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Stars on Ice Chat with Kurt Browning April 20th 8pm et
CanadaSher:Hopefully you've all checked out the info on Kurt at kw: Stars On
Ice... or you can do that right after the chat! ;)
CanadaSher:Any minute now, Kurt Browning will join us LIVE from
rehearsals of Stars On Ice!
CanadaSher: Welcome Kurt! How was your 1st rehearsal for Stars On
Ice? Ready for questions?
SOI Kurt: Here in Halifax.. it's great to be back in Canada!
SOI Kurt: Ready for questions!
CanadaSher: We know this is just day 1 of rehearsal...but any sneak
previews about the show? What *can* you tell us?
SOI Kurt: The big difference this year that I'm very excited about
is having Shae-Lynn and Victor on tour.
CanadaSher: What a line up!
Question: Kurt, what is your best memory either in amateur skating or
SOI Kurt: Since I'm in Halifax, of all the great memories I have I will
choose one from World's 1990. The short program in the rink that I'm in
right now at this minute was one of my amateur highlights. I did a
triple axel at the end of it which probably saved my world title.
Question: Hi Kurt!!! I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your
skating!! You always seem to put a smile on my face. =) I have a
question.. What is your favorite program you did as a professional?? I
love all your programs, but my favorite is "Brickhouse".
SOI Kurt: Brickhouse is one of my favourites too. I really think that it's
one of the most fun to perform but my favourite is "Singing in the Rain"
from my TV special.
CanadaSher: Kurt Browning is with us - Live from Halifax!
SOI Kurt: It's raining here..
CanadaSher: Kurt - I heard you have a BEST OF video coming out -
true? What's on it?
SOI Kurt: It's true. It has been coming out for about a year now,
but we are having trouble getting it finished for many different reasons.
SOI Kurt: But even I don't know what's going to be on it.
CanadaSher: With respect to "Antares", can you tell us about how it
came about that the Tragically Hip composed a song for you... what was
the creative process like?
SOI Kurt: I met the Tragically Hip quite by accident. I am a HUGE fan.
SOI Kurt: Through different times meeting them again and again, I
finally got brave enough to talk about skating to their music. Gordon
Sinclair of The Hip said that they would do whatever I wanted.
SOI Kurt: I got to be a part of the creative process, be in their
studios, and actually work with them. There were supposed to be lyrics
but we ran out of time.
SOI Kurt: Gord Sinclair and Gordon Downie of the group will watch me
perform "Antares" live! In Toronto at our Stars on Ice show.
CanadaSher: Can you elaborate on your motto: "Nothing dumb ever
starts out stupid"... very original... but strange. From your BIO.
SOI Kurt: When you start to do something you wouldn't do it if it was
stupid, would you? It's only after it's done that you know that it was
stupid! So it didn't start out stupid, it just ended stupid.
CanadaSher: True ;) Very good.
CanadaSher: Next question...
Comment: Entertainment Weekly quoted you as saying "backflips are
optional." Should I read anything into this? -- Cara
SOI Kurt: I'm not sure Cara, what you mean.. I don't remember that
CanadaSher: Kurt - how do you balance a professional skating career &
SOI Kurt: On a needle.. ;)
CanadaSher: You have soooo many accomplishments under your belt
already! How does someone with your accomplishments measure success?
SOI Kurt: If you're comfortable with your career and what you have
accomplished like most of the people on Stars on Ice, I think you
measure your accomplishments by how happy you are.
Question: How many days a week do you practice?
SOI Kurt: When on tour, only on show days. It makes it hard to
compete.. for example at the Ultimate four which is coming up.
CanadaSher: A question now from an aspiring skater...
Question: Hi. My name is Annie. I've been skating for 7 years now
and I hope to turn pro in about 4 years. Do you have any good advice
SOI Kurt: Without knowing anything about you, it's impossible to
answer. I hope you get good advice from your coach.
CanadaSher: Good answer!
SOI Kurt: If you join a professional tour, make sure you talk to
people on the tour and find out what the life is like.
Question: Kurt, does it bother you when people yell out during the
middle of Stars On Ice "WE LOVE YOU, KURT!!" I've heard tons of people
do that! =) Is it distracting at all?
SOI Kurt:Yes, it's distracting and -fun- all at the same time! We
love it when people enjoy the show, but if you yell from four rows away
as I skate by going into a triple axel and I miss it, then 15,000 other
people can blame you! ;)
CanadaSher: You hopeless romantic! It seems you're coming up on a 2nd
wedding anniversary and didn't you propose at a Stars on Ice?
SOI Kurt:Yup.. 3 years ago, after the show..
CanadaSher: Did she have any idea?
SOI Kurt: Nope, not a clue!
CanadaSher: In front of 15,000 people!
CanadaSher: Sooo many questions!
Question: How do you think the disappointment of the Olympics helped
you in your professional career?
SOI Kurt: Really and truly? I don't think it helped at all!
CanadaSher: LOL :)
SOI Kurt: I guess I'm a stronger person now but PROFESSIONALLY it'd
be great to have the Olympic title! ;)
CanadaSher: Kurt Browning is with us.
CanadaSher: Do you do yoga at all? It would REALLY be great for your
flexibility and focus.
SOI Kurt:Hi Dogboy! Get a shave and a haircut! HDogboy is our
production manager from Stars on Ice. He's single.
CanadaSher: lol ;) Ladies!
SOI Kurt: No, not for 20 years My mom and I used to watch a Yoga
show. Now I stretch when I put on my skates!
Question: Do you think the music to your "tragically hip" program
will become available on CD? I'd like to buy it.
SOI Kurt:The Tragically Hip have their own web page. Maybe you could
ask, but I don't think so. I would be very honoured if it was.
SOI Kurt: Scratch that.. it'd be the coolest thing that ever happened
CanadaSher: *Muzacgal asks: Kurt I love your skating! How young were
you when you first started to skate?
SOI Kurt:Hockey skates at 7 years old. Figure skates at 11. And now I'm
playing, at 31, no hit hockey again.
SOI Kurt:If you watch carefully in the Stars on Ice show, I wear
hockey skates a little bit as well.
CanadaSher: Kurt Browning joins us LIVE from Stars On Ice rehearsals in
CanadaSher: Do you wear/carry with you - any objects that help you focus on
SOI Kurt: No.. maybe my granini. Private joke to HDogboy..
Who is still single, by the way.
CanadaSher: Any Mantras?
SOI Kurt: 11 o'clock always comes. (Stolen quote from Scott
Hamilton). In fact, all my good quotes come from Scott Hamilton.
Question: What is the typical practice for SOI like?:)
SOI Kurt: Sometimes it's simply a warm-up for the show. Other days,
when everyone's in a great mood, we all start challenging each other.
SOI Kurt: I've done a few quads and the other day Josee Chouinard did
some gorgeous triple axels.
CanadaSher: You said you're playing hockey - so here's a fitting
question...albeit VERY Canadian!
Question: DO you like HOCKEY, if so what team are you cheering for
this year for the Stanley Cup???
CanadaSher: Now we get political.
SOI Kurt: I used to be honorary captain for the Edmonton Oilers and
got to practice with them. Now I cheer for whatever team has an
ex-Oiler on it.
CanadaSher: What's your fave website? Your fan club at kw: Stars On Ice is a
very busy place!
SOI Kurt: Hi Luv107278.. sorry it was boring!
SOI Kurt: I don't have a favourite web site, I don't use the internet too
Question: What do you do on your free time?
CanadaSher: Golf anyone?
SOI Kurt: Cabana77.. yes I've met Tara Lipinski! She's pretty
short. Just kidding.. she's one of the greatest skaters and greatest
kids I've ever met. When I practice with her it's like competition.
SOI Kurt: My free time... Movies, biking, I play on my computer until
it breaks...Oh yeah.. no-hit hockey in the summer!
CanadaSher: Someone wants to know your golf handicap - you play a
SOI Kurt: I golf a -lot-. I have new Accuform clubs. Which I
like. But I am still incredibly happy when I break 90.
CanadaSher: Kurt Browning is here LIVE from Stars On Ice in Halifax.
Question: Is skating the most important thing in your life?
SOI Kurt: When I'm on the ice and especially when I'm performing, it is
very easy to believe that it is the most important thing in my life. Of
course, it isn't. But it does affect my life more than anything else.
CanadaSher: What would you be doing if not skating?
SOI Kurt: I've been skating since I was 10 years old. To answer that
question would be like saying what would you be doing if you weren't
Question: You have grown so much as an entertainer over the last few
years. What/Whom do you attribute it to?
SOI Kurt: It's nice that you think that I've grown as an entertainer, but I
don't really know.
SOI Kurt: Being on Stars on Ice and working with Sandra Bezic,
skating with people like Scott Hamilton, Brian Orser and the cast are
all things that have affected me.
CanadaSher: Skating since you were 10? You're gonna Looove this next
Question: Do you have any tips on how to do a double axel ? I'm just
starting this jump, I'm 11.
CanadaSher: He's 11!
SOI Kurt: You're only 11 and doing a double axel?
SOI Kurt: I didn't know what a double axel -was- when I was 11! But
my advice, a great big controlled open single will make the double easy.
Same advice for all the jumps. Good luck!
CanadaSher: Maybe you can address what you think you've done for
skating - being the 1st to do one... Changed the standards somewhat... I
mean with the quad.
SOI Kurt: Being given credit for the first quadruple jump really
helped my career. But I guess it also gave me a spot in skating history
Question: Hi Kurt, What do you think is special about this year's
show asopposed to past years? From Carol Gilbert, Publisher of Canadian
SOI Kurt: Hi Carol! I think, like I said before, it is always
exciting to have Canada's newest stars in our show. Having Shae and Vic
with us will hopefully be the beginning of a great relationship between
them and Stars.
CanadaSher: The show line-up looks great!
Question: Hi Kurt!!! I wanted to tell you that I enjoy reading your
autobiography! It is very interesting. I am wondering, do you plan on
writing another one?? =)
SOI Kurt: I was just asked to write another on by the same company but
decided not to.
SOI Kurt: Too chicken to write another book.
CanadaSher: What is the theme this year? Is there one?
SOI Kurt: We start the show off the Led Zeppelin medley.It is high
energy and lots of fun! We also end the show with Stairway to
Heaven.. which is also from Led Zeppelin. We don't have a Zeppelin
theme, it just happened that way.
SOI Kurt: My favourite part of the show is a comedy piece where we
make fun of ourselves and of the sport of skating. If you watched the
Olympics at all, you'll think it's funny. We hope!
CanadaSher: People are asking where they can write for autographed photos of
SOI Kurt: Anything that's ever sent to Caroline, Alberta which is my
hometown gets to my mom.. she handles almost all my mail. Bless her
CanadaSher: Such are moms! They can also check out your fan club at
kw: Stars On Ice, right?
SOI Kurt: Yes, of course!
CanadaSher: You must be soo tired! You also have 2 competitions this
week? How do you energize?
SOI Kurt: You tell me! These 2 competitions were supposed to be
earlier in the season. Its too bad for me, because I was at my top form
then. I can honestly say that now I'm not.. with a few injuries, and
SOI Kurt: I will need plenty luck at the Ultimate Four.
SOI Kurt: Maybe ginseng.
Question: In competition, do you think the choice of music might
influence the judges, one way or the other to a small extent?
SOI Kurt: The music absolutely influences the judges, the same way it
influences the audience. They're people too!
Question: Kurt..I love to watch you skate. Where do you get your ideas for
CanadaSher: Yes...what inspires you?
SOI Kurt: By the way, I -have- skated to Les Mis with Michael Burgess
SOI Kurt: I get my ideas from from other skaters, Sandra Bezic,
Michel Seibert, and the radio. In other words, anywhere.
CanadaSher: We're wrapping up now... maybe 1 last question Kurt?
SOI Kurt: Sure!
CanadaSher: What is it that makes SOI & Skate the Nation so important
SOI Kurt: These 2 tours give me the biggest opportunity out of any
other tour to challenge myself as a skater.
SOI Kurt: I'm incredibly proud of the product, and the other skaters!
We -love- skating! And absolutely think we have the best audience!
CanadaSher: And of course ... What are YOUR final words to your fans?
SOI Kurt: Tough question...Talking to so many people at once... But
if you are a big fan of skating, Then I think you will have lots to look
forward to in the future!
SOI Kurt: Skating is changing and growing and I hope that I am a positive
part of that.
CanadaSher: Thanks so much for joining us tonight Kurt - best of luck with
SOI Kurt: Thanks to everyone who has been supporting me and making my
life as a skater so great!
CanadaSher:...and we'll be seeing you - on the ICE ;)
SOI Kurt: See you on the ice!
SOI Kurt: Thank-you!
CanadaSher: Be sure to check out kw: Stars On Ice, everyone. Bye
Kurt! Take Care!
SOI Kurt: Bye everyone!
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