Not Ready To Hang 'Em Up. Talk of Kurt Browning Retiring is Premature
||April 20, 2000|
Copyright 2000 Sun Media Corporation
The suggestion that Kurt Browning will soon take to his rocking
chair and raise a passel of kids is somewhat premature.
"I must be getting close to retirement, 'cause that's what people
are asking me -- What am I going to do when I'm done skating and are
we going to have kids?" the 33-year-old skating champ said yesterday
on the phone from Montreal.
Browning lands here tomorrow for Chrysler Stars On Ice at Air
Canada Centre, followed by shows Saturday at Hamilton's Copps Coliseum
and Sunday at Kitchener's Memorial Auditorium, then heads west to
complete the 10-city Canadian tour.
Before that, Stars On Ice performed in 63 U.S. cities. Since
Christmas, Browning has seen little of his Toronto home or his
ballerina wife Sonia Rodriguez.
After the tour's final May 2 show in Vancouver, Browning will
visit family in Alberta but be back here in plenty of time to watch
his wife dance the lead role in The National Ballet of Canada's
Rodriguez is a second soloist with The National, one step below
principal dancer. Browning and his wife have talked about whether her
status in Giselle could be affected if embattled principal dancer
Kimberly Glasco succeeds in her legal fight to force the ballet to
cast her in starring roles.
"She's not worried about it. She thinks if Kimberly does get a
role, they could even add a show. She says, 'Right now, I'm not
concerned,' " Browning said.
As for one issue raised by the Glasco case -- to what age can a
physical artist perform at the top of his or her abilities -- Browning
believes that in skating as in dancing, it's a question that can only
be answered on a case-by-case basis.
"It's not one of those situations where you can make a rule and
it'll work for everyone. There's a different situation every single
time. Everyone ages differently," he said.
Arguably the biggest-drawing star in Stars On Ice, for example, is
its eldest performer, 41-year-old Scott Hamilton.
"Scott Hamilton is an exception to the rule," said Browning, who
doesn't believe many figure skaters could continue performing towards
and into their fifties.
"It would be a rare person. I mean, Scott is only nine years away
from 50, and realistically he could be doing a one-man Broadway show
on ice when he's 50. He's the personality who could do it."
Despite those questions about his own skating future and the
acting offers he's starting to get, Browning is in no hurry to take
off his skates.
And what about that possibility of a beautiful bouncing
Not in the near future either, he says.
"She's still busy dancing and I don't even know what city I'm in,
so we're obviously not ready for kids."