Kurt Browning was born in 1966 and raised in Caroline Alberta. Like most Canadian boys, he first laced on his skates at a young age. It wasn't until he was sixteen, though, that he made the choice to follow a figure skating career instead of hockey.
Sonia Rodriguez was born in 1972 in Canada but spent her early years in Spain and Monaco where she received instruction in dance. She is now prima ballerina with the Canadian National Ballet.
They met at a reception in Edmonton in 1991. Kurt said, "She wasn't supposed to go; she borrowed a dress to go. I didn't want to go..so we met there." The next day the Ballet company went to watch a show where Kurt was performing and a group of them went to lunch together. "Two letters later and I moved to Toronto."
They dated from then on. Kurt was performing with Stars on Ice, as he has for twenty years, when he decided to make the proposal in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens in 1995 during the taping of a show. He got down on his knee at centre ice and in front of 16,000 people as well as a national television audience, he popped the question.
Asked later if he had any doubts about her answer he said, "I was sure. I was positive. In fact, after I looked up at her and she put her head down, I wasn't thinking 'Is she going to say yes or not', I was thinking, 'Boy, is she going to be mad at me.'"
She must not have been too mad because they married in 1996. They now have two boys Gabriel and Dillon.
Nether Kurt nor Sonia have slowed down in their careers, but after eighteen years of marriage they seem to have found the right balance between work and family. Kurt said, “I made a tentative plan to quit skating when [Sonia] quit dancing, and I incredibly underestimated how long she was going to dance, so I’m just still skating. It’s kind of like playing chicken."