Kurt Browning Mornings on 2 Interview Transcript
KTVU 2 San Francisco, Jan. 10, 2002, 7AM-9AM
Interviewer: Mark Pitta
Kurt Browning appeared on Mornings on 2, a Bay Area Fox morning
talk show, on Jan. 10, 2002. They actually did quite a bit with him -
kept coming back to him at several times during the first hour, and
talked to him for several minutes each time. Lucinda was also there.
Apparently the interview was done at the Yerba Buena Ice Rink up in
San Francisco (I've skated there once) this morning (Jan. 10). The
interviewer seems to have been a standup comic who does entertainment
reviews and reports for the show - Mark Pitta. It was a cute series
of interviews - lots of fun! Kurt was wearing a blue Stars on Ice
2001 sweatshirt and those black Stars gloves, as well as a black Stars
jacket (before he got on the ice). Lucinda was wearing a black and
white horizontally striped top and black pants. BTW - my own side
note - they had Kurt improv to some songs, and as usual, his timing to
the music was impeccable..it was quite cool. of course, he'd probably
heard the songs before since they were very well known.
Mark Pitta: Good morning, Ross. Today, four time
world-championship ice skater Kurt Browning, and Benjamin Bratt. All
that, coming up next, on Mornings on 2.
[break for more news]
[some talk about Mark Pitta remembering getting stuck inside a
concept car at the San Jose Auto show the day before...was kind of
[Mark talking to camera...Kurt sitting on a bench behind him
looking at the ice]
Mark: Well, glad I'm out, and warming up here at the rink at
the Yerba Buena Ice Center. Kurt Browning, four time world champion
figure skater. Kurt, hey thanks for being with us. [walks back
towards Kurt and shakes his hand]. You're lacing up. You know, a lot
of, you're such a great skater, people don't know what you do before
you skate. [Kurt putting on his skate, laughs] And you were doing
this. He was doing this, he was like stomping. Why were you
stomping? [as he stomps on the ground].
Kurt: It's a secret, don't tell everybody. If everyone
knows...you stomp your feet, get the blood going, gets the energy out.
[does a quick shhh motion at the camera with wide eyes]
Mark: Oh ok. So when you're here at the ice rink, and
you're looking at people...
Kurt: I am!
Mark: ..um your competition. Do you ever do that pro, uh,
athlete, boxing thing, where you just, you know, stare 'em down
[staring intently at Kurt and leaning towards him]...
Kurt: ha, ha...in figure skating?
Kurt: it's more like we look at each other and go "you're
wearing that?" [eyeing Mark's clothes sidelong] "you're going down!"
Kurt: no, I don't know. Uhh..figure skating, it's not very
combative. But uh, you can psych yourself out more than you can your
Mark: Well this is the man who claims he can improvise to
any song. We're going to put you to the test...
Kurt: [looking earnestly at the camera] *they* said that.
Mark: yes, and we picked some good songs for you...
Kurt: but we're going to try it.
Mark: we're going to do like...he's lacing up, so he'll be
out there when we come back...to Mornings on 2....[pointing out to the
ice] *they're* out there.
Kurt: we're going to improv...ahhh!
[music to "Dream On" over graphic of Golden Gate Bridge...were they
trying to say something? =)]
[commercial and news breaks]
[cut back to rink. Mark is standing on the ice with Lucinda and Kurt]
Mark: Well, I've got World Championship figure skaters here.
We met Kurt Browning here earlier...this is Lucinda Ruh. Lucinda,
thanks for being with us.
Lucinda: Thank you.
Mark: Lucinda, and Kurt will attest to this...best spinner
in the world?
Kurt: Best spinner in the world. Right here! [pointing with
both hands to Lucinda and grinning enthusiastically at the camera]
Lucinda: And the best person in the world, that's for
sure. [pointing at Kurt over her shoulder, and then turning and
smiling/laughing at him]
[Kurt looks slightly abashed...does a kind of awww thing and then that
thing where he indicates a dimple by pointing his index finger into his
cheek and twisting his hand while smiling...ok that was a bad
Mark: 270 spins per minute..is that correct?
Mark: Who counted?
Lucinda: uhh...it was actually just a team of us. a group
of people got together and taped it.
Mark: Ok. You're going to do it for us now, though...
Lucinda: All right, I'll try..
Mark: You're never going to see this (??). This is
so..they're getting ready for the Target Stars on Ice show this
Friday. Lucinda, do your thing...
Lucinda: Not as good as Kurt! [Kurt kind of laughs
skeptically (oh-ho!) as Lucinda skates past him and around]
Mark: And uh..get...over here Lucinda!
Kurt: Over here!
Mark: Oh there you go...
Kurt: When you're, uh, when you're talking about...you know,
engine speed? (Mark: yeah) And you're talking about revs per minute?
(Mark: uh huh...) um, there's this certain spin she does that you
know, you can't...she just becomes a blur. (Mark: wow...! )But
Lucinda is not only a great spinner, she's an artist with her work.
It's like she's crafting something. She shapes her body into
positions and shapes that other skaters just can't do.
Mark: I like the fact that she's wearing stripes.
Kurt: [half-laughing] And she's wearing stripes.
Mark: Yeah, that looks good...
Kurt: And the girl can wear horizontal stripes and make it
Mark: Look at that! She's gone! Oh my God [laughing in
amazement as Lucinda finishes her spin]!
Kurt: And so, if we take the camera over there, you'll
notice that she doesn't move at all. Like, the whole spin happens
within the size of a pie plate...and it's just absolutely
Mark: And she stops on a dime! [as Lucinda skates over to
them and stops]
Kurt: And she s...[laughs]...and she doesn't fall over
Mark: Now let's see how winded you are...
Lucinda: [breathing hard and giggling a little] I'm sorry?
Mark: Are you dizzy? [pause while Lucinda looks a little
blank] You can't understand me, can you? You're a little dizzy.
Lucinda: [laughing and shaking her head a bit pretending to
be dazed] A little bit...but..
Mark: I'll tell you about my car experience
yesterday..that's uh...[Lucinda laughs] Well thank you for doing that!
(Lucinda: yeah) That's just one of the things you'll see at the show
this Friday. Kurt...
Kurt: Friday at 8 o'clock at the Arena
Mark: And Kurt, we're going to put you to the test a little
later in the show.
Kurt: I won't be spinning [shaking his head]
Mark: OK. [turning to the camera] Ross, I can just do like,
8 or 7 donuts in the parking lot. That's all I've got. [Kurt and
Ross: Yeah, I know, I know, we've seen you at work before.
That is amazing and that she just kind of..skates over to you there.
Mark: Yeah that's right
Ross: All right, Thank you Mark.
[more news and commercials]
Host in studio: Back to the Yerba Buena Ice Rink, and Mark
Pitta is with one of the best skaters on the *planet*.
Mark: You know, Frank, uh, Kurt Browning, who I'm standing
next to...[Kurt kind of does a clicking noise and waves at the
camera]...uh, Kurt, you wanted to be a hockey player when you were
Mark: but then something happened..you didn't grow.
Kurt: [laughs] I forgot to grow a couple summers, and that
was the end of hockey! I don't know...in Canada it's kind of a
prerequisite. You play hockey, or you know, you get beat up or
something. [Mark laughs] uh...but figure skating was my calling. It's
a...it's a way to do what you want to do, and yet make people happy at
the same time. It's a .. it's an entertaining sport.
Mark: you like to...excuse me, but you like to watch hockey.
Kurt: oh I love it! yeah, I'm a big hockey fan..but uh...ok,
just look at me, I would never have made it as a hockey player [Mark
laughs again]. Uhh..and figure skating just gives you this chance to
please people and yourself at the same time, it's really good for me.
Mark: Do you appreciate the skaters in a hockey game now?
Kurt: Yeah, well you and I were chatting about it. I went to
a Toronto Maple Leafs game and I ended up watching the referee all
night because he was this fantastic skater...he could spin, he could
you know, do all these cool things...and uh, I think that people live
vicariously a little bit through an ice skater when they watch
them. Uh...you know, we build up speed and we look like we could
fly...and we have a lot of fun!
Mark: When we come back, we're going to put Kurt to the
test. 'Cause we picked some songs he's not used to, but he says he
could improvise on them..
Kurt: I don't even know what they are yet!
Mark: Oh yeah, no you don't. That's what's going to happen
when we come back, to Mornings on 2. Go practice! Go practice!
Kurt: All right, I gotta go warm up! [Kurt starts staggering
stiffly down the ice, waving his arms like he doesn't quite know where
he's going or how to get there]
[The song "You're as cold as ice" plays]
Mark: Welcome back to Mornings on 2, the time is 7:54, and
I'm with Kurt Browning here for the Target Stars on Ice show...
Kurt: Target Stars on Ice! (as he puffs and swings his arms
to warm up)
Mark: We'll tell you wh..we're going to see it in a minute,
we'll tell you where it is in a minute...Kurt, you are doing this
show, you've done a lot of them...
Kurt: Yup, this is my 7th year with Target Stars on Ice
Mark: Big arenas...
Mark: How do you play, how do you be intimate with the
people in the back row. The people in the front row can see
everything, but how about the back row?
Kurt: You..I think you have to trust. I mean, you know, when
you have an audience that's like 18,000...sometimes we have 18,000
people, and uh you..just, you try...you go for these guys [indicating
in front of him] and if your emotions are big enough and the
skating..but that's what skating does, it's not all necessarily about
the face...on TV it is [grinning and waving towards the camera]...but
uh, but in the real, it's about the emotion, and the body, and what
the body can do on the ice, and the jumps and the spins and the
choreography and all that good stuff.
Mark: Who do you have in this show coming up?
Kurt: We've got Kristi Yamaguchi...a Bay native...(Mark: ah
yes) and uh, Ilia Kulik, the reigning Olympic champion for a couple
more weeks...and Steven Cousins, all the girls want him, I don't know
Mark: He's the younger guy..with all the...emotion
Kurt: yeah...Katarina Witt, who's the Playboy bunny and all
that good stuff..
Mark: yeah, she's for the guys
Kurt: Tara Lipinski, reigning Olympic champion..uh..it's
called Stars on Ice for a good reason...so, uh, Target put together a
Mark: It's an excellent show...uh, but, we understand that
you can improvise to songs [Kurt looks a bit wary]. You do a lot of
pop dancing to pop songs..
Mark: You do, and you do a Casablanca thing..but we..
Mark: [over footage of Kurt skating to Guitar, and then some
from Lady Marmalade] we've picked some music for you, that you're
going to improvise to.
Kurt: And if I look nervous, it's because I am. You know,
when you come to the show on Friday, which I hope you do, uh...I'm
going to know what I'm doing that night but now, I'm nervous...so what
are you going to give me?
Mark: People at home right now are watching you as you
normally do..we're going to give that to them. Now we're going to see
you with our music... we picked three songs, we'll talk to you in
between. You can do whatever you want. [Kurt laughs] Whatever you
want. Go out there..and..
Kurt: [to the camera] as you're out there eating your
Cheerios, please be patient, because I don't know what's going to
Mark: go..here it is..so go out there ..uh oh..
Kurt: oh! oh, what is that! [as he starts skating backwards,
bopping a bit to the music]
Mark: That's Pink! I know that's a little hip hop thing
we've got going there....let's see how Kurt does. [laughs at some of
[Kurt skating skates around with a little arm flapping, spinning,
more arm movements than footwork...goes into a spin]
Mark: it is playing in the background...[Lucinda starts
skating out towards where Kurt's about to go into a spin - looks like
they'll collide if Kurt doesn't realize it] uh oh! it looks like
Lucinda has tagged Kurt!
Kurt: [sees Lucinda and stops, skating away] oh there's a
sub in! That's Lucinda, she does all my spinning. When it's your
seventh year of Stars on Ice, Lucinda does it....
Mark: [over the last part of Kurt] Hey that's cheating! OK
we started easy [Kurt laughs]..we started easy 'cause it was a hip hop
thing. OK, here's the next one.
Kurt: OK, wait a second, what was that..that was hip hop...
Mark: yeah that was Pink, hip hop...the next one is a little
Kurt: [at the same time] so we're going to move on to the
next one? [starts skating away]
Mark: We're going to go to the 50's now with this one [Elvis
Presley's Blue Suede Shoes comes on]...here we go!
[Kurt starts skating with a lot of frantic fast footwork]
Mark: A little Elvis Presley for you...hey! there's good...
Mark: very nice! oh! [as Kurt ends with a split] Elvis never
did that! Hey, you're making me walk out there...
Kurt: [still in his split, looking around, holding his hand
out] Hey..uh, hey, can you help me?
Mark: I don't have skates on! [Kurt gets up and comes over]
I have wankles (??). All right, the last one has to do with...
Kurt: That was fast feet.
Mark: with a person you probably know. I'm going to give
you a second to get your breath. (Kurt: All right) You know this
person by name, and by skating. And it's a song about him...take it
[music starts, Kurt starts skating backwards, looking a bit confused]
Mark: Yes, ladies and gentlemen...it's the South Park Brian
[Kurt still skating a little tentatively, then as the lyrics "What
would Brian Boitano do" come on, Kurt turns towards the camera, raises
his arms and goes ah! with a clearly delighted look on his face,
Mark: [laughs] you're welcome!
[Kurt then breaks into Brian Boitano-like skating, doing big
crossovers, with his arms held out very straight and high, turns, does
a Boitano like setup to the lutz with his head high and his arms
slanted into the air, one back and one front...turns and pretends to
do a jump but actually spins three times across the ice with his arms
pulled in, and then does a jump landing position with his mouth open
delightedly, and then does some more exaggerated, half-real skating
moves that Boitano does, before going into his own little slide onto
his face and up again on the ice]
Kurt: [skating over with his arms upraised triumphantly and
delightedly] What would Brian Boitano do!! Fantastic! [clapping]
Mark: [chuckling] All right...you won't see that at the show.
Kurt: That was my Brian Boitano impersonation (holding his
arms out)... one of my heroes. [smiling and laughing]
Mark: well, if you want to see Target Stars on Ice, it is
this Friday at the Arena in Oakland, number to call 510...keep it
playing, I love that! 762-2277. Then, at the Compaq Center in San
Jose, Sunday at 4, and that's 408-998-TIXS.
Kurt: starsonice.com, ticketmaster.com
Mark: That was the best one! Keep going! Dance to that some
more, I love that! We'll have more Mornings on 2 after this... What
*would* Brian Boitano do?
[Kurt skates off doing some turns, and then just running across the
ice, laughing the whole time, clearly getting a kick out of it]