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Rudy Galindo (1969)

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Val Joe "Rudy" Galindo is an American figure skater who competed in both single skating and pair skating. As a single skater, he is the 1996 U.S. national champion and 1987 World Junior Champion. As a pairs skater, he competed with Kristi Yamaguchi and was the 1988 World Junior Champion and the 1989 & 1990 U.S. National Champion.

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Rudy Galindo is the third child of Jess and Margaret Galindo, having a brother, George, who was ten years older and sister, Laura, five years older. He began skating with his sister and, although the sport was expensive, his parents were supportive and forewent a chance to buy a house, settling instead for a larger trailer.

Galindo was partnered with Kristi Yamaguchi by his coach, Jim Hulick, who died of AIDS-related cancer in 1989. The pair won the 1988 World Junior title and the U.S. senior championships in 1989 and 1990. In singles, Galindo won the 1987 World Junior title before temporarily giving up the discipline in order to concentrate on pairs. However, in April 1990, Yamaguchi decided to end the partnership to focus on her singles career, and with no one of her caliber to partner with, Galindo returned to singles competition.

His father died of a heart attack in 1993, his brother, George, died from AIDS in 1994, as did another coach, Rick Inglesi, in 1995. Galindo took eight months off after the 1995 U.S. Championships. However, with the following year's event in his hometown, presenting a chance to compete in front of his mother who no longer traveled, he decided to resume training in September 1995. In January 1996, he won the men's title at the U.S. Championships at the San Jose Arena, becoming the oldest male to win this title in 70 years. He went on to win a bronze medal at the 1996 World Championships. His sister, Laura, was his coach.

Galindo retired from eligible competition in the summer of 1996. After being diagnosed as HIV positive and recovering from hip replacement surgery, Galindo continued to tour with the Tom Collins' Champions on Ice show until it went out of business in 2007.

Galindo coaches at Sharks Ice San Jose, the same rink where he trained during his competitive career. He is to be inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

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