2014 Olympics: Madisonian to Judge Olympic Figure Skating

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

POSTED February 6, 2014-- 6:05 p.m.

"I was hooked the moment I started," said Olympic figure skating judge, Robert Rosenbluth.

Rosenbluth threw on skates at three years old. By his teens he was already in national figure skating competitions.

"I competed at the National Collegiate Championship in 1985. I also got second that year at the World University Games" said Rosenbluth.

It was in college that rosenbluth became a judge.

"In 1991, I judged first National Championship at 27, and at the time I was one of the youngest national judges in the country," said Rosenbluth.

He went on to judge about six National Championships, four Four Continents, One Junior World, and two World Championships. Now in 2014, he'll be judging the ultimate figure skating competition at the Olympics in Socci, and that opportunity doesn't come easy. Rosenbluth is one of just 19 eligible in the United States.

"You normally only get one shot at the Olympics judging," said Rosenbluth.

With five categories, judges have to pay attention to every detail.

"They mark skating skills how the skater skates, the movement, how their performance is, the choreography, how they interpret their music," explained Rosenbluth.

Rosenbluth calls figure skating the marquee sport of the Olympics and what becomes, for these athletes, a full time job-- many of them starting as a kid and skating about six hours a day.

"It's pretty athletic to do seven or eight triple jumps or quad jumps. It takes a tremendous amount of energy," said Rosenbluth.

Even at his level, Rosenbluth takes time to work with skaters right here in Madison.

"I'll come in and look at their skaters going off to competitions," said Rosenbluth. "I love skating. I'm really passionate about it."

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