Today in Sports History: March 10

In 1990, Canadian figure skater, Kurt Browning, won the Men’s Singles World Figure Skating Championship in front of a home crowd in Halifax, Canada. 

Browning competed in three Olympic games;  the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics finishing in eighth place, the Albertville 1992 Winter Olympics finishing in sixth place, and the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics finishing in fifth place. 

Browning is a 4x – Canadian champion, 4x – World Figure Skating Champion, 3x – Olympic team member, and 3x – World Skating Professional champion. He was the first man to skate and land a quadruple jump at the 1988 Worlds Championships.

He is also known for being the first Canadian male singles skater/contestant to win three consecutive World titles from 1989 until 1991. Browning was also awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy for top Canadian athlete in 1990, the Lionel Conacher Award in 1990 and 1991, the American Skating World Professional Skater of the Year Award in 1998, and the Gustave Lussi Award from the Professional Skater’s Association in 2001. 

Browning retired and was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2000, and received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2001. He was later inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2006 as he was compared to the great Wayne Gretzky, but for figure skating due to his incredible achievements, outstanding contributions to the sport, and major popularity in Canada.

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