Once upon a time, touring life for Kurt Browning was much less complicated, with a mindset often built around a singular concern: So how did I look tonight? Did I get the steps just right? Are the fans happy with my performance?
But this year Browning donned a new hat, adding another persona to the repertoire he has created over the years for the global skating fans who have long adored his magical sense of whimsy.
Oh, that quirky side — as the four-time World champion might call it — is still very much there. But gone are the days when the 45-year-old expended most of his energy making sure his personal skating efforts were up to his own exacting standards.
Originally published in June 2012