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Category: General Interest
Reference No: 8609
Status: Available
Price: £8.00
  John Curry

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British Olympic, European and World Figure Skating Champion with wonderfully fluid, balletic style, previously unseen.

At the age of 16, on the death of his father, he moved to London and began training full-time (he wanted to take ballet classes when he was five years old but his father refused. Instead, he took up skating, at which he excelled, also started taking the previously forbidden ballet classes).

In 1976 he won the European Figure Skating Championship and followed this triumph by taking gold for Britain at the Winter Olympics and winning the World Figure Skating Championship.

Retiring from competition, Curry then pursued his vision of ice dance. With a

company of six skaters, he booked a West End theatre and put on Theatre of Skating, featuring ice dance pieces by established ballet choreographers. This was a sell-out and in 1978 he brought the show to Broadway, where it was again a major hit.In the early 1980s Curry finally put together the balletic ice dance company of which he had dreamt. The company toured the world, drawing critical acclaim and appreciative audiences. Finally, after two years of solid touring, he sacked his producers in 1985, effectively closing the company.

In 1987 Curry was diagnosed as HIV positive. He developed AIDS in 1990 and returned to Britain to live with his mother. In 1992, facing media inquiries with unflinching honesty, he went public about his condition. In April 1994, weakened by AIDS, he died of a heart attack. He was 44.

This is a bold signature in blue ink on a 4" x 2.25" slip of paper. Some abrasions and light creasing to the top right corner edge but otherwise in good condition. Good display mounting potential.