2006 World Hall of Fame
The amateur and professional accomplishments for this charismatic Canadian skater seem to favor the numbers three and four. Major highlights of his skating career include 4-time Canadian champion, 4-time World champion, 3-time Olympic team member and 3-time World Professional champion.
Born on June18, 1966, Kurt Browning’s most notable amateur skating accomplishment was the distinction he earned for being the first man to land a quadruple jump at an international competition. On March 25, 1988, Browning landed a quadruple toe loop at the 1988 World Championships. In addition to jumping records, Browning’s trademark is also his incredibly fast footwork and interpretive skating, such as his memorable Casablanca routine performed at the World Championships in 1993.
Browning also holds the distinction of being the first Canadian male singles skater to win three consecutive World titles (1989 – 1991).
Browning’s notable charitable work includes being the creator and sponsor of the Kurt Browning Junior Skating Awards. Browning was also Honorary Campaign Chair of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada and co-hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
He is the author of Forcing the Edge with Neil Stevens and his newest book A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet.
Browning was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2000.