Kurt Browning and a 'look-alike' get set to lace up their skates
||February 10, 2005|
Kurt Browning is looking forward to skating with a guy who reminds
him of, well, Kurt Browning.
Jeff Buttle, who won his first Canadian figure skating championship
last month in London, is among three of Canada's current eligible
stars who will join the pros in selected cities for Smucker's Stars on
Ice Canadian tour.
Hamilton, the site of the April 23 tour stop, gets Buttle, while
Emanuel Sandhu will skate in Vancouver, where he lives, and Victoria
and Joannie Rochette will join Stars on Ice for stops in Montreal and
The 15th anniversary tour -- Copps Coliseum has been an important
stop every year -- of the Canadian show is headlined by Browning but
includes the likes of Alexei Yagudin, Jamie Sale and David
Pelletier. It employs the same theme of "Imagination" that the larger
U.S. tour does. The demanding show was choreographed by the legendary
Christopher Dean, who won four world titles and one Olympics with
dance partner Jayne Torvill.
"I see a lot of my young self in Jeff, only he's better," says the
self-deprecating Browning, often regarded as the most complete skater
who has ever performed. "The biggest thing I'd say is that I love to
compete. When I was comfortable out there, it looked like I was where
I wanted to be. It's good to watch a competitor who wants to be
there. That's what I see with Jeff. He doesn't hold anything
back. He's in his environment."
Buttle says Browning has always been one of his role models."What
really inspired me as a competitor was just watching Kurt as a
professional," Buttle said from California, where he spends half his
"He's pushed the boundaries."