(December 18, 2009) – Three-time Olympian Kurt Browning carried the Olympic torch today in Brampton.  He first competed in men’s figure skating at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games in his home province of Alberta.  The Caroline native went on to compete in 1992 in Albertville, France and was the Canadian flag bearer for the 1994 games in Lillehammer, Norway.  His best Olympic placement was fifth in 1994. Browning was the first man to ever land a quadruple jump in competition and won the world figure skating championship four times in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1993.

Skate Canada’s CEO, William Thompson, who judged the pairs and men’s competitions at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy also carried the torch today in Brampton.  Thompson has been Skate Canada’s CEO since October of 2006. A native of Kitchener, Ontario, he has been associated with the sport for over 35 years.  A former national level pair skater, he won the novice pair silver medal with his partner Penny Wilson at the 1979 national championships.  When he retired from amateur skating in 1983 at the age of 17 he turned his attention to judging, working his way up to become an Olympic level judge in singles and pairs.

Kurt Browning
William Thompson


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