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Ruohonen, Rich
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PositionSecond
TeammatesTyler George, Chris Plys, Colin Hufman
DeliversRight-handed
BornMarch 31, 1971
HometownBrooklyn Park, Minn.
OccupationAttorney with Terry, Slane & Ruohonen
FamilyMarried to Sherry, two children
Year started curling1981
EducationBachelor of arts in economics and political science from Hamline University; juris doctor from Hamline
CURLING HIGHLIGHTS
  • World Men's Championship: 2008 (7th)
  • U.S. National Championships: 2013 (2nd), 2012 (8th), 2011 (runner-up), 2010 (5th), 2009, 2008 (champion), 2007 (8th), 2006 (5th), 2005 (5th), 2004 (5th), 2002 (5th), 1998 (5th)
  • U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 2013, 2010, 2006 (5th)
  • Continental Cup: 2008 (runner-up)
  • Karuizawa International Championships: 2011 (silver)
  • Wisconsin State Men's Playdown: 1999, 1998

  • Minnesota State Men's Playdown: 2004, 2003, 2001, 1996

  • USCA Men's Second Chance: 2004 (qualified for Nationals), 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998 (qualified for Nationals), 1994

  • St. Paul Curling Club champion: 2003, 2002, 2001, 1998, 1997

  • President's Trophy Winner (best record of any team in the St. Paul Curling Club): 6 times

  • Winner of more than 20 bonspiels including St. Paul International, St. Paul Winter Carnival, Duluth Cashspiel, Twin City Iron Rangers 'Spiel, Eveleth Early Bird and Eveleth Spring Spiel.

About Rich Ruohonen:

Curls out of: St. Paul Curling Club, St. Paul, Minn.

 

Nickname: Dick or Dr. Double

 

Curling start: "I started curling when I moved here to live with my dad in fifth grade at the old Arden Hills Club just before it closed and have been at the St. Paul Curling Club since."

 

What he enjoys most about curling: "The strategy and meeting and partying with other curlers from different parts of the country and world."

 

Other sports: Softball, basketball, fishing, tennis

 

Curling goals: "To win Nationals and represent the U.S. at the World Championships or Olympics. I also hope to watch and/or coach my daughter at the World Championships some day, if I can get her interested in curling."

 

Training: "I just practice as much as I can given my 60-hour-a-week job and family commitments. I stay active and play a lot of different sports to stay in shape."

 

Curling strengths: "I think strategy and reading the ice is something I have really developed over the past several years and excel at for a person of my age. I also feel I am fairly consistent player and can throw about any type of curling shot."

 

Favorite curling moment: "Scoring an 8-ender in February 2003 for the first time in my life. Beating my dad in two club championship finals. See Pete Westberg's favorite memory for another classic."

 

Something unique: "I am a personal injury attorney or as most of you call it an 'ambulance chaser.' I made partner in my law firm after just four and a half years and was also the youngest super lawyer named by Minnesota Law & Politics in 2000. I have tried approximately 20 civil cases to a jury and after losing my first couple I am about 16-2 with a $1.5 million verdict in October 2003. I also represented two curling teams against the USCA when I believed there were major mistakes made by the organization."

 

 
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