Kurt Browning, the four-time World Champion and four-time Canadian national champion, the skater who represented Canada in three Winter Olympics and landed the first ratified quadruple jump (a toe loop) in competition at the 1988 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, is back into copetitive mode!
Turned professional in 1994, Browning didn't never really stopped competing, having a long rivalry with Brian Boitano and narrowly defeating him at the 2006 Ice Wars competition.
"My professional career has not had any competitive events in quite a few years, but that will change with a unique competition in Japan called the Medal Winners Open," he said.
This will be a great event for all Kurt's fan, because he will be performing Singing in The Rain againg after 17 years!
"It was only performed once in a CBC-TV special almost two decades ago," Browning said. "This version will be much different than what you can see on YouTube because of the rules."
"I went seven weeks in early summer without being on the ice, but I have been skating since Aug 5 at the Granite Club in Toronto and taking regular lessons with Doug Haw. Doug was able to get Brian Orser to land a triple axel at the age of 40 and that little bit of magic was enough for me," he added.
"The event is being run under the ISU which means I will be judged for the first time under the new system. It is not totally the same system they use at Worlds, not even close, but just a taste of the demands on the skaters at that level has been an eye opener for me."
The list of Kurt competitors is simply exciting! Jeffrey Buttle, Alexei Yagudin, Philippe Candelero, Ilia Kulik, Takeshi Honda.
And neither the ladies field can pass unnoticed: Irina Slutskaya, Joannie Rochette, Laura Lepisto, Sarah Meier, Shizuka Arakawa, Kimmie Meissner!
Medal Winners Open, Oct. 5, 2012, is an ISU-sanctioned pro-am figure skating competition. There will be a men's event and a ladies' event, with 6 competitors each. Competitors will be men's and ladies' medalists of past major international competitions. The competition involves free skating only, with an emphasis on artistic merit. Jumps will be de-emphasized in the scoring. Vocal music, theatrical lighting, and carried props are all allowed.
Tickets are on sale now. See Medal Winners Open 2012 for more ticket information in Japan.
Overseas fans who want to buy tickets should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Name and country
- Event name, date, and number of tickets
- Contact (telephone number)