Browning skates during the 2000 Stars on Ice tour
|Born||June 18, 1966|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
Browning was both Canadian figure skating champion and World Champion four times. He represented Canada in three Winter Olympics, 1988 (finishing 8th overall), 1992 (6th) and 1994 (5th), and earned the privilege of carrying the Canadian flag during the opening ceremonies of the 1994 games in Lillehammer, Norway. Browning's other achievements include three Canadian Professional Championships and three World Professional Championships.
On March 25, 1988, at the 1988 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Browning landed the first ratified quadruple jump (a toe loop) in competition. This accomplishment is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Josef Sabovcik had previously landed a quad toe loop at the 1986 European Championships which was recognized at the event but then ruled invalid three weeks later. Browning later said, "I remember that there were a few people landing the jump (in practice) long before I did, and by watching them I was inspired to try it myself. After landing it, I certainly expected more skaters to start doing it in competition. I was surprised in the next few years when that really did not happen." Browning is also known for his intricate, fast, often lighthearted footwork.
One of Browning's iconic programs is Singin' in the Rain, where he emulates Gene Kelly's dancing in the film. Choreographed by Sandra Bezic and debuted in a CBC-TV special in 1994, this program is still asked to be performed at ice shows after 20 years.
As a commentator, Browning has made frequent appearances since turning professional in 1994. He has been a regular colour commentator for the CBC at major skating events since 2006.
As a choreographer, he has choreographed programs for many figure skaters including:
- Jeremy Abbott
- Kevin Alves
- Patrick Chan
- Vaughn Chipeur
- Marc-Andre Craig
- Alissa Czisny
- Javier Fernández
- Yuzuru Hanyu
- Takeshi Honda
- Brian Joubert
- Tugba Karademir
- Carolina Kostner
- Takahiko Kozuka
- Tara Lipinski
- Evan Lysacek
- Brandon Mroz
- Lucinda Ruh
- Jamie Sale / David Pelletier
- Yuka Sato
- Tomas Verner
- Yan Han
Awards and honors
Browning was awarded with a Lou Marsh Trophy for top Canadian Athlete (in 1990), Lionel Conacher Awards (1990 and 1991), Order of Canada (in 1990), an American Skating World Professional Skater of the Year Award (in 1998), and a Gustav Lussi Award from the Professional Skaters' Association (in 2001).
Browning was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2000. He was honored with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2001. He was inducted into World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2006.
Browning was born on June 18, 1966 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. He was raised in Caroline, Alberta. He married Sonia Rodriguez, a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, on June 30, 1996. Their first son, Gabriel, was born on July 12, 2003 and their second son, Dillon, was born on August 14, 2007.
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