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skatecast #52: Interview with Lucinda Ruh

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by manleywoman, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Happy holidays! Hope some of you get to listen to this on your commutes home.

    Ms. Ruh is a 2-time Swiss National Champion, star of both SOI and COI, and was twice named one of the “25 most influential people in figure skating” by International Figure Skating Magazine. She astounded crowds worldwide with her gifts in spinning as an amateur skater throughout the 1990s, competing in eight World Championships and on the Junior and Senior Grand Prix Circuits. Her spins influenced how spins were judged when IJS was adopted, and in 2003 she became the World Guinness record holder for the longest spin on ice. She is the author of “Frozen Teardrop: The Tragedy and Triumph of Figure Skating’s Queen of Spin.”

    We talk about her fascinating life story, how she was never interested in an Olympic Gold medal, and how she came to wear that iconic gold jumpsuit. The interview lasts 1 hour, 5 minutes, 23 seconds.

    Interview is on my website or will be available on the iTunes Store (once the bots find it).

    She also sent me two copies of her new book "Frozen Teardrop" to give away, so please enter the contest.

    Have a great holiday everyone, and enjoy! :rollin:
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  2. Macassar88

    Macassar88 Well-Known Member

    Amazing interview!
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  3. AznSkateFan

    AznSkateFan New Member

    Fascinating interview! Enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing it with us! :)
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  4. DBZ

    DBZ Well-Known Member

    That was a truly fascinating interview! I never would've imagined the extent of adversity Lucinda had to face.

    The accounts of her time in Japan and how isolated she felt were particularly surprising. I had always assumed her time with the Satos was generally a positive one. Judging from her comments, Mr. Sato seemed like almost a non-presence in her skating development.

    The utter lack of support from her own federation was just baffling and so unfortunate.

    I must say I'm very interested now to read her book. It sounds like it offers a unique perspective on the sport that not many skaters could give.

    And really, for someone who revolutionized spinning in skating forever, can the girl at least get one freaking spin named after her? That's the least that can be done considering what she's given to the sport.

    Anyway, thanks manleywoman for these podcasts! I must commend you on being a wonderful interviewer! You do such a wonderful job segueing between questions and keeping the flow of the interview going smoothly, and you also seem to really make your guests feel comfortable while being interviewed. It's a pleasure to listen to them. Thanks for your hard work!
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  5. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Seriously. We need to start a movement among the coaches and skaters to get them to start calling it a Lucinda spin.

    (personally I think calling it a Ruh spin is easier, but Lucinda herself prefers Lucinda spin)

    Awww shucks. Thanks. :)
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  6. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    What an extraordinary interview.
    Thank you, both.
    Very few of us could have dealt with the challenges she has faced, as well.

    This is how I think of Lucinda:

    Lucinda Ruh "Black Swan"
  7. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Headstrong Buzzard

    Considering that 'Ruh' is the German word for 'Rest', I honestly think 'Lucinda Spin' would be better.
  8. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Maybe Ruh is quite apropos, since Lucinda seems very much "at rest" when she spins. :)

    Thanks manleywoman!

    ETA: Lucinda has such a lovely speaking voice, aside from being absolutely gorgeous. I look forward to reading her book. Have you announced who won the giveaway contest yet, manleywoman?

    Re her most famous spin, I'd agree that "Lucinda Spin" is a good name for that one, and maybe "Ruh spin" for another one in her repertoire (perhaps one of her inventive laybacks). She would likely have been great at doing pirouettes as a ballerina too. :)
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2012
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  9. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Bumping this thread back up with a new interview by Tajci Cameron - Do Our Passions Define Who We Are? A Lesson From Lucinda Ruh, Figure Skating's 'Queen of Spin': http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tajci-cameron-/do-our-passions-define-wh_b_7372190.html

    Direct link to video (23 mins.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH1-9pRbeag&t=1318
    Uploaded on May 10, 2015
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  10. Josh78

    Josh78 Well-Known Member

    Beautifully candid and poignant! Lucinda has always been one of my favorites and has always handled her life, her skating, her family, and the struggles and challenges and unexpected transitions in life with such grace and truth :)
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  11. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

    It's amazing what she has endured.

    Her comments about the norm of beating in Japan are disturbing. That's the dark side of FS that isn't talked about much.

    I wonder if it is still going on today?
  12. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Thank you! "Good for you, Lucinda Ruh!" :encore:
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  13. NadineWhite

    NadineWhite Well-Known Member

    That was a wonderful update of what Lucinda Ruh is doing, enjoyed watching all 23:42 minutes. :) And her twins look just like her, mini lucinda ruhs, lol. :D
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