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    Manleywoman SkateCast #67: Rohene Ward interview, Part One

    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.

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    Thanks! I much enjoyed that!

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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!

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

    ETA: to Rohene, not only for his unique skating, but for having to deal with racism, prejudice and overcoming so much just to skate.
    Last edited by lulu; 09-07-2013 at 05:35 AM.

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    Thank you, manleywoman!

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    Thanks, I really enjoyed hearing Rohene's story.

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

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    Thanks. He was fun to interview. I hope we can complete part two soon.

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

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    Thanks N_Halifax!
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    can't wait to hear part II

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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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vocal View Post
    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?
    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!"

    Quote Originally Posted by manleywoman View Post
    He was fun to interview. I hope we can complete part two soon.
    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!
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    Thanks, manleywoman! I'm really looking forward to Part 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    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!"
    Thanks, Sylvia. Sometimes it is hard for me to understand native speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    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!"
    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!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    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!
    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.

    FYI everyone: this interview is now transcribed. Thanks
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