August 12, 2015

Our pick for the best skater in the world ...

I had lunch with a former skater and ice show mentor when I visited the Twin Cities and much of our discussion came back to one skater.  We were both gushing, since he's a hometown boy.  I've never met him, but I've written about him, written to him, and have had the pleasure of seeing him skate live. 

If you were able to get to "Quiet As It's Kept" in May in Minneapolis or caught this beauty of a program, "A Journey to Solace" performed in June at the American Ice Theatre, then you would know we were talking about Rohene Ward.

Currently, he may be better known as Jason Brown's choreographer. 

And that's our pick for the best skater in the world at this time.  And perhaps for all time?  (Okay, that last part may be hard to declare, but it often gets me wondering when we'll hit peak skating) but for now ... we think Rohene's the best.  Seriously. 

Now I don't mean in a true, competitive, let's tally up the Code of Points (CoP) kind of way - more in an overall, performer-meets-athelete on the ice kind of way.  If you want to start the discussion, I'm cool with that, but before you say he doesn't even compete anymore/he can't be better than the Olympic or World champion ... I would say, he can do his doubles and triples both ways.  Can anyone else do that?

So there you go, I've included a You Tube video of the program where I first saw him skate.  I was in awe, but if you search for Rohene on You Tube, you'll be rewarded with a dozen different programs.

You're welcome. 

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