kurtfiles

 
Home
Profile
Record
Articles
News
Photo
Stars on Ice
Music
References
Miscellaneous
 
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013



Skating Stars Laced Up to Dazzle on Ice

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: April 28, 2001
Author: Phil Duperron

Copyright 2001 Sun Media Corporation

Kurt Browning lets out the odd groan during the phone interview as a trainer works on his knee after rehearsal.

The skating star, who was in Halifax preparing for an 11-city Canadian tour with the Chrysler Stars on Ice, will be in Edmonton's Skyreach Centre today for a fun-filled evening of music, pageantry and, of course, skating.

Browning is one of several top-flight skaters in the show - Brian Orser, Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz and Josee Chouinard are also cast members.

"It's hard, but you get used to it," said Browning of his gruelling road schedule.

When he spoke to The Sun, he'd just finished a 56-date American tour and it had been almost a month since he last saw his wife, Sonia. But that's just par for the course when you're Canada's highest-drawing figure skater, one who spends at least half of the year on the road.

The physical demands of performing so many shows does become a factor and "it's harder every year," said Browning, but he has no intention of retiring soon.

As long as he keeps challenging himself out on the ice, Browning, 34, sees no reason why he should quit. He points out that Scott Hamilton, who's 42, still performs a strong technical routine complete with backflips, despite a (successful) battle with testicular cancer. Hamilton, one of the founders of Stars on Ice, has announced this will be his last year with the tour, but he will stay involved in figure skating through workshops and guest appearances.

Like most Canadians, Browning says he is "looking forward to summer" and some well-deserved time off.

This summer will be special for Browning. In June, there will be an unveiling of his star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto, which recognizes outstanding Canadians in the arts, sports and entertainment fields.

Browning said that three years ago when the Walk of Fame was started he made a guest appearance - singing while wearing Rollerblades. He jokes about being given the star "to make me stop singing."

Browning is no newcomer to awards or recognition, but said he's "really hapy" about this one.

Browning's a four-time world figure skating champion and a member of the Order of Canada who's been inducted into the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame.