Randy Gardner (figure skater)
|Full name||Randy Gardner|
|Country represented||United States|
December 2, 1958 |
Los Angeles, California
|Former partner||Tai Babilonia|
|Former coach||John Nicks|
|Skating club||Santa Monica FSC
Los Angeles FSC
Randy Gardner (born December 2, 1958 in Los Angeles, California) is an American former pair skater. With partner Tai Babilonia, he is the 1979 World champion and a five-time (1976–1980) U.S. national champion. The pair qualified for the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
Babilonia / Gardner began skating together as children, when Babilonia was eight and Gardner ten. Their coach was John Nicks. The pair became five-time U.S. national champions and won the gold medal at the 1979 World Championships. They were medal favorites at the 1980 Winter Olympics but were forced to withdraw due to an injury to Gardner.
In 2006, Gardner appeared as a choreographer on the television show "Skating with Celebrities". In 2008, he indicated that he was working on his autobiography which was to be released at the end of the year. It has not been released. In 2008, Babilonia / Gardner announced their retirement from show skating due to a neck injury sustained by Gardner and their advancing ages.
Personal life 
Gardner discovered in 1998 that he was adopted after a relative divulged the family secret. After a five-year search, he found his birth mother who had become pregnant with him at age 17 after being raped by a family friend. Gardner came out as gay in 2006.
Competitive highlights 
|Winter Olympic Games||5th||WD|
|Coupe des Alpes||3rd|
|WD = Withdrew|
- Elliott, Helene (March 20, 2008). "Tai and Randy's bond is sure and steady off the ice". Los Angeles Times.
- "World Figure Skating Championships Results: Pairs medalists" (PDF). International Skating Union.
- "Past U.S. Champions - Senior". Excel Energy Center. Archived from the original on February 9, 2012.
- Rosewater, Amy (January 14, 2013). "A life in skating: An interview with John Nicks". IceNetwork.
- "Catching up with...Randy Gardner". Lifeskate.com. April 11, 2008.
- "Together Forever". People Magazine, Vol. 69, No. 20, p. 159. May 26, 2008.
- Sports-reference profile
- "Skate Canada Results Book - Volume 1 - 1896 - 1973" (PDF). Skate Canada.
- "Skate Canada Results Book - Volume 2 - 1974 - current" (PDF). Skate Canada.
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