IFS OCTOBER 2016 For almost four decades Kurt Browning has been entertaining audiences around the world. Few have thrived under the global spotlight as an amateur and professional artist more than the kid from Caroline.
Browning, who turned 50 in June, might be slowing down he is not ready to hang up his skates just yet.
Blessed with a natural talent and a fierce competitiveness, Browning was the complete package with his natural jumping ability, head-spinning footwork,and an artistic flair that put him on different level than any of his rivals.
He spent his first three seasons on the senior circuit skating in the shadow of Brian Orser. Out of the spotlight and far from the media glare, Browning began his rapid ascent up the international ladder. He leapfrogged from a 15th place finish at his first Worlds in 1987 to sixth the following year. That would be the last time Browning did not stand on a World podium.
Adam Rippon made history in the junior ranks by winning the World Junior title twice in a row. Though he has struggled to find success on the senior stages in the ensuing years, Rippon believes that he has shaken off the demons of his past and is now on a path that he hopes will lead him to even greater victories.
Last season was a roller-coaster ride for Russian ice dancers Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Solovyev. After sitting out a year as Solovyev recovered from a knee injury, the duo qualified for the 2015 Grand Prix Final and five weeks later claimed bronze at the European Championships.
Mirai Nagasu learned last season that it is not over until it is really over. Following a silver medal finish at Four Continents in February, her highest result at that event to date, she had closed the door on her 2015-2016 season.
As Yuko Kavaguti was lifted into the air to rotate a jump, something tore in her right foot and she crashed to the floor. At first, she did not realize what had happened, but quickly learned she had ruptured her Achilles tendon.