Kurt Browning, the ‘Kid From Caroline’ developed his skills at Edmonton’s Royal Glenora Club, going on to revolutionize the sport of figure skating with his unique combination of strong, yet graceful jumps, creativity and charismatic appeal.
Following an impressive 8th place showing at his first of three Olympics in 1988, he entered the record books that same year by becoming the first athlete ever to complete a quadruple jump in World competition, forever changing the face of men’s figure skating. The Canadian and World Senior Men’s Champion in 1989, 1990 and 1991, he became the first Canadian man to win three consecutive World titles. Performing his memorable ‘Casablanca’ routine, he added his fourth Canadian and World crowns in 1993, the most World titles won by a Canadian singles skater.
His unparalleled success and style earned him legions of fans around the world and many honours, including the prestigious Order of Canada in 1989. Joining the professional ranks in 1994, he continues to grace the ice with a presence like no other.
Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler
When this pair were first asked to skate together in 1987, they were a complete contrast in nature, style and size. It did not take long before these contrasts would prove to be their strength, stepping atop the podium in 1989 to receive their first of 5 Canadian Senior Pairs titles.
Throughout their successful eight year amateur career, their unique athletic style of powerful throws and daring lifts, combined with style and grace, thrilled audiences around the world. Earning World silver medals in 1990 and 1991, and World and Olympic bronze in 1992, their quest to reach the top culminated in their spectacular and emotional gold medal winning performance at the 1993 Worlds in Prague.
Although plagued by painful injuries in 1994, they persevered, rounding out their amateur career with Olympic bronze and World silver medals, going on to join the professional ranks.
This builder’s involvement in skating has spanned more than 50 years, from a Northern Ontario novice skating champion in the 1940s, to his role as a visionary and promoter in the world of modern ice shows.
Joining Sonja Henie’s Hollywood Ice Revue in 1949, he moved over to Holiday on Ice in 1951, rising up through the ranks from skater to tour manager and then producer. Developing a skating tour to highlight the many talents of national and international skating stars, his ‘Tour of World Figure Skating Champions’ and ‘Champions on Ice’ provided a new concept in figure skating shows. With an emphasis on quality production and a high-level of skating talent, he launched the careers of hundreds of skating stars and promoted skating to millions of people.
Never forgetting who made these shows the success they were, his role as a benefactor has resulted in ongoing substantial financial contributions to the CFSA Athlete Trust.