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Kurt Browning
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Browning skates during the 2000 Stars on Ice tour
Personal information
Country represented:  Canada
Date of birth: June 18, 1966 (1966-06-18) (age 43)

Kurt Browning, CM (born June 18, 1966) is a Canadian figure skater and choreographer. He is a four-time World Champion and four-time Canadian national champion.

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Life and career

Born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and raised in Caroline, Alberta, Browning is a four-time Canadian figure skating champion and four-time World Champion. He represented Canada in three Winter Olympics, 1988 (finishing 8th overall), 1992 (6th) and 1994 (5th), and was given the privilege of carrying the Canadian flag during the opening ceremonies of the 1994 games in Lillehammer, Norway. Browning's other achievements are numerous, including three Canadian Professional Championships, three World Professional Championships, a Lou Marsh Trophy for top Canadian Athlete (in 1990), Lionel Conacher Award winner (1990 and 1991), Order of Canada recipient (in 1990), an American Skating World Professional Skater of the Year Award (in 1998), and a Gustav Lussi Award from the Professional Skaters' Association (in 2001). The only trophy that he never won was an Olympic medal. He is also known as Wayne Gretzky of figure skating due to his achievements, contributions to the sport and popularity in Canada.

On March 25, 1988, at the 1988 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Browning landed the first quadruple jump ever in competition.[1] This accomplishment is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Browning is also known for his footwork.

He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and Canada's Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000. He was honoured with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2001. He also appeared in the 2006 Fox television program Skating with Celebrities.

As a professional skater, Browning has had a long rivalry with Brian Boitano. At the 2006 Ice Wars competition, Browning narrowly defeated Boitano.

Browning married Sonia Rodriguez, a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, on June 30, 1996. Their first son, Gabriel, was born on July 12, 2003 and their second son, Dillon, was born on August 14, 2007.

Competitive highlights

Event/Season 1986-1987 1987-1988 1988-1989 1989-1990 1990-1991 1991-1992 1992-1993 1993-1994
Winter Olympics 8th 6th 5th
World Championships 15th 6th 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st
Canadian Championships 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Skate America 3rd
Skate Canada International 1st 1st 1st
Trophee Lalique 1st
NHK Trophy 7th 3rd 3rd
Nations Cup 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd

References

  1. ^ "A Quadruple Jump on Ice". The New York Times. Associated Press. 1988-03-26. http://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/26/sports/a-quadruple-jump-on-ice.html?pagewanted=print. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Wayne Gretzky
Lou Marsh Trophy winner
1990
Succeeded by
Silken Laumann
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Simple English

[[File:|thumb|right]] Kurt Browning (born June 18, 1966 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta) is a Canadian figure skater. He won four world championships and four Canadian championships.

Browning did the first ever quadruple jump (four turns) in competition. He is well known for his footwork. As a professional, he has skated for Stars on Ice and Tom Collins Tour of Champions, won several professional championships, and did some T.V. skating specials. He has also talked during skating events on T.V. He has helped the charity Muscular Dystrophy.

Browning was raised in Caroline, Alberta. He married a dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, Sonia Rodriguez, in 1996. They have a son Gabriel, born in 2003.

Amateur Competitions

  • World Championships: came first in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1993
  • Winter Olympics: 1988 - 8th, 1992 - 6th, 1994 - 5th
  • Canadian Championships: came first in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1993


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