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Town of Rocky Mountain House
5116 50th Avenue
Box 1509
Rocky Mountain House, AB
T4T 1B2
Ph: (403) 845-2866
Fx: (403) 845-3230
Kurt Browning

Kurt Browning

Canadian and World Figure Skating Champion

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Kurt Browning began figure skating and hockey in his hometown of Caroline at age six and soon progressed showing a love for jumping. He started lessons in Rocky Mountain House at the age of eleven where he enjoyed practicing and performing with the skating group. Kurt recalls being woke up early on dark, cold winter morning and sleeping in the station wagon while his mom or dad drove him to ice dance or figure skating lessons. In 1982, the decision was made to leave his country toots and move to Edmonton to train full time, therefore finishing high school in Edmonton. It proved to be a worthwhile move when Kurt became Novice Canadian Champion in 1983 and Junior Canadian Champion in 1985. He fondly remembers the fun and fellowship in Rocky Mountain House and the support he has received during his long career. He has won World Figure Skating Championship titles in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1993. Kurt landed the first ratified quadruple jump (toe loop) in competition at the 1988 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He has represented Canada at three Winter Olympics, having the honor of carrying the Canadian flag in the opening ceremony in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994.

During his competitive career, he has been admired for his excellence in pressure situation, and the spontaneous, energetic way in which he skates. His natural humour, connection to the music and rapport with the fans has always been a highlight of his routines. He has received many awards and is very proud of; The Lionel Conacher Award- The Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year, The Lou Marsh Award- Canada’s Outstanding Athlete of the Year, and the Order of Canada all being presented in 1990.

By the time he turned professional in 1994, Kurt had developed into one of the best entertainers the sport had ever seen. Figure skating fans will recall his memorable free skate program to Casablanca, when he plated the Humphrey Bogart role of Ricks. Kurt has also starred in many television specials. He recreated Gene Kelly’s; Singing in the Rain for the television program entitled “You Must Remember This”, which won five Gemini Awards including Best Variety Special. His first TV special entitled “Tall in the Saddle” featured outdoor locations in the Caroline and Rocky Mountain House area.

His energy and talent are loved by his fans and embraced by his fellow figure skaters. He has expanded his creativity, performing the title role in “Peter Pan: The Family Musical”. Kurt is also the author of two books and has choreographed figure skating programs. His knowledge, enthusiasm and wit are embraced in his commentary while hosting on television as he continues to promote the sport of figure skating.