the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (1989) and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1995).
He won an Emmy in Individual Achievement, Classical Music, Dance for his portrayal of Escamillo in 1990's "Carmen on Ice"
That Brian has skated to the Neil Diamond song "Dear Father" in more versions than any other program? He has skated four distinctly different programs to it - all exhibitions
"Concerto de Aranjuez" is another favorite, but used for more than exhibitions. It was part of his 1986-87 long program, 1990 pro program, 2000 short program *and* part of a group number for 1992-1993 US and Canadian Stars on Ice tours!
In 1988 Brian was selected as an Officer of Canada - the most prestigious civilian Canadian award.
At the 1984 Skate Canada competition, he has to skate his long program at 1am because of a delay after paint surfaced through the ice and had to be repaired.
Before the start of the 1983-84 season in an attempt to improve his figures he worked with both Karol Diven from Czechloslovakia and Louis Strong from Toronto. It worked too, at the 1983 Skate Canada he took first in figures!
Brian's first win in figures at a senior competition was at the 1985 Canadian Nationals - six years after entering the senior ranks.
Skate Canada (formerly CFSA) has an annual Brian Orser Award that gives up to $1000 to either the Junior Man or Novice Man Champion of the previous Bank of Montreal Canadian Championships.
Brian's skates that he wore for his gold medal win at the 1987 Worlds are on display at the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame and Archives.
Brian received his first perfect 6.0 in international competition at the 1986 Novart Trophy.
Brian was the Honourary Chair of the 2000 Red Ribbon Campaign in Toronto Ontario.
Brian's first pair of figure skates were actually white ladies skates that were painted black. The skates originally belonged to his older sister.
Brian Orser is one of only four Canadians with two Olympic figure skating medals - silver in both 1984 and 1988. (The others are Brasseur & Eisler - bronze in 1992, 1994 and Elvis Stojko - silver in 1994;1998).
From the start of the 1982-83 season until Worlds in 1988, Brian took part in 48 nonfigures competitions (24 short programs and 24 free skates) and never finished lower than second.
During the 1984 Olypic Games, Brian used to swap team jackets with Joe Sabovchik so that Joe could gain access to the game room in the Canadian Village.
For his exhibition program to "Malaguena" in 1987, Brian started the program by presenting an audience member with a rose.
Brian was the first (and coincidentally the last) Canadian male ever to win a figure at Worlds - in 1987 he won the loop.
Brian's first ever perfect 6.0 came for technical merit in the long program at the 1983 Canadian Nationals.
Brian's white/blue costume for his 1982 Nationals long program was made by the folks at Ice Capades? He actually received the costume while at Canadians and the long program performance was the first time he even skated in it! Brian remembers it as being a little to big and rather heavy with all the mirrors and rhinestones around the collar It was the only time he worse that costume.
At Brian's last National Championships in 1988 in Victoria were rife with ice problems. By the end of the week, the older building's refrigeration unit could no longer keep up with the hot television lights and the ice had a thin coating of ice on top, making skating next to impossible. In the Mens free skate, only one man made it through without a fall caused by the poor conditions.
In 2003 Brian posed for photo in his bathroom of himself shaving with his skate blade! The photo was part of a series of photos of celebrities in their bathrooms called "Bathroom Talk" that was later auctioned off for charity. Brian had this to say about it: "I was flattered to be asked. It's a cool concept. You have to let your guard down in the bathroom. You're more in your natural state."
To prepare for rehearsals with Tommy Tune for their 2001 duet to "Nowaday" Brian practiced Tommy's footowkr in his living room in front of the tv with a tape Tommy hand sent him. Brian says it was tricky because to mimic the steps right he had to have his back to the tv and be looking over his shoulder. The program ended up being a smash and Tommy had nothing but complimentary things to say about working with Brian.
Brian's now a shoe! Show designer Ron White has released a line of shoes inspired by eight Toronto men - including Brian. The "Orser" is a two tone wingtip brogue - a sleek, sophisticated yet 'take note of me' shoe. The shoes are made in Italy and will retail in Canada for $495. Read more in their press release
During his final tour with Stars on Ice in Canada Brian skated a program that combined both Neil Diamond's "I Believe in Happy Endings" and "Story of My Life." At the opening (Halifax) and closing (Victoria) shows the audience stood and applauded for the full second half of the program!