New blog from my friend (& My Pal Kurt Browning's wife) Sonia Rodriguez @SoniaNBOC of the The National
Ballet of Canada #Ballet http://ballerinatothepoint.com/
Great New York Times article about my buddies Kurt Browning Sonia Rodriguez Jirina Ribbens
and the Ice Theatre of New York. Nobody understands how much I wish I could've joined them to support them as they
have always supported me... You are all family. <3 John Here's an article from NY Times! Sorry I missed it:
NY TImes: Seeking Inspiration, to Be Served Well Chilled http://nyti.ms/16HiIxq
Happy New Year: Holiday Festival fills in for Stars on Ice - LakePlacidNews.com | News and information on the Lake Placid
and Essex County region of New York - Lake Placid News http://shar.es/9rOzO via @sharethis ---Weird no Stars on Ice this time of year!
ON THE SCENE: Exhibit worthy
of a gold medal - LakePlacidNews.com | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex County region of New York - Lake
Placid News http://shar.es/9tmH0 via @sharethis
Good Holiday Offer for fans of figure skating, Kurt Browning, and/or Stars On Ice! Find how you can order these classic
DVDs & Don't forget to find out how you can see the 2013 tour LIVE at http://starsonice.com
In honor of the 24th anniversaryof the day I met @KurtBrowning at the World Championships in Budapestu , Hungary March
2 6, 1988! A day that changed my life :)Kurt Browning Website: New URL! New Design!
Champions head to town for Stars on Ice News Channel 5 Cleveland Tue, 22 Mar 2011
14:08 PM PDT World champion figure skater and Stars on Ice headliner KurtBrowning stopped by NewsChannel5 at noon Tuesday to
talk about the upcoming Cleveland stop of the Stars on Ice Tour.
Iconic Canadian Browning still loves to skate and perform The Sudbury Star Mon, 20 Dec 2010 06:07 AM PST It
feels like I see KurtBrowning everywhere this fall, popping up on television, Saturday
afternoon sports, Battle of the Blades, and, now, behind the black curtain at Sudbury
Community Arenaon Saturday night.[...]
Via @Stars on Ice @KurtBrowning is our Featured Skater this week! Check out Kurt's special video message for the
fans here! - http://on.fb.me/i2PPQJ Kurt Browning in Smucker's Stars on Ice
Via @starsonice Smucker's Stars on Ice Read this exclusive interview with @KurtBrowning , as he talks Stars
on Ice and more! http://bit.ly/hijGWc
Parity, judging make for intriguing men's skating field CBC.ca Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:04 PM PST "In the last 15 years, the world has gotten so competitive. In my day, there really was only me and Viktor [Petrenko]
and now there are 10 guys who can challenge on any given day." Those are the words of Canada's four-time world champion figure
skater KurtBrowning and it's an accurate perspective on the 2010
ISU Grand Prix season
Blaze guts Browning's Toronto home AFP via Yahoo! News Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:50 AM PDT A
fire gutted the Toronto mansion of Canadian figureskatingchampion
Kurt Browning in the city's Forest Hills neighborhood on Wednesday, an official said as
the blaze still flared.
Kurt Browning's Toronto home hit by fire CBC.ca Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:36 AM PDT Fire crews say a leaf blower
is to blame for a major blaze at the Toronto home of former Canadian figure-skating champion Kurt Browning and
his wife, Sonia Rodriguez, the National Ballet's principal dancer.
My Buddy Kurt Browning (@KurtBrowning) via Twitter... KurtBrowning Just donated my Delta Skymiles to one of their charity choices.
Canine Assistants. Maybe some of them might have been shelter dogs once? --good job -- miss u buddy :) http://kurtbrowning.jhbonline.net
Skater Kurt Browning goes to the dogs! @KurtBrowning http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Travelling-Pedigree-Adoption-Drive-Art-Tour-Leaves-Its-Paw-Print-on-Toronto-1275210.htm
KurtBrowning makes the Games a family affair Vancouver Sun Thu, 17 Dec 2009 01:06 AM PST KurtBrowning will have one hand on the Olympic torch Saturday in Mississauga and the other holding the hand
of his six-year-old son, Gabriel.
Olympic Torch Approaches Toronto CityNews Wed, 16 Dec 2009 15:52 PM PST KurtBrowning appeared outside Citytv headquarters at Yonge-Dundas Square in a show of support for
the Olympic athletes.
Kurt hosts "Thin Ice" on ABC-TV March 19 &21, 2010-- info @
Browning puts skating career on paws Toronto Sun Fri,
20 Feb 2009 23:45 PM PST Figure skating star Kurt Browning liked going to the dogs
so much yesterday he'll do it again here tonight.
Browning promotes responsible pet adoptions Toronto Sun Fri, 20 Feb 2009 16:54 PM PST Former
figure skater Kurt Browning will perform Saturday night at the Legends Centre to help
pets find a good home. Updated 20th February 2009, 5:31pm
Stars on Ice is 'On the Edge' as it returns to the JLC LondonTopic.ca Mon, 01 Dec 2008 5:11 PM PST Each spring, fans across Canada
are treated to one of figure skating's greatest spectacles as Stars on Ice tours the country, and with Kurt Browning headlining, the show will once again make a London stop at the John Labatt Centre,
Part of the obituary for Kurt's dad from November 25th issue of The Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House:
November 20th, 2008, Dewey Browning passed away at the age of 86. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992, then 2003 and
2007. He had planned to be a three-time cancer survivor but it proved too strong for him to wrangle this time. He was predeceased
by his parents, wife Neva and brother Dick. He is forever remembered by his companion, Karen Caiati; his children Wade
(Cindy) of Calgary, Dena Miller (Dan) of Rocky and Kurt (Sonia) of Toronto, Ontario; grandchildren Jeremy Browning, Kaylei
Whitman, Jesslyn and Joelle Miller, Gabriel and Dillon Browning Rodriguez; his sister Thelma Montgomery and Aunt Elsie Stewart
of Ricinus, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends. Arnold John Browning was born near the Clearwater
River November 3, 1922, to Jack and Gladys, moving five miles upriver at the age of seven where he made his home for his entire
Photo: Skate America, Indianapolis, IN. Oct.1989
KURT: HAPPY 24thnANNIVERSARY OF YOUR 1ST QUAD (MARCH 25, 1988)...AND THE DAY WE MET (MARCH 26, 1988)
KURT CHAMPIONS ORGANIC BABY FOOD
4-Time World Title Holder and 3-Time Olympian, Will Promote Fast Growing Product
Clearly Canadian Brands (OTCBB:CCBEF) (the "Company") today announced the signing of 3-time Olympic Figure Skater Kurt
Browning along with his wife Sonia Rodriguez, principle dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, to a two year exclusive
spokesman agreement for its My Organic Baby Line.
As the leading manufacturer and distributor of organic baby food in Canada, My Organic Baby is thrilled to partner with
Kurt Browning and his family. As a professional athlete and father of two young boys, Kurt Browning knows the value of making
healthy eating choices. That's why he and his wife Sonia made the personal commitment a year and a half ago to transition
their family to natural and organic foods.
"Having already made the commitment to eating and feeding organic foods, Kurt, Sonia and their children are the perfect
addition to the My Organic Baby family," said Orlee Muroff, President of My Organic Baby.
"We are excited about this new relationship with My Organic Baby," said Kurt Browning. "It is reassuring knowing our children
are getting the best, purist food available. I'm happy to spread the word on organic eating and feeding with other parents
The Pedigree Adoption DriveTM campaign aims to raise $500,000 for shelter dogs across Canada
Toronto, ON – Sadly, each year in Canada, tens of thousands of unwanted dogs end up in shelters because
there aren’t enough homes. The makers of Pedigree® have launched the Pedigree Adoption DriveTM campaign to raise funds
and find loving homes for shelter dogs across Canada. Joining Pedigree® in this important program is World Figure Skating
Champion, and self proclaimed Dog Lover, Kurt Browning.
“I know first hand how amazing it is to have a dog in your life,” said Kurt Browning, World Figure
Skating Champion and Pedigree Adoption DriveTM spokesperson. “Growing up, we always had a dog, and I strongly believe
in their ability to impact a person’s life in positive ways. In fact, as a child I even had a dog that taught me how
to skate! I consider myself a true dog lover, which made getting involved with the Pedigree Adoption Drive campaign such an
easy decision for me.”
The goal of the year-long campaign is to raise $500,000 to go towards helping dogs – be that covering
vet care, vaccinations, shelter and food for approximately 2,000 dogs across the nation.
Shelter dogs make great pets. Adopting from a regulated shelter means the dogs have already received a clean
bill of health from a veterinarian. They will have all their shots up-to-date and be spayed or neutered. Staff are also on
hand to help make the selection process easier and can help choose the appropriate dog to fit your lifestyle - whether it
be a high-energy puppy who could use the affection of a large family or a laid-back mature dog perfect for empty nesters.
“There are too many dogs right now living in shelters waiting to be adopted,” says Kevin Lake, Marketing
Director for Pedigree®. “The Pedigree Adoption DriveTM campaign is all about encouraging Canadians to consider adopting
a shelter dog, even if you can’t adopt a dog right now, there are lots of other great ways people can contribute, just
go to www.mypedigree.ca to find out how.”
The makers of Pedigree® have partnered with 26 shelters across Canada and will be donating a minimum of $5,000
to each shelter to be used to provide support for dogs in their care. In addition, shelters will receive a digital camera
that can be used to upload pictures of available dogs on to their shelter page on www.mypedigree.ca. The makers of Pedigree®
will also be providing new dog owners with a Pedigree® Adoption Starter kit which includes wet and dry food, treats, coupons
and a dog owner’s handbook that outlines helpful tips and information about dog adoption.
About the Pedigree® brand Pedigree® is the number one brand of dog food in the world offering a wide variety
of products for different dog life stages. As an innovative market leader, the makers of Pedigree® are at the forefront
of dog nutrition and understand dog owner needs by providing a range of innovative products and resources. Pedigree® products
are available at grocery, pet specialty and mass merchandise outlets.
With Kurt @ Skate America (Indianapolis, IN: October 1989)
Notice: Kurt & I may not be as close as were once were, but I hope you'll enjoy reading about our backstage
Kurt Browning and his wife, Sonia Rodriguez, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Dillon, born Tuesday, August
14 in Toronto, weighing seven pounds. The couple’s first-born son, Gabriel, is equally excited and is already enjoying
his new role as Dillon’s big brother.
“We’re very thankful for the blessing of a happy, healthy baby boy and for all of the well wishes we have received,”
said Browning. “Mom and Dillon are both doing very well and we’re having a great time enjoying this special time
together as a family.”
Kurt will take to the ice again in October for ‘Kurt Browning’s Gotta Skate’ show on October 10 at the
Hershey Centre in Mississauga before he joins the cast of Stars on Ice for his 17th tour across Canada in April, 2008.
My favorite Kurt program: "Serenade to Sonia"
FROM YOU TUBE
June 27, 2007 update from IMG:
Hi John. Kurt is doing well and very busy as always. Thanks for changing the contact
information on the site with my information. Kurt and Sonia are having a second child this fall! He will be in Phoenix for
Kristi's show. Other than that...he is doing theatrical production of Peter Pan in Toronto this fall David
Kurt Skates to "Casablanca" & wins his 4th World Title
Browning Inducted Into World Hall of Fame-- March 23, 2006
JHB Online photo of Kurt Browning World HOF induction ceremony @ Pengrowth Saddledome: Calgary, AB, Canada, March 23,
2006. Thanks for posing, Buddy!
Kurt Browning Photo by Michelle Wojdyla
(12/15/05) - World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame President Hugh C. Graham, Jr. M.D. announced today the 2006
elections of Kurt Browning of Canada and Frank J. Zamboni of the United States to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Zamboni
(posthumously) and Browning will be inducted during the 2006 World Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in March.
Kurt Browning (Canada)
Browning's amateur career included four Canadian men's
titles and four World titles. He was the first Canadian man to win three consecutive World titles (1989, 1990 and 1991). Browning
earned the distinction of winning the most championship titles by a Canadian singles skater with his combined four World titles.
Browning also was a three-time Olympic team member.
At the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Browning made history by being the first man to land
a quadruple jump (toe loop) at a World Championship. In addition to jumping records, Browning's trademark has been his incredibly
fast footwork and interpretive skating, such as his Casablanca routine at the 1993 World Championships.
After retiring from eligible skating in 1994, Browning, a native of Caroline, Alberta, won three World Professional Championships.
He has continued to remain active in figure skating as a choreographer and sports commentator.
Born on June 18, 1966, Browning was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and Skate Canada Hall of Fame
in 2000. His charitable work includes being the creator and sponsor of the Kurt Browning Junior Skating Awards. Browning is
also the author of "Forcing the Edge" with Neil Stevens and his forthcoming book, "A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet."
What Browning has to say ... Kurt Browning is more than just a casual observer when the Canadian Figure Skating Championships
roll around. He'll soon be a Hall of Famer observer. FULL STORY
Congrats to Kurt's Mentee, OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALIST, JEFFREY BUTTLE!
Here's my page for KURT BROWINING's Gotta Skate IV: CLICK HERE New photo added December 5, 2004.
For those of you who don't know and just surfed on in, Kurt Browning is a four-time Canadian and World Figure Skating
Champion (1989-91, '93). He has been credited by the International Skating Union (ISU) with completing the first quadruple
jump (a toe loop) in competition at the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships in Budapest, Hungary on March 25, 1988 (where
we met, see below) and is listed in; the Guinness Book of World Records for this achievement. Kurt also won the Canadian and
World Pro Titles (1995-97) three times each and in 1998 added a second US Pro and the inaugural Canadian Open Championships
to his impressive resume.
KURT HAS A LIFE OFF THE ICE, TOO!
Born June 18, 1966 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada to Neva and Dewey (Arnold) Browning, Kurt was raised in
nearby Caroline, Alberta...and is therefore known as "The Kid From Caroline". He has two older siblings: a brother, Wade;
and a sister, Deena.
On June 30, 1996, My buddy, Kurt married Sonia Rodriguez, who is a Pricipal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada.
Kurt Browning and his wife, Sonia Rodriguez, welcomed their new son, Gabriel Browning Rodriguez on Saturday, July
12, 2003. According to Kurt, Gabriel has "black hair and lots of it." Gabriel weighed a healthy 8.5 pounds. We are told both
Sonia and baby are doing fine and Dad has remained "amazingly calm." (Congratulations Sonia & Kurt!)
They have since had another son, Dillon born in August 2007
Here's to a great family!!!
A Story Of True Friendship
HOW WE MET
To me, the most important title Kurt holds is "My Buddy." We met March 26, 1988 at the World Championships
in Budapest, Hungary. It was outside the arena. Mom was busy trying to fit my wheelchair into the trunk of the small (understatement)
Soviet-made automobile being used to being used to transport us from the hotel to the arena and back. I saw someone running
out of the back of the building. It turned out to be Kurt! Because there was no such thing as accessible seating, my wheelchair
was put on a platform at rinkside near where Kurt had accomplished his famous "Quad". That was a good thing. He wasn't very
famous in those days --especially to an American, like me! I might not have recognized him.
He rapped on the car window, but they weren't electric... and I didn't have the strength to roll them down. So mom
had to stop what she was doing to help me. I congratulated him on the Quad. Kurt simply said: "I just wanted to tell you...
you are the best fan!" With that, he was gone.
Years later I found out others had told him about me. I had been attending competitions since 1981, and had been fortunate
enough to be befriended by many skaters.
Our dear friend, Rosalynn Sumners has been instrumental in bringing us together.Thanks Roz! We love you!!!
Since then, Kurt & I have formed a lasting and enduring friendship, which has truly changed my life. I have been
extremely blessed to experience the incredibly warm and caring personal side of this extraordinary man.
What kind of friend is Kurt?
Let's just say that Kurt has done much-- both good & bad--through the years, as does any friend...you can read
about the good things on this website: For example, he gives the nicest hugs; and he can make a fairly decent hot fudge sundae! The
best ingredient : LOVE!
Kurt & I may not be as close as were once were, but I hope you'll enjoy reading about our backstage adventures!
This site is constantly under construction, so please visit again soon!
For Lauzon and Dubreuil, it was Kelly's voice on the loudspeaker but it was Kurt Browning's soul in their program.
The former Canadian singles star's memorable rendition of Singin' in the Rain during a TV special 10 years ago inspired the
Montreal dance pair to adopt the tune to their own designs. "I think Kurt is the best skater ever," Dubreuil said. "Even if
he never did one jump, he still would have been amazing."
"We told him about (the program) and he sent his video and told us to use it how we wanted."
Could Kurt have been an outstanding ice dancer?
"If he could find a girl to follow him around," Lauzon quipped.