Even at an early age Curry showed an unusual awareness of line. He remembers that the first routine he devised consisted mostly of spirals, like this one here, and was set to a piece of
music called The Swallows.
For the 26 year old from Birmingham it had been a long road to the top. As a child he had wanted to be a ballet dancer. His father would not agree, and Curry started skating as a substitute. His father accidentally shot himself in a hotel room when John was sixteen, and he moved to London at that point to train with Arnold Gerschwiler, the Richmond coach. He was a strict disciplinarian and the association was a hard one for Curry. His main joy was that he could now begin ballet classes. Although John always moved over the ice with a wonderful feline grace and awareness of line, he had problems with jumps. He skated so badly at the 1971 World Championship in Lyons that he dreaded facing Gerschwiler, and left the ice by a side-entrance. He won a bronze medal in the European Championship in 1974, but was ready to give up everything after making a mess of the World event that year. There, in Munich, an American said he like to help. Curry thought the man was about to give him advice on his jumping, but he wanted to sponsor Curry and bring him to the United States. Ed Mosler, the heir to the Mosler Safe fortune, has sponsored many athletes including most of the US team. Curry is the only non-American he has helped.
Initially Curry had hoped to train with Janet Lynns coach, Slavka Kahout, but she had married Dick Button and, with a child to look after, was not interested in teaching. He followed her advice, though, that he go first to Gus Lussi to get his jumping straightened out and then to Fassi but it was not until after he had taken the est course of positive thinking in the autumn of 1975 that he realised his full capability and soared right to the top. His performance in Innsbruck undoubtedly deserved a string of sixes, but he had drawn to skate first of the top six, and no judge was prepared to give the maximum at that stage.
Currys wins focused attention on the boy who would obviously succeed him as British champion, Robin Cousins. Like Curry, Cousins's first love was the ballet and he was offered a scholarship to the Royal School of Ballet which he turned down to concentrate on skating.