Brian Boitano won the Olympic figure skating gold in 1988, and now he's preparing to represent his country in an entirely new role at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi: as a member of the U.S. delegation.
"It's such an incredible delegation to be on," he says. "The message that President Obama is sending us over to deliver of diversity and tolerance is such an incredible message."
It was that display of tolerance that inspired him to make a big statement of his own. He publicly came out as gay shortly after being appointed to the delegation, something he never planned on doing. "I'm a really private guy. ... I reserved that side of my life for family and friends," Brian says. "I was never in or out. I just was."
He's looking forward to watching the American figure skating team in Sochi, where he suggests we keep our eye on one specific athlete with a big potential for gold. "The girl who has the best chance is Ashley Wagner," he says.
The 50-year-old still skates four times a week, and he has recently taken on another major project: renovating his great-great-grandfather's home in Favale di Malvaro, Italy. Fans can follow the renovation on his new HGTV show, "The Brian Boitano Project." "You see everything from soup to nuts ... the whole process," he says.
The figure skater might also be the subject of one of the catchiest songs of the '90s, "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" It features Brian as a superhero who saves the human race in "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut." So, we had to ask him the signature question.
What would Brian Boitano Do if he could pair skate with anyone? Ali, obviously.
What would Brian Boitano Do if Kim Jong Un asked him to be his BFF? "I would start playing basketball and get a lot of tattoos," he says.
What would Brian Boitano Do if he were asked to do "Dancing With the Stars"? "Wouldn't do it," he says. "I'm not a dancer. ... I don't have that whole groovy thing that you need."
To find out how Brian would decorate a room based on his best figure skating ensembles, check out this episode of "Daily Shot," and be sure to watch "The Brian Boitano Project" on HGTV on Jan. 23 at 11:30 p.m. and Jan. 30 at 11 p.m EST.