BC: Your fans also raised $800 for the Terry Fox Foundation in honor of the 20th anniversary of the quad! Thanks to Madelyn, Jennifer, Donna, Denise, Kirsten, Catherine, Mary, Lois, Suzie, Sera, Laboni, Dawn, Debi, Joanne, Eddie (and the Pannone Family), Sherry, Jean, Robin, Kristen, Rachel, and Tina for their generous donations! Collage photos courtesy of Suzie Herrmann, Dawn Norman, Debi Oreste, Rachel Stege, Carole Swan, and Tina Tyan.
FC: Twenty years ago, you made history with the first quad | March 25, 1988 Budapest, Hungary
1: Ever the innovator, twenty years later, you're still influencing and contributing so much to the sport. | Skater, Choreographer, Commentator, Entertainer, Host, Mentor, Author...
3: Kurt, Your fans would like to congratulate you on the 20th anniversary of landing the first ever quadruple jump in competition. You were an innovator and a trailblazer there, and for 20 years you've never stopped breaking new ground and setting a high standard for everyone to follow. We want to congratulate you on your myriad accomplishments, and thank you for all that you've contributed to the sport of figure skating. Happy 20th Anniversary of the Quad! Your fans
6: Kurt, Twenty years ago, you first made the world sit up and take notice, making it clear that here was someone special, someone worth keeping an eye on. You've more than lived up to that promise, and twenty years later, you're still someone more than worthy of keeping an eye on. I respect the spirit that led you to land that first quad, and I especially admire the spirit that didn't allow that to define you, that never rested on your laurels and past accomplishments but always pushed for more, pushed to go further. Thank you so much for more than twenty years of soaring technical achievement, inspiringly versatile artistry, total sportsmanship, and just plain great skating. I'd love to see twenty more. ;) Happy 20th Anniversary of the Quad! Tina San Francisco, CA
9: Dear Kurt, After 20 years, I still say "Way to Go, and Well Done!" You mastered a jump that still to this day many men can't complete. I wear my Kurt Browning, Founder of the Quad Jump shirt with much pride and admiration! Your friend, Melanie Hansen
11: Hey Kurt- Wow- 20 years! It's hard to believe we're that old. Well, you already know how I feel about you, so I'm not going to get all mushy. I just wanted to write you a little note to acknowledge this occasion. You're the best! Hope to see you soon! Cheers! Debi
13: Dear Kurt, Happy 20th Anniversary of landing the quad. Even now, landing a quad is quite a feat. The blending of your technical prowess and dance artistry have rightly seated you among the greatest figure skaters of all time. Congratulations, Lauren Rochester, NY
17: Congratulations on the 4+4+4+4 Quad Anniversary! | Kurt, Thank you for all you've given to figure skating and for continuing to be an inspiration and exemplar for our sport. I appreciate the heart and dedication you have put forth toward your accomplishments and that you continue to bring creative and fresh ideas forward. I wish you the best in all your endeavors! Suzie Herrmann Rochester, NY
18: Dear Kurt, Congratulations on your “quad anniversary”! What an amazing career and it’s not over yet! It’s a joy to watch you skate, because of your abilities, but your personality also, which fills the arena as you perform. I’ve seen you all over North America, here and there in Canada and the US. But, my mom and I had the opportunity to see you perform in Nottingham England, for HM the Queen in her Golden Jubilee Year celebration, and *that* was really special! The large crowd waiting for her procession to arrive outside the arena, the British flags waving and singing the British National Anthem inside the arena, it was nothing like our arenas with the Stanley Cup banners and beer! The performances were wonderful, with an air of joyous “pomp and circumstance”, it was great to witness Ragadin in such rarified air. :) I actually had the opportunity to see the Queen up close, when her processional was leaving the arena with police escort sirens blaring; I got “the royal wave” as I stood on the curb as they drove by. What an experience to share with my mom! It’s been a great 20 years, and we look forward to as many more as you can stand! Mary
19: My photos aren't so amazing (we weren't supposed to be taking pictures anyway...) | But, I was there! And that is thrilling in itself. To watch Kurt skate in an audience with royalty, well, cool!
20: Kurt~I can't believe it's been 20 years ago since you landed the first quad in competition. Congrats again!! Here's to you landing more jumps in the years to come & us being able to enjoy the show! Your fan, Madelyn Bandermann (St. Louis)
23: Congratulations Kurt, on the anniversary of your amazing accomplishment! Your contribution to skating over the years has meant so much to your fans and the sport in general. | To quote from your book, "If what I do stays with [the audience] longer than the moment, then I've succeeded." I think it's safe to say you've managed that! And while landing the first quad is part of what you will always be known for, your personality and musicality on the ice is what drew me to the sport. Thank you for many years of enjoyment and being such a fantastic ambassador for Canadian skating! Best wishes for continued success and happiness, Rachel Stege (Edmonton, AB)
25: Congratulations! Congratulations on the anniversary of The Quad. THE Quad. It's a feat that no one else can usurp. It's yours and yours alone. Bravo! And thank you for the many years of quality, excellence, and entertainment. (I look forward to this continuing until all you can manage is to stand on the ice. But I know you'd do this with flair too, so it's all good.) In the future, Kurt Browning's name will be the definition listed not only under "quad," but under "class" as well. With gushing appreciation and warmest regards, - Carolyn