Scott Hamilton, Kurt Browning, Katarina Witt, Paul Wylie
and Kristi Yamaguchi discuss the Stars on Ice Tour
CBS This Morning Nov. 25, 1994
Copyright 1994 Burrelle's Information Services
PAULA ZAHN, co-host:
A dream team of ice skaters is gathered in Lake Placid, New York this
weekend for the Discover Card Stars on Ice tour. Olympic gold medalist
Scott Hamilton is the show's founder and co-producer. He joins us this
morning to bring us this special preview.
Good morning. Happy holiday.
Mr. SCOTT HAMILTON (Co-Producer/Founder, Stars On Ice): Good
morning. Happy Thanksgiving.
ZAHN: Thank you. You try to keep this show fresh every year. What
are you doing this year?
Mr. HAMILTON: It's amazing. It's--this is our ninth tour. Next
year's going to be our big 10th anniversary. We've got a brand-new show
this year. We have all sorts of new things, better lighting, better
sound. All sorts of little gadgets and tricks and I think the best
skating show that there ever was and ever will be. How's that for
ZAHN: And you attract--I think you--you deserve it. Hey, you
attracted some of the world's best skaters to your show. So blow your
own horn. I think it's terrific.
Ms. HAMILTON: It's just amazing. We've got--I don't know how many
gold medalists we have in the show--there's just so many. Ekaterina
Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, Katarina Witt, four-time world champion
Kurt Browning, Kristi Yamaguchi, Paul Wylie. I mean, there's so many
great skaters in this show that--it's all--we're all kind of looking at
each other going, 'All right. This one's working pretty hard. OK, it's
time'--and it just makes everybody that much better. It's been a really
good rehearsal process.
ZAHN: And you have two new members that are joining you in the show
Mr. HAMILTON: Yes. Right here, Kurt Browning.
ZAHN: Introduce us to some of our old friends.
Mr. HAMILTON: Our first--we haven't had a Canadian in a while. This
is Kurt Browning, four-time world champion.
ZAHN: Hi, Kurt.
Mr. KURT BROWNING (Four-Time World Champion): Hi, everybody.
Mr. HAMILTON: Katarina Witt, two-time Olympic gold
medalist--four-time world champion. How many European championships did
Ms. KATARINA WITT (1984/1988 Olympic Champion): Six.
Mr. BROWNING: All of them.
Mr. HAMILTON: This is--all of them. So these--they're the rookies
on the tour. But--how do you like this one, the rookies with like all
sorts of world titles and Olympic gold medals. So it's been a great
addition to the tour and it's been a lot of fun working with them.
ZAHN: So--so, Kurt, how were you lured to the tour?
Mr. BROWNING: It was easy. It wasn't very hard.
ZAHN: You just wanted to hang out with all these great skaters or was
there more to it than that?
Mr. BROWNING: Well--well, like Scott said, it's--it's the one tour
where you really get challenged and skating with everybody, it's
the--the one place where you--your skating stays high. So, you know, 10
years after you win an Olympic medal you can still beat the best skaters
in the world. Right, Scotty?
Mr. HAMILTON: Thanks, Kurt.
ZAHN: And Kat...
Mr. BROWNING: So this is a place were I wanted to be. It's a real
honor to be here.
ZAHN: And, Katarina, I understand through your choice of music and in
your routine you wanted to spread a message. You are skating to music
from "Schindler's List." Why--why did you choose that music?
Ms. WITT: Well, first of all I saw the movie in Germany and I was
just really moved by that movie and I was going home and I was thinking,
'God, I wish I could do something to that,' and then I listened to the
sound track and I just loved it. So I tried to portray a character
ZAHN: Terrific. Now, Scotty, we only have about a minute or two
left. We'd like to meet the rest of the members of the tour.
Mr. HAMILTON: Now we get...
ZAHN: Oh, I loved the way you called them over like that.
Mr. BROWNING: See he whistles and then we just...
ZAHN: Like kids on a playground, 'Get over here.'
Mr. HAMILTON: Paul Wylie...
ZAHN: Hi, Paul.
Mr. HAMILTON: ...Kristi Yamaguchi.
Mr. PAUL WYLIE (Stars On Ice): Hi, Paula.
Ms. KRISTI YAMAGUCHI (Stars On Ice): Hi, Paula.
Mr. HAMILTON: Sergei and Ekaterina sneak in. This is great. I
mean, we--this is wonderful. We're all together again. Just like
ZAHN: So what I want to know, Kristi and Paul, are you going to try
anything new on this tour for us?
Mr. WYLIE: Well, both of us are trying new things. I'm going to
skate to "Schindler's List" like Katarina. And I've got a number to
Leonard Bernstein which is kind of fun.
Ms. YAMAGUCHI: And I am still working on one of my new numbers and
then doing a "Madame Butterfly" piece as well.
ZAHN: Well, we're going to look forward to all of you showing your
stuff in our next couple of segments. Thank you all for being with us
this morning. And we're going to take a short break right at 25 minutes
before the hour.
Still to come, they're great performances on the ice. We'll be
HARRY SMITH, co-host:
It is 23 minutes before the hour. The moment you've been waiting
for. Let's go back to Lake Placid now and our old friend Scott Hamilton.
And we're about to see some great skating. Scotty.
Mr. HAMILTON: Well, how many tours beg to have an Olympic medalist
female figure skater? We've got two. Enjoy Kristi Yamaguchi and
(Kristi Yamaguchi and Katarina Witt perform)
Mr. HAMILTON: Two-time Olympic gold medalists--they're absolutely
unbelievable--Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov.
(Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov perform)
SMITH: Gordeeva and Grinkov. Wow. What a preview. Seventeen before the
hour and a treat--more to come. Kurt Browning, Paul Wylie and Scott Hamilton,
so don't touch that dial.