By Bill Jones
One winter's evening in 1976, over 20 million humans in Britain watched John Curry skate to Olympic glory on an ice rink in Austria. Many thousands extra watched around the globe. in a single day he grew to become the most recognized males on this planet. He was once provided the OBE. He used to be selected as BBC activities character of the Year.
Curry had replaced ice skating from marginal game to excessive paintings. And but the fellow was once — and might continuously stay — an absolute secret to an international that have been dazzled through his present. absolutely, men's skating was once alleged to be Cossack-muscular, now not sensual and ambiguous like this.
Curry himself used to be an often-tortured guy of labyrinthine complexity. For the 1st time, by myself untangles the intense net of his poisonous, stricken, excellent — and brief — existence. it's a tale of youth nightmares, livid ambition, wearing genius, lifelong rivalries, homophobia, chilly battle politics, financial disaster and deep own tragedy. by myself unearths the stressed, impatient, usually darkish soul of a guy whose phrases may possibly lacerate, whose skating normally moved audiences to tears, and who — after succumbing to AIDS, as such a lot of of his fellow artists and associates did — died of a middle assault elderly simply forty four.
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