Rubber boots road hockey
||Saskatoon Star Phoenix|
||April 1, 2005|
As a regular feature, StarPhoenix sports reporter Cory Wolfe gets
personal with a sports personality. Today, figure skater Kurt Browning
-- a four-time world champion -- gets cornered. Browning's 12-city
HSBC Stars on Ice tour comes to Credit Union Centre on April 27.
The SP: You were the first figure skater to land a quad. What's the
next achievement that you plan to pioneer?
Browning: I plan on becoming a children's book author. A company
has hired me to write a figure skating version of an alphabet
book. They do sports with soccer, baseball . . . They've asked me to
write the figure skating one, so 'A' is for axel, 'B' is for blade,
that sort of thing. I have a son, so it'll be great. But it's a lot
more work than I thought.
The SP: Have you ever thought that a cartoon character was hot?
Browning: Yeah, I'm gonna go with Belle from Beauty and the
Beast. The whole fish thing with The Little Mermaid, she's pretty
hot. But there was a little attitude about Belle that I liked.
The SP: Whenever the kids from South Park are faced with a moral
dilemma they sing a song called, What Would Brian Boitano Do? So, if
sequins and Spandex were outlawed from figure skating, what would Kurt
Browning: Survive. I'd be just fine. Oh, Spandex, too?
The SP: What if the Hokey Pokey song is right and that really is
what it's all about?
Browning: (Laughs) Then I'm gonna be fine because that's all that
goes on at my house is -- the Hokey Pokey and peek-a-boo and pull my
finger and all of that stuff.
The SP: Canadian Jennifer Robinson is the body double for the
figure skating scenes in the Disney movie, Ice Princess. Computer
experts superimpose the face of actress Michelle Trachtenberg on
Browning: That's why when I saw the clip I was like, "I could have
sworn Jennifer did it, but that girl . . ." Wow, OK.
The SP: So whose head would you allow on your body?
Browning: Oh, Brad Pitt. I'd love to look that good.
The SP: As a follow-up, which movie role would you like to live?
Browning: I think Kevin Costner's Field of Dreams. If I build it,
they will skate. I love that movie. It would be so cool to have ghosts
come and play baseball for you. But you know what? (Costner's
character in the movie) isn't really rich, so maybe Hugh Hefner.
The SP: (Laughs) Tell me the first album that you ever bought and
also the most recent addition to your music collection?
Browning: The first album was Styx, Paradise Theatre, and the most
recent addition is the newest album by Joni Mitchell. I love Joni
Mitchell, but technically, I bought it because I think I'm going to
skate to one of her songs called River.
The SP: OK, Alberta guy . . . what proves you're still a little bit
Browning: My vocabulary changes every time I go home and my wife
says, "Every time you go home, you talk different." I get local.
The SP: How many rednecks get to marry ballerinas?
Browning: Oh, I recommend it. (Browning is married to Sonia
Rodriguez, a dancer with the National Ballet of Canada.) No, I'm a bit
redneck. I'd like to play hockey on the street every day if I
could. Here's a better answer. What proves that I'm still a redneck?
I'm very, very happy in a pair of rubber boots.
The SP: (Laughs) You've just clinched it. You were spotted in the
audience at Canadian Idol. What would be your schtick if you were a
Browning: I'd make fun of everyone that had hair. I'd be like
(sarcastically): "Good (performance), but nice hair." I'd last one
show and never be asked back.
The SP: What makes you worry that you might be heading toward a
Browning: When you're going through a magazine and you're the
mid-life guy who is looking at the ads to see if they could actually
replace hair and make it look good. I'm like, "This might be a
mid-life crisis or this might be something that I have to take
seriously." Usually, I just go past the ads, but now I'm actually
starting to read them.
The SP: Given the option, would you rather: a) have a figure
skating move named after you; or b) win the lottery?
Browning: Well, if they named a move after me, it might last
longer. A lottery I'd just spend quickly. So, it's an easy answer --
definitely win the lottery.