Oh, thanks so much! It reminds me why I adore Kurt above just about all other skaters. To paraphrase Shakespeare (and switch genders), age cannot wither nor custom dim his infinite variety. And the photos! Every one of them radiates with his energy. Don't you love that his favorite physical training regimen is making rock walls....
Tonichelle, are you there? You're not going to want to miss this one.
Olympia, I smiled at his rock wall building too. I too love rock wall and have a very old newspaper clipping of an article with pictures about a rock wall builder, dreaming of one of my own one day, in the country of course. I had not thought of it as a strength training body building exercise before but duh!
Love love love King Kurt. And always respect his opinions.
I follow his official facebook that Teenes runs (along with The Kurt Files, which I think is still an unofficial site) and saw this link the other day. Haven't had a chance to read part 2 yet.
Good to see you here, Toni!
I miss a lot by not being on Facebook...I just don't trust it yet. I'm slow about these things.
It's fascinating to me what Kurt seems to envision for his future. Like Kurt himself, I don't think it would be practical or rewarding for him to be a full-tiime choreographer. To me he's such an interesting mix of disciplined/hardworking (he'd have to be, to keep skating this well into his forties) and non-regimented. There's a gadfly quality to him that adds to his appeal but that would keep him from doing the same thing day in and day out. He needs a mix, and if actually skating should leave that mix, he'd need something to replace it.
I'd love to hear what you two, SF and Toni, have to say about this, as well as all you other GS Kurt fans.
I've always had this dream of having an "all figure skating" tv network, and if so Kurt'd be at the helm lol not just with commentary but he'd have his own talk show. I could TOTALLY see him doing something like that...
Ooooh! I vote yes.
Hey, isn't there a golf channel? Why not skating?
I was hoping that no one would give a rational answer....
By the way, and not entirely unrelated to these comments, I realized today how glad I am that Kurt is Canadian. On one side, I'm glad he's from an English-speaking country so I don't miss out on a smidgeon of his coverage. On another side, it's all for the better that he's not from the U.S. We have such loud team sports, and so many of them. Skating would get lost in the shuffle. In Canada, which is aligned toward winter sports, skating takes its proper place near the top of the heap, and that's where Kurt deserves to be--in the main spotlight. I know that skating isn't as supreme in Canada as it is in, say, Japan or South Korea, but it's plenty prominent. Kurt gets to be a national hero, and I say bravo. It benefits all of us, not just Canadians. Thanks for sharing him with the world, Canada!
My ALL-TIME favorite figure skater. Class personified. Every time I hear that high, screechy voice of Scott Hamilton announcing competitions I yearn for Kurt. The few times he did the commentary he was soooooooooo good. Didn't sugarcoat anything and was just technical enough to be interesting.
p.s. I like Scott Hamilton alot - just don't like to hear him!!!!
Oh yay, I'm glad someone linked my article here, and that you guys enjoyed it. Thanks, SkateFiguring!
www.kurtfiles.com periodically (yes, it's still unofficial, or "unofficially official", Toni - Kurt's not much interested in having an official site), or join my Kurt Browning mailing list. The Facebook, Twitter, website, and mailing list don't get exactly the same content, though I try to update all 4 most of the time, but all news will go on all four.
I will confess that when I asked him the question about choreography, I was surprised at the answer, since it seemed a fairly logical direction for him to go in. But after more thought, I realized it did make sense, and there really was no need for him to commit full task to any one job anyway. As you say, I think he's not the type to do just one thing every day, but likes to have his fingers in a lot of pies and be doing a lot of different, challenging, and creative things. Hence teaching seminars and not coaching, being a consulting or one-off choreographer, but not a full-time choreographer, etc. Commentary isn't a full time job, and neither is Stars on Ice, although he is fully committed to both.It's fascinating to me what Kurt seems to envision for his future. Like Kurt himself, I don't think it would be practical or rewarding for him to be a full-tiime choreographer. To me he's such an interesting mix of disciplined/hardworking (he'd have to be, to keep skating this well into his forties) and non-regimented. There's a gadfly quality to him that adds to his appeal but that would keep him from doing the same thing day in and day out. He needs a mix, and if actually skating should leave that mix, he'd need something to replace it.
And yes, despite the fact that I'm American, I'm glad he's Canadian too . Means more coverage for all of us, since skating is so much bigger in Canada, and therefore there are more interviews, shows, etc.
Thanks for your insights, and for doing the article in the first place. When next you contact him, tell him we send our best. (I'm fairly sure I speak for just about all of us on GS!)
It has always been my fondest hope that Kurt would take up coaching. I've watched him work with kids when my daughter skated at summer camp at the Granite Club and he was amazing. The kids lit up when Kurt was around and watching his interactions with the kids, all I could think of what a great coach he'd make. My daughter said Kurt taught her how to do her spread eagle, and helped her with her axel, even though he was not a coach at the camp. Kurt practiced at the Granite two or three times a week that summer and his practice time coincided with the time my daughter's group ate lunch in the rinkside cafe. By the end of the summer, my daughter had a mega-crush on Kurt and it wasn't hard to see why.
I think Kurt knows his limits. Camps are a little different than day in and day out (which I'm sure you know). Considering he likes to do so many other things, coaching would probably become tedious, I would think. And frustrating when the student couldn't get something right and Kurt couldn't figure out why.
That being said I think everyone on here knows just how and why I feel the way I do about Kurt...
That's something you and I share, Toni! Kurt is the top cat for me, now and forever. But I agree with you. I don't see him as the coach type. That's a special set of skills that Kurt probably isn't interested in developing. For one thing, he's obviously not the kind of person who enjoys doing the same thing day after day. He's also at a stage of life where his main inner energies are probably devoted to his family, not to young students. But if he can drop in and give skaters the benefit of his advice and talents, that's a splendid way for him to pass along what he knows. The fact that he isn't coaching regularly also leaves enough of his energy so that he can share himself with fans by television commentating, appearing in shows, and the like.