Rudy Galindo Biography

Updated On Jul 18, 2019 Published On Mar 26, 2017
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Date of Birth: 1969 , September-7
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
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Rudy Galindo started skating from his childhood and his parents were supportive of him and they supported him in skating although it was expensive. He is close to his father who made many sacrifices for him while pursuing his career.

Over the years Galindo has competed in the 1996 U.S national campaign, 1987 World Junior Championship in single skating and in pair skating, 1988 World Junior Championship and 1989 and 1990 U.S. National Championship. 

Rudy Galindo announced himself to be HIV and he has written an autobiography of him named as Icebreaker: The Autobiography of Rudy Galindo in which he has stated that his sister supported him in his skating career.  He came out as a guy in the book named A Revealing Journey Into the Secret World of Figure Skating which was written by Christine Brennan.

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Born in San Jose, California, United States

September 7 , 1969

Rudy Galindo is a famous American figure skater who was born in the late 1960s in San Jose, California, United States. He was born as Val Joe Galindo and he has one sister and his brother died at the early age of 10 because of AIDS.

Competed in U.S. Championship


Rudy Galindo has competed in both single skating and pair skating. As a pair skating, he was paired with Kristi Yamaguchi and they participated in 1985 U.S. Championship and resulted with 5th position and won the junior level title in 1986.

Won World Junior Championship


Rudy Galindo and Kristi Yamaguchi competed in World Junior Championship in 1988 and they won the title. After then they competed in U. S. National Championships in 1989 and 1990. The separated in April 1990 after Yamaguchi decided to focus on her singles career.

Competed in World Junior Championship


As a single skater, Rudy Galindo competed in 1987 World Junior Championship and he won the title. He also competed in 1996 U.S. National Championship and became the champion. After that, he was World Bronze medalist in 1996.

Retired from Eligible competition


Rudy Galindo retired from eligible skating competition in 1996 and he toured with Tom Collins’ Champions on Ice. After he finished the tour his lefty side femur was broken and he went in a hip replacement surgery.

Worked as a judge for Skating’s Next Star


After Rudy retired from professional competition he started being a judge of many skating shows. In the year 2006, he worked as a judge on the WE television series named as Skating’s Next Star, produced by his ex-skate partner Kristi Yamaguchi.

Written a book named “Icebreaker: The Autobiography of Rudy Galin


Besides skating, he wrote his autobiography named as “Icebreaker: The Autobiography of Rudy Galindo” which was co0-wriiten by Eric Marcus and was published in the year 1997. In that biography, he has stated about his love and the support given by his father and sister.

Title of Hall of Fame


Rudy Galindo was a very successful skating personality and he was able to earn himself the title as the Hall of Fame. In the year 2011, he was introduced into the San Jose Sports as a Hall of Game and was also elected to U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2012.