Skating Around Town tonight, Sunday
The Diamond Edge Figure Skating Club presents its 2009 skating show at 7 p.m. tonight and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Willmar Civic Center.
Tickets at the door are subject to available seating and are $12 and $7.
The show, "Skating Around Town," features nearly 100 young skaters from throughout the region at various skill levels.
Diamond Edge is an affiliate of the United States Figure Skating Association, teaching basic skills to interested skaters. This year, school districts represented by skaters include Willmar, New London-Spicer, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, MACCRAY, Central Minnesota Christian, Paynesville and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
Special guest skaters include Canadian figure skating champion Kurt Browning and the skating pair of Olivia Oltmanns and Tyler Broderick.
4-Time World Champion
4-Time Canadian Champion
3-Time Olympic Team Member
3-Time World Professional Champion
First man to land a quadruple jump in competition
Kurt Browning is one of Canada's most highly acclaimed figure skaters. He is considered by many to be the "Gene Kelly" of the figure skating world due to his phenomenal display of grace and talent on the ice.
As a Canadian figure skating champion, Browning won the world figure skating championships four times. He also won the Canadian Figure Skating Championships four times, and competed in three different Olympics, finishing as high as fifth in 1994.
In more recent years Browning has been known for being a television media commentator for figure skating. He is not only a commentator, but an entertainer. Most ice skating fans enjoy his humor and personality as they watch figure skating events.
Browning holds the record for being the first male ice skater to land a quadruple jump in competition. The Guiness Book of World Records lists that accomplishment.
Browning was born June 18, 1966, in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada, the son of Dewey and Neva Browning. He has an older brother and sister. He is married to Sonia Rodriguez (who is a dancer) and has two sons.
Browning is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
He has participated in numerous professional ice skating productions and television specials. Much of his skating can be purchased on video or DVD. He starred in "Snowden on Ice" and he has toured with "Stars on Ice" and the Canadian "Champions on Ice."
Browning enjoys hockey. Before he was a figure skater, he was a hockey player. He is able to do figure skating moves, especially footwork, on ice hockey skates. In the 1970s, he competed in ice dancing with Michelle Politt.
Browning is the author of "Kurt: Forcing the Edge." He has also written other figure skating books, including "A is for Axel" which is a children's book all about figure skating.
Olivia Oltmanns and Tyler Broderick
Olivia Oltmanns and Tyler Broderick won the United States National Juvenile Pair Skating title in 2008. In 2009, they won gold at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships in the Intermeidate pair skating event.
In 2007 and 2008, Oltmanns and Broderick not only competed together in pairs, but also competed in ice dancing. In addition, both competed in singles.
Olivia is called "Livi" by her family and friends. Her mother, Trudy Oltmanns, is a figure skating coach. Olivia learned to skate because her mom taught skating. As a young child, Olivia was at the rink all day long. By the time Olivia was 3 years old, she could lace her own ice skates. For a couple of years, she just pushed herself around the rink on one foot.
Until she was matched up with Tyler, she was too shy to compete on her own.
When Olivia was only 10 years old she passed her senior moves in the field test.
Olivia and Tyler met at the Pony Express figure skating competition in St. Joseph, Mo. Olivia's mother was coaching at that event and Tyler's mother was the competition chairman. The children became friends during the competition. During that weekend, the children skated together for fun. After having some fun together on the ice, they expressed an interest in becoming ice dance partners. The families started meeting on weekends so the children could dance. Soon, the children were doing pairs, dance and singles. Olivia was 8 years old and Tyler was 9 years old when they began skating together.
The children's families lived about four hours apart, but since Tyler trained in singles with Olivia's mom, Tyler's trips from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sioux City, Iowa, became frequent.
Oltmanns and Broderick qualified for the final round in both pairs and dance in 2007 and 2008 at the U.S. Junior National Figure Skating Championships. Tyler also qualified for the final round in singles in 2007 and 2008.
Tyler competed in the Juvenile Boys event at Junior Nationals, after winning the U.S. Juvenile pairs title. He admits it was hard to stay focused after knowing he had just become a national figure skating champion in pairs.
In 2008, they relocated their training from Sioux City, Iowa, to Prior Lake, Minn. Their coach is still Olivia's mom, Trudy Oltmanns.
Olivia and Tyler participate in a Minnesota online public school. They study together at the rink with other competitive figure skaters.
Olivia was born in Jacksonville, Fla. Her mother, Trudy Oltmanns, was originally from Cape Cod, Mass. Her father is Christopher Oltmanns from Delmar, Iowa. Olivia has one sister, Emily, who also was a competitive figure skater.
Tyler was born in Kansas City, Mo. His parents are Christopher and Christine Broderick from Plattsburg, Mo. Tyler has one brother and one sister.
"We would like people to know that we skate together because we are best friends and we love doing things together," the pair has said. "Although we now love pairs, in the beginning we didn't care what figure skating discipline we skated as long as we could skate and spend time together."