Kurt Browning, Figure Skating

Kurt Browning captivated the figure skating world when he finished sixth at the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships in Hungary with a routine that included a quadruple toe loop, the first time a quadruple jump had been landed in competition. A year later he won his first World Championship and it seemed life couldn’t get better. But in 1990, Alberta’s Browning revealed his mettle and true champion quality. Injuries and distractions that abound with being a world champion had hampered the 23-year-old’s results earlier in the season and there was enormous pressure on him as the 1990 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Halifax. Browning proved ready for the challenge, thrilling the home country crowd with a long program that included seven triple jumps, but no quad, to surpass Viktor Petrenko of the Soviet Union. The win made Browning the first male skater in 16 years to repeat as world champion.

Good things come in “threes” and in 1991 Kurt Browning secured his third consecutive world title by winning the 1991 World Figure Skating Championship in Munich, with a long program that included three triples in combination. The feat confirmed Browning as one of the best ever in the sport with his complete package of outstanding jumps, intricate footwork, artistry and showmanship.

Wendy Long

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