On Monday I was able to catch some of the men practicing for the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont. As always, I
was reminded of the speed they so easily carry across the ice. This could be a men's event to remember.
After covering the Grand Prix series with CBC all season, I must admit that I feel personally connected to so many of the athletes. That's one of the great things about these young athletes -- they're real people and we feel for them.
The season has been long, but all those rotations, landings and, yes, even the falls, don't mean anything now. It all comes down to this.
Of course nothing already achieved can be taken away, but the worlds are special. Being champion of the world stays with you and keeps you company for the rest of your days. They might say the same thing about an Olympic gold medal, but I can't vouch for that.
On Monday I was able to catch some of the men practicing. As always, I was reminded of the speed they so easily carry across the ice. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Florent Amodio of France come to mind. Of course there were falls, but there were also so many wonderful flights across the ice with super-smooth landings. This could be a men's event to remember.
Stay tuned this week on CBC and CBCSports.ca to see our interviews with some of the men about their quad jumps. The tongue-in-cheek answers are fun.
Kurt BrowningKurt Browning is one of Canada’s greatest figure skaters. During his stellar career, he won four men’s world titles (1989, ’90, ’91 and ’93) and competed in three Olympic Games. At the 1988 world championships, he became the first skater to land a verified quad jump in competition. Born and raised in Alberta, Kurt now lives in Toronto. He was co-host of the hit CBC show Battle of the Blades.