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Encyclopedia > John Curry
Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Gold 1976 Innsbruck Men's singles

John Curry (1949-1994) was a British figure skater who won the Olympic and World Championships in 1976. He was famous for combining ballet and modern dance influences into his skating. Figure skating is an ice skating sporting event where individuals, mixed couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on the ice, often to music. ... The 1976 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XII Olympic Winter Games, were held in 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria. ... Figure skating is an ice skating sporting event where individuals, mixed couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on the ice, often to music. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... The World Figure Skating Championships is an annual event sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion. ... Act 4 of Swan Lake: choreography by Petipa and Nureyev, music by Tchaikovsky. ... picture of Isadora Duncan - Source: Library of Congress Modern dance is a dance form developed in the early 20th century. ...


Curry was born on 9 September 1949 in Birmingham, England. As a child, Curry wanted to become a dancer, but his father disapproved of dance as an activity for boys, so instead at the age of 7 he began to take figure skating lessons. For the first several years, Curry's involvement with skating was rather casual. Curry's father died when he was 16; he then moved to London to study with Arnold Gerschwiler, who coached him to his first British title in 1971. In 1972, Curry found an American sponsor who enabled him to study in the United States with Gus Lussi and Carlo Fassi. Fassi coached him to European, World, and Olympic titles in 1976. September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... The city from above Centenary Square. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Arnold Gerschwiler (May 1914 – August 22, 2003) was a world-renowned figure skating coach. ... Gus Lussi is a figure skating coach. ... Carlo and Christa Fassi with their student Jill Trenary in 1990. ... The European Figure Skating Championships is an annual event in which figure skaters compete for the title of European Champion. ...


Curry was the flag bearer at the 1976 Winter Olympics for Great Britain. He also was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1976. The 1976 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XII Olympic Winter Games, were held in 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria. ... The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award has been given to one British sportsperson each year since 1954. ...


As an amateur competitor, Curry was noted for his ballet-like posture and extension, and his superb body control. Along with Canadian skater Toller Cranston, Curry was responsible for bringing the artistic and presentation aspects of men's figure skating to a new level. At the peak of his competitive career, Curry was also accomplished both at compulsory figures and the athletic (jumping) aspects of free skating. Toller Cranston, CM (April 20, 1949-) is a Canadian figure skater and artist. ... Compulsory figures or school figures were a former aspect of the sport of figure skating, from which its name (in English) derives. ... Rotation Landing A figure skating jump is determined by the launch, landing, and number of revolutions completed. ...


Following the 1976 World Championships, Curry turned professional and founded a touring skating company along the same lines as a traditional dance company. Besides choreographing routines for the company himself, Curry commissioned works from such noted dance choreographers as Peter Martins and Twyla Tharp. Curry was reportedly a difficult person to get along with, and a dispute with the business managers of his company forced it to suspend operations in the mid-1980s. After that, Curry performed only rarely in public. Peter Martins (October 27, 1946 - ) is a Danish ballet dancer and choreographer. ... Twyla Tharp (b. ...


Prior to the 1976 World Championships, Curry was outed as gay by a German tabloid newspaper, Bild-Zeitung. It caused a brief scandal in Europe at the time, but Curry's sexual orientation was generally ignored by the press and public for many years afterwards. For other articles with similar names, see Gay (disambiguation). ... The Bild-Zeitung (often abbreviated Bild, lit. ...


In 1987, Curry was diagnosed with HIV. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1991. Prior to his death, he spoke openly to the press about both his disease and his sexual orientation. He spent the last years of his life with his mother. He died of an AIDS-related heart attack on on 15 April 1994 in Binton. He was 44 years old. Human immunodeficiency virus or HIV is a retrovirus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections. ... Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections in humans resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Binton is a village and civil parish in the Stratford district of Warwickshire, England. ...


Competitive highlights

Event 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Olympic Games 11th 1st
Worlds 14th 9th 4th 7th 3rd 1st
Europeans 7th 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd 1st

References

  • The Real John Curry
  • Upholding the Tradition of Excellence
  • On this day - 1976: John Curry skates to Olympic gold

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Preceded by:
David Steele
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
1976
Succeeded by:
Virginia Wade

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John Curry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (441 words)
John Curry (born 9 September 1949 in Birmingham, England, died 15 April 1994 in Binton) was a British figure skater who won the Olympic and World Championships in 1976.
Curry's father died when he was 16; he then moved to London to study with Arnold Gerschwiler, who coached him to his first British title in 1971.
Curry was reportedly a difficult person to get along with, and a dispute with the business managers of his company forced it to suspend operations in the mid-1980s.
channel4.com - Real Lives - John Curry (1039 words)
However, it was John Curry – a ground-breaking figure skater whose own brilliant career was dogged by professional failure and personal tragedy – who was responsible for the rise of this new form.
Born in 1949, John Curry was a dance enthusiast from an early age: he had wanted to take ballet classes when he was five years old, but his father refused.
John's return to London in 1984, using a rink hastily created for the occasion in the Albert Hall, was a critical and commercial triumph.
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