Lucinda Ruh: Figure Skater
Lucinda Ruh was a figure skater from Switzerland. As a child, her parents moved around frequently. Her home bases included Paris France, and Tokyo, Japan. Her interests as a little girl included ballet, and of course, figure skating. At the tender age of seven, Lucinda recieved an invitation to join a top ballet company, but the talented child prodigy turned it down to focus primarily on her love for figure skating. Music and expression is at the heart of the art, and the sport. Lucinda was very musical as well. The talented young lady played the piano and cello. Understanding the formation of music can be key to interpreting it as well.
Training for a figure skater can be very difficult. Jumps are very important to the people who judge the sport. Sometimes, jumping is placed at such a high place in the sport, that the beauty and talent it takes to do other skills can be overlooked. When Ruh first began training in the sport, she greatly enjoyed learing and perfecting jumps. Most skaters begin training as very young children before many growth spurts or puberty takes place. When Lucinda's growth spurts happened she grew to be a very tall, 5'9. Most figure skaters are shorter in stature, this makes jumping easier for the athlete. Due to her change in height, Lucinda's jumping ability was never the same, and thus became a weakness rather than her strength.
Lucinda Ruh may not have had the triple jumps but she had something that set her apart from the pack. Lucinda is the best spinner the sport has ever seen. This is not taking creative writing liscence. The quality, position, speed, and revolution the skater got when spinning amazed everyone who ever saw her. The skater has cited that when she was spinning she felt as if she was in almost another world far away from the ice and audience watching her. Years later though, doctors and other medical experts are studying the former athlete to determine if the spinning is responsible for the many concussions she encountered, and whether any brain damage resulted from her wonderful skill.
Today, Lucinda has retired from the sport. She now coaches other young skaters in the art and technique of spinning. In 2011, she became a published author, and she is now the mother of twin daughters. Her lasting impact on the sport is still evident today.