Kurt Browning is a National Treasure

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by JasperBoy, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Garden Kitty

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    Kurt is a treasure for all skating fans. He was always a classy competitor who helped advance the sport, but he continued to grow as an artist as a pro. He never gave less than 100% or took an audience for granted. He's tried to help younger skaters, is incredibly gracious to fans and truly loves the sport. "Legend" is a term that is often thrown around too easily, but he is a legend of the sport.
     
  2. aftershocks

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    Ah yes, that would have been something indeed. In any case, I'm happy for Paul Wylie being able to step up to the plate at the 1992 Olympics and achieve a personal victory that changed his life and in turn gave so much to the fans and to the sport.

    Also, I think the fact that Kurt was so inspired by Christopher Bowman, is a testament to the amazing talent of both Christopher and Kurt. RIP, Christopher!

    I too echo that Kurt's FB message to fans is very gracious and sweet. He's the kind of person and skater who exemplifies Dick Button's iconic observation, because in fact, Kurt is a skating legend who has "made the sport better by his presence in it."

    Furthermore, IMO, if receiving an Olympic gold medal is equivalent to going above and beyond in contributing magical memories, excellence and devoted service, as well as good humor and genuine kindness to the sport and to the fans, then Kurt Browning definitely has an Olympic gold medal and he wears it proudly each and every day. Thank you, Kurt! :)


    There are others who missed out on being awarded the actual OGM, but who like Kurt actually hold one in the spirit of their invaluable contributions, wonderful performances and outstanding humanity ... among them: Todd Eldredge, so I commend and thank Todd too. Hope no one minds in this Kurt thread my also giving a shout out to Todd!
     
  3. Japanfan

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    Exactly my sentiments. And when he is commentating with Tracy, he over-talks her.
     
  4. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

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    Amen to everything you've said about Kurt, and go right ahead with a shout out to Todd, too! :cheer:
     
  5. bbkenn

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    I have loved Kurt's skating for a long time. He is a rock star in my book with footwork to die for.
     
  6. AragornElessar

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    To those who are snarking on his commentary, I get he's got his haters when it comes to that, but considering the man's had zero training in on air commentary I actually think he's not doing *that* badly. Everyone thinks it's ohhhh sooo easy until they try it and surprise!! What's really easy to do at home? Not so much when you've got a camera on you and you're live to thousands out there judging your every word.

    Anyway...I could share my own experiences w/Kurt, the first ones actually helping me during a *very* rough period of my life and giving me a huge boost of confidence in myself, but there's not enough room and you'd all be here for awhile too. Instead, I'm going to repost a part of my post about this past December's Celebration On Ice stop in Sudbury....

    As I said...No surprise to me at all. :)
     
  7. Scrufflet

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    I think it is important to recognize that Kurt has really learned and improved when it comes to his commentary. I think he is more forthcoming than most in terms of saying what he thinks and I always welcome his responses. Even Mother Teresa would manage to attract a few snarkers on this site!
    I'm with all the rest of you here. I adore Kurt! He is my most favourite skater of all time, anywhere, anyhow, no exceptions for so so many reasons, many of which have been articulated here. Add to all of that, he really does have the ability to make me feel 14 yrs. old again! :D
     
  8. The Accordion

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    I like Kurt's commentary. Sometimes he says things that I don't agree with - such as men shouldn't do a Bielman spin - but I love that he has an educated opinion but isn't afraid to defer to Tracy Wilson when he knows she is more knowledgeable. I love how invested he gets and the little insights he passes on, And personally I don't mind that he relates what is going on out there to his own experience. I think it helps shed light on a skater's life and trials.

    As far as Kurt being a treasure - well I couldn't agree more. But I think it is only fair for Canadians to admit that he is definitely an international treasure.

    I love how he pushed himself to accomplish so much as a competitive skater - but that he pushed himself even more as a pro. I love his mind blowing versatility as a performer.

    And I love that despite that he gained so much fame for being the first to do the quad - that his programs are the very very best examples that fantastic skating is so much more. If he does a program without jumps or with very few jumps - you never find yourself saying "Do something"!. Instead your jaw is hanging open at the beauty of what he is doing on the ice - or the athleticism or the rhythm.

    And I also admire so much of his work as a choreographer/ creator. I fell madly madly in love with the light number the men did for Stars on Ice last year. It was so so much better live than on TV. A mesmerizing piece of art that made me so grateful I had decided to see the show live!

    Hurrah for Kurt!
     
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  9. flowerpower

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    Kurt has improved his commentary a lot from when he first started. I enjoy hearing his thoughts on the singles programs in particular (why a jump did not work, for instance, and his comments on the psychological aspects of competition). He's been an inspiration for so many skaters, from little kids to world champions, and he's still a joy to watch. I remember him once talking about a conversation he'd had with Brian Boitano, about how fortunate they were to be a part of this sport. And wasn't it his dad who told him that everyone's job is hard, but not everyone gets applause at the end of their day's work ;) ...so always be glad for what you have. Kurt really seems to appreciate everything the sport has brought him, and he continues to give back in so many ways.
     
  10. shine

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    Do you know if I can read about this somewhere? Thanks.
     
  11. overedge

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    I don't think he's had zero training. I would be very surprised if CBC would throw someone into a high-profile gig like that without giving them some preparation. And comparing him to someone sitting on their couch....well, he's not sitting on a couch at home, so it's not unreasonable to expect a higher standard of performance from him vs. the couch-sitter.

    I think he's struggling to find a balance between being his regular casual self and being an authoritative voice, and that's a really difficult balance, even for very experienced commentators. I don't think he always succeeds, but I appreciate what he's trying to do. And I would sooner listen to him than certain other male commentators' shrieking and grunting, or rhapsodizing about the quad and Elvis.
     
  12. Jenny

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    Indeed. I would much rather listen to someone who actually knows how to skate and has experience competing and choreographing than some talking head reading from notes someone else prepared for them. I don't mind if he stumbles a bit; the value he adds is far greater than any Rod Black or Brenda whatshername contributes. And I do think Kurt has come a long way.
     
  13. aftershocks

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    Well, personally I enjoy Kurt's commentary (that which I've heard) much more than I ever have Tracy Wilson's ... (not to mention Sandra Bezic's and Scott Hamilton's). :p
     
  14. jamcan

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    I too enjoy a skater who has knowledge however, please talk about the skaters not yourself....that's all I'm saying. Gets old fast just like him lol :lol:
     
  15. jamcan

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    I'd trade Scott for Kurt any day and every day :swoon: