Born in 1960, Gary Beacom is a Canadian figure skater, choreographer and author.
Beacom began skating at the age of six. In 1983 and 1984, he won the silver medal at the Canadian Championships behind Brian Orser. He finished 11th at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and 10th at the 1984 World Championships. In the latter part of his amateur competitive career, he coached himself while studying full-time for a university degree.
In his professional career, Beacom specialised in unusual moves, notably in his performance to Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man. He won the 1988 World Professional Championships.
Since the 1990s, Beacom has delivered the Gary Beacom Blade Master Seminars and the I’m Your Man performance tour all over the world, and worked as a choreographer based in Oberstdorf, Germany and Tokyo, Japan.
In 2017, Gary appeared at Billingham Festival in Peacock Lake, an ice show developed with creative input from Balbir Singh. This was the first time the two had worked together and proved a fruitful experience which has led to further collaborations. These include The (Elusive) Art of Figure Skating which was developed by Balbir Singh to showcase Gary’s unique approach to skating, while The Boy with the Rollerblades, also developed by Balbir, is a children’s show with a timely environmental message.