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    Rich Ruohonen
Age: 48
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota
Resides: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Throws: Right
Profession: Attorney, Terry, Slane & Ruohonen/ TSR Injury Law
High School: Spring Lake Park High School
College/University: Hamline University
In Own Words:
I am married to Sherry and have two kids Hannah (age 12) and Nicholas (age 9). I am a partner in a Bloomington, Minnesota firm called TSR Injury Law with 10 lawyers. Our website is and we help people who have been injured in accidents of all types. Besides curling, I enjoy playing competitive softball in the summer. I now spend my summers at our cabin in Annandale, MN, and helping coach my daughter in fastpitch softball and my son in baseball. I also coach my daughters curling team. I also enjoy fishing, basketball, biking, tennis and generally all sports.

I started curling in 5th grade when I moved back to the Twin Cities area to live with my dad. I started on Saturday mornings in Junior curling at the St. Paul Curling Club and have been playing ever since.

Curling is a very important part of my life. It takes a big commitment to represent your country in the World Championships as it takes significant time away from your job and family. However, once you get there as we did last year, it makes all the practice and weekends away worthwhile.

Curling Highlights:
2008 United States National Champion, runner-up in 2011 and 2013.

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Questions and Answers

Who\What introduced you to Curling?
My father was from Gilbert which is a town the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota. Curling is big up there and when he moved down to the Twin Cities area he started curling at the Arden Hills Curling Club (which no longer exists) and now we have been members of the St. Paul Curling Club for over 25 years. I am also a member at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, MN.

What is your career highlight to date?
Winning the 2008 United States World Trials in Hibbing, Minnesota and representing the United States at the 2008 World Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

What is one shot you would like to try again?
There are too many to count.

Who was influential in your curling development?

What is your favourite sport other then curling?
Football and basketball.

What is your most embarrassing moment on the curling ice?
Having my knee popping out while sweeping and falling on the rock as a result and paramedics coming to check me out during the Olympic Trials in the early 90s.

What is your earliest curling memory?
Junior Curling on Saturday mornings taught by Mike Rugg at the St. Paul Curling Club in the early 80s

What kind of Training Regimen do you follow?
I do spin class three days a week if my work schedule permits. I life weights in the other two days and also bike as much as possible in the summer on the trails by my house. I also play two league games on Tuesday nights and one on Wednesday nights and practice as much as possible when we are not curling in bonspiels.

What are your curling strengths?
Throwing doubles.

What kind of goals have you set for yourself?
To win another National Championship, medal at Worlds and to make it to the Olympics.

Do others in your Family curl?
My dad and my daughter curl and we curl on the same team on Wednesday nights at the Four Seasons Curling club.

What do you enjoy most about curling?
The people.

Other Olympic Sport you'd like to try?

What would you like others to know about curling?
That is is much tougher than it looks. Come out and try.

Place you'd like to build a curling club?
In my backyard, but Blaine is close enough for now.

Who are your favourite athlete/heros?
Kirby Puckett

What other sports do you play?
Softball, basketball, tennis, golf and enjoy fishing if that is considered a sport.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a trial attorney and arguing a case to a jury is something I am pretty good at, although some people might say that talent is not hidden as I ague with them all the time.

What is the best advice you've ever received?
Say what is on your mind rather than hold it in.

Name one thing that's in your bucket list?

What sporting event would you most like to attend?
The Superbowl with the Minnesota Vikings playing in it (probably will never happen)

What do you wish you were better at?

Person past or present you would most like to have dinner with?

What is your favourite movie?
Animal House, Caddyshack, Naked Gun, Dumb and Dumber, Happy Gilmore, Fight Club

What are your favourite television shows?
The Daily Show

What is your favourite music? Groups?
Aerosmith, Nickelback and generally 80s Rock.

Where would you like to spend a week's vacation?

What hobbies do you have?
Spend time with my kids

Any Nicknames?
Dr. Double, Dick

What's your Education background?
BA Hamline University, Major: Economics and Political Science, Minor: Philosophy

What is your favourite food?
Pizza and ice cream

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