Player’s Own Voice podcast: Kurt Browning on figure skating, then and now


Here’s the factor that Patrick Chan desires to know about his fellow figure skater, Kurt Browning. After 45 years on ice, how has Browning managed to remain in love along with his sport?  Not simply keep energetic in it — as a result of hey, a job’s a job — however keep enamoured with all of it?  Browning has a one-word reply to that query: Curiosity.   

Browning can not help himself, he is nonetheless curious in regards to the subsequent solo, the potential to make an viewers really feel one thing, the method of getting tuned up for performances. That, and the pure, easy glide of skating, hold him hooked.

With the Skate Canada occasion going down this week, Player’s Own Voice podcast host Anastasia Bucsis requested Browning for his evaluation of skating now, and trying forward. The method he sees it, the scoring system rewards skaters for giving the judges what they need, roughly on a silver platter.

The draw back is, that may make one skater look an excessive amount of like one other. If anybody deviates too removed from the system, there is not any method they will succeed. Which places extra artistic routines on the endangered listing. But the system additionally encourages very robust technical skating, and the efficiency side has not gone away, in order that’s all to the great. 

Browning loves the ever-increasing world reputation of the game. He is an enormous fan of what he sees within the skaters from Asia, specifically.

Looking a bit of bit forward, Browning predicts some needed rising pains. Like many sports activities, figure skating wants to come back to phrases with some abusive conditions in  the previous. And he says the game nonetheless must sort out dishonest — each varieties,  pharmaceutical and judging. That’s all a part of the maturation course of, and he welcomes it. 

Like the CBC Sports’ Player’s Own Voice essay collection, POV podcast lets athletes converse to Canadians about points from a private perspective.

We have transcripts for our hard-of-hearing viewers. To take heed to Kurt Browning, Bianca Farella, Summer McIntosh, Beckie Sauerbrunn or any of the friends from earlier seasons,  go to CBC Listen or wherever else you get your podcasts.


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