USA Curling

 Position:    Second
 Teammates:    Heath McCormickChris Plys, Colin Hufman
 Hometown:    Minneapolis, Minn.
 Age:     43
 Occupation:    Attorney with Terry, Slane & Ruohonen
 Education:    Bachelor of arts in economics and political science from Hamline University; juris  doctor from Hamline
 Family:    Married to Sherry, two children
 Year started curling:    1981

CURLING HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Men's Championship: 2008 (7th)
  • U.S. National Championships: 2014 (3rd), 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: 2014 (4th), 2010, 2006 (5th)
  • Continental Cup: 2008 (runner-up)
  • Karuizawa International Bonspiel: 2011 (silver)

2013-14 Competition Schedule:

Dates  Event  Location  Results 
Sept. 6-8  Stu Sells Oakville Tankard  Oakville, ON  2-2 
Sept. 19-22  Shorty Jenkins Classic  Brockville, ON  4-2, quarterfinals 
Oct. 4-6  St. Paul Cashspiel  St. Paul, MN  6-2, runner-up 
Oct. 11-14  Stu Sells Toronto Tankard  Toronto, ON  1-3 
Oct. 30-Nov. 2  Masters of Curling  Abbotsford, BC  0-4
Nov. 10-17  2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials  Fargo, ND  4-4, 3rd place 
Jan. 3-5  Four Seasons Cashspiel  Blaine, MN 4-2, quarterfinals
March 1-8  2014 U.S. National Championships  Philadelphia, PA  7-4, 3rd 
       

About Rich Ruohonen:

Curls out of: St. Paul Curling Club, St. Paul, Minn., and Four Seasons Curling Club, Blaine, 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 to curling. Meeting great people from all over the world. Oh, and being old and still being able to play at a high level.


Curling goals: To represent the United States at the Olympics and to win another National Championship.  I also hope to watch and/or coach my daughter at the World Championship or the Olympics someday.   

Other sports: Softball, basketball, fishing, tennis

 

Training: Three days a week in 5:45 in the morning, I do spin class and then I lift weights the other two days.  On the weekend if I am not curling I try to go for a long bike ride or jog, although it does not always happen.   I also practice as much as I can when we are not playing in a bonspiel somewhere.  I also play three leagues (2 on one night at the St. Paul Curling Club and one at the Four Seasons Curling Club) starting in October and played in one league all summer at the new Four Seasons Curling Club which has ice year round.

 

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: Winning the National Championship and playing at the World Championship and the Continental Cup.