Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by OrioleBeagle, May 28, 2011.
Does anyone know what he is up to now?
Do you mean Gary Beacom? http://www.garybeacom.com/
Didn't he live in Idaho for a while?
Yes but he refused to pay income tax and went to jail for 2 years. From what i have read he has had trouble getting work in shows since then. That was many years ago. I would guess he is living in Canada, he can't enter the U.S.
He & his wife are coaching in Victoria, B.C. They have 2 children.
I think he and his wife broke up....
I found his website.
In his professional career, Gary Beacom was pretty much a genius on the ice.
Such creativity, such control (check out the other youtube vids of Gary through the above link). I was surprised to learn that even as an amateur Gary competed without a coach for many years (in essence, coaching himself which is very unusual). Too bad the tax incident and jail destroyed his professional career.
I remember seeing Gary in a COI show with a female skater in a very unique and unusual routine, which I can't readily find on youtube.
Here's more both pro and amateur: (As an amateur, they didn't know how to categorize or score a lot of his moves) --
And this from 2010 -- great
Is that the one where they have skates on their hands? He did that with Gia Guddat. I have the clip in my downloads.
If you are really nice I could send it to you to download. But you have to beg!
Gia Guddat is currently coaching in Sun Valley, Idaho.
I believe Gary went to the 1984 Olympics without a coach and came in 10th. Sheldon Gailbraith was his coach for many years.
The Christmas before last in Sun Valley, Gia Guddat performed a routine with skates on hands and feet during the annual free Christmas Eve ice show. PML.
She and Beacom were a fixture on US t.v. pro shows during the 90s. (The skates on all fours routines were their bread an butter until he ditched Guddat in favor of his future wife.)
Dear Aussie Willy,
Please, pretty please, I'd love to have the download of Gary and Gia performing the skates on hands routine! I'll pm you. Thanks in advance.
If anyone would like to download the clip please PM me and I will send you the link.
He is on Facebook - he accepted my friend request
Haha, I loved the one from 2010.
Gary skating to I'm Your Man. http://youtu.be/sjHpnsI9Xh8
Beacom choreographed the Skate Canada gala closing (and maybe the opening) in Victoria in 2006.
Gary and Edvin Marton (violinist.) http://youtu.be/r8EujjzFczo
Beethoven's Fifth. With bracket/brackets synched perfectly to the music around 1:30. Among other things. I think the guy has a phenomenal musical sense.
Back in 2006 for an IJS judging seminar they used Gary Beacom as an example of excellent skating skills, just because of the control he had.
This is bizarre! But why would he move to Canada, taxes are more there.
He's Canadian/a Canadian citizen.
I watched Gary Beacom skate in Sun valley years ago, and also on TV many times after that. He was an incredible, unique, entertaining skater.
IIRC his dispute in the US was not with the amount of tax but with how US tax law was designed/administered - I think he was a proponent of the argument that the constitutional amendment creating income tax was never properly ratified, although I could be wrong. Anyway, I don't think he has ever expressed any negative opinions about Canadian taxes.
IIRC, after he served his US time for the tax charges, he was deported from the US back to his country of origin.
True, and I believe he cannot return to the US to skate (nor does he want to as far as I know).
Gary Beacom was a brilliant show skater and quite a scholar too, having degrees in physics and philosophy. He was also the tour skate-sharpener for COI for quite a few years. IIRC he did defended his own case on his tax evasion trial, which wasn't the best decision but would appear to be not inconsistent with his attitude about evading the taxes in the first place. Also I seem to recall reading that his job while in prison involved education for other inmates.
Going your own way on ice is one thing, but it doesn't always carry over so well in real life!
Would it be possibe for the moderators to change the name of this thread to his actual name?
I just did it actually because every time I saw the title it confused me!
As for Beacom, he was easily my favorite pro in the early 90's one of the most creative and innovative skaters ever. His baggy pants program was some of the most interesting stuff ever done on skates without a single conventional jump or spin. I'm still in awe.
Thanks for changing the thread title too. It confused me.
Nice to see some Gary Beacom love.
I had heard that Gary once did a pro routine to recorded bird calls. Does anyone have a copy of it?
He was memorable as an amateur skater, too. I still recall his performances at Worlds in Ottawa 1984! I couldn't find them on youtube, so I didn't link them.
"Malevolent Landscapes," performed under darkened lights in Sun Valley, just took my breath away. I skated and judged in SV for a bunch of summers while he was there, saw the skates on ice in person, "I'm Your Man," and lots of others. He was pure genius, although Frank Nowosad did work with him on choreo quite a bit.
I've loved everything he's done on the ice.
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