Rocky Marval

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Rocky Marval
Personal information
Full name Rocco Marvaldi
Country represented United States
Born (1965-11-11) November 11, 1965 (age 48)
Trenton, New Jersey
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Former partner Calla Urbanski, Natasha Kuchiki, Maria Lako
Former coach Ronald Ludington
Former training locations Wilmington, Delaware
Retired 1994

Rocco Marvaldi,[1] known professionally as Rocky Marval, (born November 11, 1965)[2] is an American former pair skater. With Calla Urbanski, he is the 1991 Skate America champion, the 1992 NHK Trophy bronze medalist, and a two-time U.S. national champion (1992–1993). They represented the United States at the 1992 Winter Olympics and finished tenth.

Personal life[edit]

Marval worked as a truck driver during his skating career, having established a small trucking company with his brother in the early 1980s.[3] He married Canadian pair skater Isabelle Brasseur.[2] Their daughter, Gabriella Marvaldi, is the 2012 U.S. juvenile pairs champion, with partner Kyle Hogeboom.[4]

Career[edit]

Marval teamed up with Calla Urbanski in 1990. They were coached by Ronald Ludington in Wilmington, Delaware.[3] The media dubbed the pair "The Waitress and the Truck Driver" because of their occupations.[5] In the 1991–92 season, Urbanski/Marval won gold at the 1991 Skate America and at the 1992 U.S. Championships. They were named in the U.S. team to the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and finished tenth. Both developed chest colds at the event and waited a day for medication because the approved type had initially run out.[6] The pair placed seventh in the final event of the season, the 1992 World Championships.

In June 1992, Urbanski and Marval announced the end of their partnership.[7] Both arranged tryouts with other skaters — Urbanski with Scott Kurttila and Marval with Natasha Kuchiki — but the two decided to reunite in late July.[8] They competed together for one more season, winning bronze at the 1992 NHK Trophy and their second U.S. national title.

Marval teamed up with Kuchiki in late 1993.[9] They finished fourth at the 1994 U.S. Championships, missing the 1994 Olympic team. Marval then reunited with Urbanski and turned professional. In 1998, the pair placed third at the World Professional Championships.

Marval is the director of skating at the Igloo Ice Rink in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Results[edit]

With Maria Lako[edit]

Event 1989 1990
U.S. Championships 11th 7th

With Calla Urbanski[edit]

International
Event 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93
Winter Olympics 10th
World Championships 9th 7th 8th
Skate America 7th 1st 4th
International de Paris 4th
NHK Trophy 3rd
Nations Cup 4th
National
U.S. Championships 2nd 1st 1st

With Natasha Kuchiki[edit]

Event 1994
U.S. Championships 4th

Professional[edit]

  • 1994 Challenge of Champions: 4
  • 1994 Goodwill Games: 6
  • 1994 U.S. Open: 3
  • 1995 Challenge of Champions: 2
  • 1995 Legends Championships: 4
  • 1995 Rider's Skating Championship: 4
  • 1996 Canadian Professional Championships: 4
  • 1996 Masters Miko: 3
  • 1996 The Professional Championships: 5
  • 1996 U.S. Professional Championships: 3
  • 1997 Challenge of Champions: WD
  • 1998 World Professional Championships: 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hersh, Phil (March 5, 1991). "Life Begins At 30 For Calla". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ a b "Rocky Marval". Sports Reference. 
  3. ^ a b Hersh, Phil (December 26, 1991). "Skater Figures Charity Begins At Home". Chicago Tribune. 
  4. ^ Nagy, Julia (December 13, 2011). "Marvaldi and Hogeboom find mirth in victory". Ice Network. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Glauber, Bill (January 7, 1992). "Ice skates, blue collars Trucker Marval, waitress Urbanski chase Olympics". Baltimore Sun. 
  6. ^ Jeansonne, John (February 10, 1992). "It's Cold Comfort For Pair Ailing, nervous Rocky-Calla 7th". Newsday. 
  7. ^ Harvey, Randy (June 4, 1992). "U.S. Pairs Skating Champions Separate". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Hersh, Phil (August 30, 1992). "Urbanski, Marval Melt Ice, Reunite". Chicago Tribune. 
  9. ^ Harvey, Randy (January 9, 1994). "Awarding of Final Pairs Berth Creates Furor". Los Angeles Times. 

Further reading[edit]

  • BLADES on ice Vol 5. No.2 page 45