Kurt Browning is a National Treasure

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  1. JasperBoy

    JasperBoy Well-Known Member

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    Discuss.

    This came to me when I was watching Javi's exhibition skate. It had Kurt written all over it. When you think of all he has done for skating, and particularly for Canadian Men's skating, he is truly a treasure. Of course he would just get a goofy look on his face and mime "Who, Me?"

    Why do you think Kurt is a National Treasure?
     
  2. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

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    I'm not Canadian. I think that Kurt is an international treasure.:)
     
  3. Cheylana

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    Also not Canadian, but I vote for National Treasure anyway.
    The ability to reach audiences all the way up to the rafters is a true gift.
    Classy and entertaining skater and human being. :)
     
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  4. professordeb

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    A national treasure just because he can be so goofy. I have always enjoyed his skating. He's "first rate" as Uncle Dick would say :D
     
  5. snoopysnake

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    A strong amateur, but a brilliant pro. Hopefully he'll keep sharing his gift via choreography.
     
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    Absolutely agree
     
  7. Really

    Really No longer just a "well-known member" Yay!

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    He's the only skater I've ever come close to 'ubering' -- I've always enjoyed his skating. His abilities on the blade are a gift to skating, and it looks like he will continue to give through his choreography once he's done skating..yay!
     
  8. overedge

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    He has done a LOT of work to support the sport, beyond what he does as a skater and a choreographer.
     
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  9. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ THIS is what I call a national treasure! Giving back in in kind and time besides being a great skater.:respec:
     
  10. aftershocks

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    Based on the features I've seen with his family, Kurt Browning is also an excellent husband and father, and a very fine human being with an easygoing and fun sense of humor.

    When I met Kurt in 1998 after a show I told him how much I loved his Casablanca program and that he was the best and he should have been the one to win '94 Olympics. Kurt kindly thanked me, and then he chuckled self-deprecatingly: "Yeah, that might have been true had I actually skated well."
     
  11. JasperBoy

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    After I started this thread I realized that I should have said "Canadian National Treasure". But after reading the posts I have to agree, he is an international treasure.
    I believe he helped Denis Ten with his "Singing in the Rain" exhibition. He has also made suggestions about how Yuzuru Hanyu could improve his performances. The man is a true mentor who just gives and gives to any skater who wants help.
     
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    At '12 GPF in Quebec City, I was waiting in line for the washroom (I wouldn't have to wait in line if I used the outdoor washroom, but I digress), which was near a room reserved for the skaters and other VIPs. Kurt was entering that room and the security guard asked for his ID. While, fishing out his ID, he was doing a little tap dance for the security guard. Even taking out his ID, he oozes charm and joy.
     
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    Just want to add that Kurt has said how much he always admired Christopher Bowman's talent, and how he thought he'd never be able to beat Christopher. I think that in itself speaks to Kurt's sportsmanship, his love of figure skating, as well as his ability to apply himself and to grow as a skater and a person. Aside from being unable to overcome the Olympics pressure, as a 4-time Canadian champion and a 4-time World champion, Kurt was remarkable for being able to put out his best when it mattered. As a professional, he blossomed and he gave audiences so many memorable moments. There was another thread here awhile back where I posted a number of unforgettable Kurt performances. Singin' in the Rain and Brick House are two of my favorites. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RtL68KBBhY Brick House

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXtd7xq7URM Kurt's original Singin' in the Rain

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF0BvRzUhOU 1989 worlds exhibition

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkBimbXWBSQ&playnext=1&list=PL876D8660FBD6BD6F&feature=results_main a Kurt playlist
     
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  14. Habs

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    I've been a Kurt uber since I was 10 years old. Adore him. There's no other skater like him and I don't think there ever will be one like him again.

    In my previous career as a journalist, I had the opportunity to interview him twice - once over the phone and once in person. He's a complete delight - warm, funny, friendly and a true gentleman.
     
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    Kurt Browning is THE reason I am a skating fan today. I fell in love with his Casablanca program.
     
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    No, he did not. :)

    Kurt is an amazing person to be around, hilarious interviewee. I admire his longevity in this sport. And if I ever wish something to skaters I really like it is to be like Kurt, in many senses, including this long and fruitful life in skating after retirement from sport.
     
  17. Aussie Willy

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    I have never heard a bad word said about him on this forum. From here and other times it has been brought up he apparently is one of the nicest people you could meet in the sport.

    I did get to meet him when I went to Worlds at 98 (he signed my Worlds program). Lovely guy and so accommodating to the fans. He said he missed my accent because Cameron Medhurst was one of this best mates. I want our association to bring him out to Australia to do sessions with the skaters. He would be amazing.
     
  18. spikydurian

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    Let me know. I will fly down to Melbourne and be a volunteer to your association for the day. I can serve tea and coffee to the session or be the door woman.:cheer:
     
  19. kwanette

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    In London, my friends and I were having lunch when Kurt joined a group of people at a nearby table.A short time later, he made his way through the restaurant and stopped at every table to chat and take pictures. He was so gracious and genuine. In conversation, I mentioned Viktor and Chris Bowman..His response re Chris Bowman.."The most natural talent that I have ever seen."
     
  20. paskatefan

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    I have nothing new to add, but, IMHO, Kurt is a national/international treasure for all the reasons everyone has mentioned so far. :cheer: :encore:
     
  21. jamcan

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    loved Kurt's skating....supreme talent. Dislike immensely Kurt's commentating! It's NOT all about YOU Kurt. You had your time. Everything he says seems to reference himself.:rolleyes:
     
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    Sylvia Bring on the JGP & Sr B comps!

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    Thanks, kwanette!
    Adding to the praise and love for Kurt, here.
     
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    I can also attest to positive restaurant meetings with him. I have seen him several times in restaurants and he always smiles and says hello. Chatted with him at breakfast during the SOI Canada tour stop a few years ago. I am always amazed at how tiny and smiley he is in person.
     
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    I've had many occasions to interact with Kurt and to watch him interact with other fans, and he's a total sweetheart. Considerate, friendly, and with a great sense of self-deprecating humor. On the ice, his versatility and the fact that he continues to push himself in new creative directions, never resting on his laurels, and try new things I think sets a great example for other skaters, and provides fans with tons of wonderful skating to watch.

    Also, I should point out that today is the 25th anniversary of him landing the first quad in competition, at Worlds in Budapest on March 25, 1988. Hard to believe it's been 25 years!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxpCu8wRv14
     
  26. JasperBoy

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    I travelled with DASH tours to London. Kurt was the featured speaker at our opening meet n greet. We watched a video of Kurt's quad at Budapest, to celebrate the 25th anniversary. He admitted that he wasn't sure if it would be ratified because of the turnout afterwards. He spoke about the rivalry with Viktor Petrenko, who still has a lot of hair!

    Kurt also brought some medals that he had won. 4 golds at least. I can't remember the other skater's name, but apparently some of Kurt's medals were originally given to that skater, and they had switched just for laughs.

    Kurt stayed for a long time signing jackets, autographs, having photos taken. The crowd to see him and the medals was enormous. As always, Kurt was funny, kind, and patient. Like the rest of us, he couldn't believe it had been 25 years.
     
  27. Jenny

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    Agree 100% - great athlete, great entertainer, great ambassador for the sport.

    Also thought this would be a good place to throw in a word for his wife, Sonia Rodriguez. If you ever get the chance to see one of her exquisite performances with the National Ballet, go! What Kurt can do on blades, she can do en pointe.
     
  28. reut

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    Really nice message from Kurt on his official FB:

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10152696854515483&id=217099960482
     
  29. paskatefan

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    What a beautiful message from a great guy! :cheer:
     
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    KB is a class act.
    Back in the day, I thought the 92 olys would be so interesting and I was looking forward to the battle of the B's. Browning vs Bowman. Sadly it never happened, but if it had, we'd still be talking about it. :)
     
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