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High marks give Boitano 4th straight national title

Updated: January 3, 2002, 2:48 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Jan. 9, 1988

Shortly after midnight, figure skater Brian Boitano finally gets to perform his long program at the U.S. Nationals in Denver. After his scintillating performance in the short program, he appears flat. Tired and short of breath due to the mile-high altitude, he skates a program that, by his standards, is off-center and uninspired.

Twice he touches the ice with his hand to prevent him from falling on triple jumps. Despite these miscues, he receives spectacular scores ...

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