Kurt Browning on Good Morning Texas, Jan. 24, 2001
Footage of Stars on Ice shown:
Scott Hamilton (My Way)
Tara Lipinski (Dance With Me)
Kristi Yamaguchi (Let 'er Rip)
Ilia Kulik (Rockit)
Gina (Anchor): The Stars will be shining this weekend at Reunion
Arena and we're not talking about hockey. The Target Stars on Ice tour
takes to the ice Saturday night and what makes this one-night only
performance even more special is that it's part of Olympic Champion
Scott Hamilton's farewell tour. We recently caught up with four-time
World Champion Kurt Browning to get his thoughts about the event and his
Footage of Kurt doing the final double axels in Don't Fence Me In.
Kurt (in skates in rink wearing jeans, a white t-shirt and a fleece
vest): I do a cowboy number in the show this year, very campy, very
flirtatious, Hollywood. This is how I start my uh, my flirtatious
cowboy solo. It starts with this difficult move called the uh, the bum
wiggle. (turns around and presents his back to the camera, and
demonstrates the bum wiggle) Now..that's, that's about it.
More footage of Don't Fence Me In (Kurt roping in the audience member).
Gina (in voice-over): There's no doubt about it. Kurt Browning has a
lot of fun doing what he does best: skate. His showmanship and charisma
has won over skating fans around the world. And oh yeah, he really is a
Kurt: and this is Steven Cousins (pointing to Steven, who skates over
in essentially the same outfit as Kurt, with his hands out in a sort of
cupped, appreciative gesture towards Kurt's butt before skating away).
and we take our job very seriously (laughing at the camera).
Gina (in voice-over): Actually he does. By the time Kurt turned
professional in 1994 (as Kurt does a double axel), he had earned four
World figure skating titles and four Canadian championships (as Kurt
does a Besti squat(?)).
Kurt: I've had a very lucky career. Um...I'm just lucky that I
didn't have to compete against Scott Hamilton.
Gina (in voice-over): All kidding aside, Kurt says this year's tour
won't be the same without Scott. (over footage of one of the group
numbers - closing or opening).
Kurt: He's the only figure skating hero that I really ever kind of
worshipped and honored to be on the same tour with him. And I just
can't believe he's not going to be on the tour anymore.
Gina (in voice-over): This year's Target Stars on Ice tour is
showcasing Scott Hamilton's medal winning career. It's also giving him
a chance to say goodbye to the tour in his own unique way,
backflips included. (footage of Scott in My Way, including back flip)
Kurt: Actually there is a scene in the show where Scott Hamilton gets
picked up by another skater, put over his head, and spun like this
(demonstrates, then cut to footage of Denis and Scott in the Detroiter).
And then almost, almost loses it.
Gina (in voice-over): And talk about losing it. If you ever wondered
whether skaters get dizzy when they do those you know, those incredible
spins (over footage of Kurt doing change-foot sit spin into a scratch
spin (?)) Kurt says the answer is yes. Kurt also knows what it's like
to attempt the toughest jump in skating, the quad. He's the first
skater ever to land it in competition, winning him a spot in the
Guinness Book of World Records. (over footage of Kurt's footwork -
closeup on his feet)
Kurt: The quad has become a staple in competition. Uh, a necessity
for sure, but this is 12 years ago that I landed it. Hai..Hai...(with a
mock panicky/shocked look on his face) did I just say that? Did I just
give away my age? (big grin and laugh)
Gina (faintly in background): time to lie
Kurt: (holding his back, with an "old man" grimace on his face, and
in an old man voice) No really, come to the show, we're not that old.
(laughs, in his regular voice) Ok, Scott is.
Gina (in voice-over): And for those of you who will see Stars on Ice
this weekend and wonder why Kurt is wearing the number 47 on his cowboy
number costume... (over footage of the double axels in Don't Fence Me In
Kurt: Everyone asks what the 47 is. Well, that's what it is,
my dad's brand, for the cattle.
Gina (in voice-over): So now you know. (Kurt slides on his side across
the ice in front of the camera)
Kurt: Come to the show! Fun! (gets up)
Gina (in studio, laughing): He is too funny. By the way, there are
still tickets left for Saturday's performance at the Reunion Arena. A
portion of the proceeds from the Target Stars on Ice tour will benefit
Target House. This facility houses families of patients undergoing
care at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis,