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Manleywoman SkateCast #67: Rohene Ward interview, Part One

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by manleywoman, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

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    Aaahhhh, Rohene Ward. What couldn’t he do well?

    Jumping in both directions! Amazing and unusual spins! Flexibility beyond belief! Choreographing his own programs! Signature moves! And all that talent from a kid with a disadvantaged background who had to take several bus transfers to the rink every day by himself to make it happen. And while he never reached the podium at the US Figure Skating Championships, Rohene Ward became one of the most well-known and beloved crowd favorites American audiences had ever seen. Rohene Ward talks about his first pair of skates, how he learned to jump both ways, the sacrifices by his coach to support him, and overcoming incredible racism. 32 minutes, 26 seconds.

    Listen to the interview on my website at manleywoman.com or soon at the iTunes Store.

    Thanks for listening!
     
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  2. Impromptu

    Impromptu Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I much enjoyed that!
     
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  3. JillyBean

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    Rohene is so special. I have such a soft spot in my heart for him and his skating. Thanks for doing this interview - it was great!
     
  4. lulu

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    Thanks so much for the interview! :) I loved listening to it.

    ETA: :respec: to Rohene, not only for his unique skating, but for having to deal with racism, prejudice and overcoming so much just to skate.
     
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  5. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, manleywoman!
     
  6. maureenfarone

    maureenfarone Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I really enjoyed hearing Rohene's story.
     
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  7. Lacey

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    Another great interview, thanks Manleywoman, such a professional interviewing job of a fantabulous skater.
     
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  8. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

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    Thanks. :) He was fun to interview. I hope we can complete part two soon.
     
  9. N_Halifax

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    Another wonderful interview, Allison! Rohene kind of has that enigmatic Toller Cranston like spirit on the ice... he's great!
     
  10. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

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  11. lulu

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    can't wait to hear part II
     
  12. vocal

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    Thanks, Manleywoman.
    I adore the ability to spin and jump in both directions. So cool!

    I have a question re. a section of the interview. I couldn't understand the wording at 29.07s, "Even …??... we are doing turns." What did Rohene say?
     
  13. Sylvia

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    I believe this is when Rohene was talking about his obsession with skating when he was young (practicing at the rink all day, watching it on TV, doing extra stretching at home, etc.) and so he joked that "Even my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were doing turns with music!"

    Since he'll be rejoining the "Holiday on Ice" tour this fall, I hope you can finish your interview with him before he leaves the U.S. (sometime next month?). Thanks, manleywoman! :)
     
  14. Simone411

    Simone411 The word Impossible doesn't exist

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    Thanks, manleywoman! I'm really looking forward to Part 2. :)
     
  15. vocal

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    Thanks, Sylvia. Sometimes it is hard for me to understand native speakers.
     
  16. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

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    Yes, thank you for answering this. I made a mental note to listen again and see what specifically Vocal needed, but I forgot. Big thanks to Sylvia for stepping up!

    Me too, though so far he's been more elusive than Dick Button. Even though at least twice he's butt-dialed me late at night from loud parties. :lol:

    FYI everyone: this interview is now transcribed. Thanks