The Icarus of ice: bittersweet film celebrates life of skating star John Curry

The British Olympian and pioneering gay athlete is to shine again in The Ice King, a documentary telling his story

John Curry’s graceful path to Winter Olympic triumph for Britain in 1976 – and to a place in the hearts of his fans – really began when his stern, factory-owner father, Joseph, denied him ballet lessons.

The seven-year-old was allowed to learn to skate at his local rink in Birmingham instead – after all, skating was a sport, not an art. There, with the support of his mother, Rita, a lifetime’s love of ice dancing took hold.

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