Kurt announced his retirement from eligible ISU competition on March 2 1994. He is now a professional touring skater, under contract with The Discover Card/Chrysler Stars on Ice tour until 1998. He also performs in Canada's Skate the Nation tour-- a sister tour of Stars on Ice that tours smaller cities in Canada and features an all Canadian cast.
Amateur: In Canada: International: 1994 Canadians - 2nd 1994 Olympics - 5th 1993 Canadians - 1st 1993 Skate Canada - 1st 1991 Canadians - 1st 1993 Worlds - 1st 1990 Canadians - 1st 1992 Worlds - 2nd 1989 Canadians - 1st 1992 Olympics - 6th 1988 Canadians - 2nd 1991 Lalique - 1st 1987 Canadians - 2nd 1991 Worlds - 1st 1986 Canadians - 5th 1990 Nations Cup - 1st 1985 Canadians - 1st (jr) 1990 Skate Canada - 1st 1983 Canadians - 1st (nov) 1990 Goodwill Game - 1st 1982 Canadians - 12th(nov) 1990 Worlds - 1st 1989 NHK - 3rd 1989 Skate America - 3rd 1989 Worlds - 1st 1988 NHK - 3rd 1988 Skate Canada - 1st 1988 Skate Electric - 1st 1988 Worlds - 6th 1988 Olympics - 8th 1987 Skate Canada - 4th 1987 St Ivel - 2nd 1987 Worlds - 15th 1986 NHK - 7th 1986 Oberstdorf - 3rd 1986 St. Gervais - 2nd 1985 St. Gervais - 2nd 1985 Oberstdorf - 9th Note: In 1992, Kurt did not compete at the Canadian National Championships due to injury. Professional: 1996 The Ultimate Four Challenge - 4th 1996 World Professional Championships - 1st 1996 Canadian Professional Championships - 1st 1996 U.S Professional Championships - 1st 1996 Fox's Rock n'Roll Championships - 2nd 1995 Canadian Professional Championships - 1st 1995 World Professional Championships - 1st 1995 The Ultimate Four Challenge - 1st 1995 World Challenge of Champions - 4th 1995 Starlight Challenge - 1st 1995 Fox's Rock n'Roll Championships - 2nd 1994 Canadian Professional Championships - 3rd 1994 World Professional Championships - 4th 1994 World Challenge of Champions - 3rd 1994 Paris Miko Masters - 2nd Note: Kurt has also competed as part of a team in competitions like "Ice Wars", "World Team Championships" and "Battle of the Sexes".
Competitive: (Names in brackets indicate the choreographer of the program) Short Long 1993 - 1994 season: St. Louis Blues Casablanca (Sandra Bezic) (Sandra Bezic) 1992 - 1993 season: Bonzo's Montreux Casablanca (Sandra Bezic) (Sandra Bezic) 1991 - 1992 season The Hindu War God Firebird (Brian Powers) (Brian Powers/Renata Jiranek) 1990 - 1991 season: The Hindu War God Sons of Italy (Brian Powers) (Brian Powers) 1989 - 1990 season: Lone Bank Blues/ Gaiete Parisienne/Le Cid Toast of the Town/Speedway (Kevin Cottam) (Kevin Cottam) 1988 - 1989 season: The Cotton Club Gaiete Parisienne/LeCid (Kevin Cottam) (Kevin Cottam) 1987 - 1988 season: Tequila Grand Canyon Suite (Sandra Bezic) (Sandra Bezic) 1986 - 1987 season: Relax Grand Canyon Suite (Sandra Bezic?) (Sandra Bezic) Exhibition numbers: Music Choreographer 1996-1997 season: If I Only Knew (Tom Jones) Kurt Browning (?) Hat Trick Sandra Bezic/Michael Siebert Summertime Alexander Zhulin Serenade to Sonia Sandra Bezic 1995-1996 season: Color My World Sandra Bezic (?) Brick House Michael Siebert Masks and Morning Dance Kurt Browning Lightning Crashes Kurt Browning That's Entertainment! Sandra Bezic 1994-1995 season: Hey Pachuco Sandra Bezic All Alone Michael Siebert Blues Berry Hill Michael Siebert The Rocketeer Sandra Bezic 1992-1993 season: Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me Sandra Bezic As Time Goes By Sandra Bezic Cavelleria Rusticana Sandra Bezic (?) Before 1992: O Canada Kevin Cottam (?) Johnny Guitar Kevin Cottam Charlie Brown Kevin Cottam Here I am/She's Hot To Go Kevin Cottam What a Wonderful World Kevin Cottam Sign Your Name/Hey Little Sister Kevin Cottam Bring Him Home Kevin Cottam
Note: All the commercially sold videos are available through Sportsbook in Canada. For more information, you can contact them firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, Kurt played Aladdin in the one hour Disney special "Aladdin on Ice" which aired on CBS (in the US) and CBC (in Canada) in November 1995. Kristi Yamaguchi costarred as Princess Jasmine.
Here is the info on Kurt's book if you wish to order:
Kurt: Forcing The Edge
by Kurt Browning
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Suite 2900 55 Avenue Rd, Toronto Canada M5R 3L2
ISBN number: 0-00-637885-4
There are two editions of this book. The 1st edition (hardcover) was published late 1991, prior to the Albertville Olympics. The 2nd edition (paperback), contains 4 extra chapters covering his experience in the Albertville Olympics and the 1992 Worlds.
1994 - Sports Federation of Canada - Top Male Athlete 1991 - Lionel Conacher Award - The Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year 1990 - Lou Marsh Award - Canada's Outstanding Athlete 1990 - Lionel Conacher Award - The Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year 1990 - Recipent of "Order of Canada" - Canada's most prestigious civilian award 1990 - Sports Federation of Canada - Top Male Athlete
In 1994, Kurt was inducted into Canada's Sport Hall of Fame.
This caused an uproar in Edmonton and thousands of Edmontonians signed a petition demanding Kurt be allowed to skate in the closing ceremonies. Ottavio Cinquanta, the ISU president, claiming to have "found a way out" decided that Kurt (and Kristi Yamaguchi) can skate alongside the Royal Glenora skaters during the closing ceremonies because the official Championship was over. So at the end of the Gala performances, Kurt and Kristi joined the skaters from the Royal Glenora Club and skated in a small group number called "Futurescapes".
Recently, the discussion about the first skater to land the quadruple toe loop (aka "the quad") in competition has been brought up again due to statements made by certain TV networks during the past season that Jozef Sabovcik was the first person to land the quad.
Kurt Browning certainly wasn't the first person to attempt the quad. In the 1980s, several skaters were already trying it, including Brian Boitano, Brian Orser and Jozef Sabovcik. At the 1986 European Championships, Jozef seemed to have succeeded in landing the quad. However, replays showed that Jozef's free foot brushed the ice when he landed the jump, and the ISU didn't give it credit as a "successfully landed jump."
When Kurt landed the quad at the World Championships two years later, he needed to do a move called a "three turn" in order to help control the landing of the jump. However, it was landed on one foot and the ISU officially recognized it as the first quadruple toe loop jump landed in a competition.
After landing it for the first time at the 1988 World Championships in Budapest, Kurt successfully landed another quad at the 1989 Canadian Championships in Chicoutimi, Quebec. A few other attempts (1989 Skate America, 1989 Worlds) weren't quite successful. The last time he attempted a quad in a competition was at the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle.
Besides the distinction of being the first man to land a quadruple jump in competition, Kurt was also the first skater to land a triple salchow-triple loop jump combination in competition (at the 1990 Nations Cup in Germany). This combination is considered very difficult because the 2nd jump is a triple loop which takes off the same landing foot of the triple salchow. This requires an incredible amount of control from the skater. At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, he performed a difficult variation of this jump combination by entering it from a spread eagle position.
Another technical achievement worth noting is that at the 1991 World Championships in Munich, Germany he became the first skater to land three triple-triple jump combinations in a freeskating program (the triple axel-triple toe loop, the triple flip-triple toe and the triple salchow-triple loop).
This year Kurt is one of the people featured in the "Champions Read" posters distributed by the Canadian School Libraries Association.
Sonia has also performed in an ice skating special. You can see her as "Venus" in the Duchesnay's (1992 Olympic Silver Medalists in ice dance) skating special "The Planets" which aired on CBC (in Canada) and A&E network (in the US). Two time Olympic Silver Medalist Brian Orser also performs in this special, which is available commercially. She also made a cameo appearance in "You Must Remember This".
1 St.Clair Ave. E #700
Toronto ONT, Canada M4T 2V7
Note about writing to Kurt: People ask if this address "works" and if Kurt esponds to his fan mail. I think I can safely say from personal experience hat this address "works" and you do get a reply from Kurt. HOWEVER, just ike other skaters or celebrities Kurt gets a lot of fan mail so it might take awhile for him to repsond to your letter. So, be patient.
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