JUDO INTERVIEW: Wim Ruska (1992)

JUDO INTERVIEW: Wim Ruska (1992)


He went by train, via Moscow and Vladivostok to Japan, without having a return ticket Eight years later the Olympics were held in Germany where my guest was present But eventhough he won gold twice in judo, he’s still not sure how he should look back on the tournament Please applaud for the great twofold Olympic champion: Wim Ruska! At 15 you started work at sea.. ..at 16 you joined the Navy.. were you a trouble maker? I think so, yes!Yes I think so, absolutely.. In what way? I was eh…. well I was born in a certain environment so to speak.. ..where thas very little money around. Where there was actually nothing, no toys, nothing. We didn’t play soccer with a ball outside we used a newspaper wrapped up into a ball held together by using rubber bands, or the inside tire of a bike.. And the whole street would play with it If you grow up with these kind of things you start to come up with things to make life a bit better than it was.. and you can fill in the blanks I think.. And there were very few people ordering you around in your street? What you could, and could not do? I think that in principle, I’m a very stubborn person Then why would you join the Navy?? No, but that was it.. I really wanted to sail and my first trip was to Norrkoping and we had a student on board who had finished high school. Smart guy, 18 or 19 years old I was 14 at the time, maybe 15 and that guy started ordering me around but I felt it was my job and for him it was more of a holiday trip so when he said to me “pick up that rope” Why, is something wrong with your hands? Let me see.. So that went from having words into a bit of a fight.. that man was … a couple of years older And he had not learned THAT in high school.. but not stronger.. because I was able to take him on But unfortunately that man was a litte re-arranged, in his face so to speak and the captain was displeased with that so when we returned to Amsterdam dropped off on the shore, I had to leave I had a second father, who had served with the Navy and he said “if you want to sail so bad, why not join the Navy?” You get clothing and you are certain to make some money Just sign up for 6 years.. So I joined, but after 3 months I wanted to leave already I was not a soldier ofcours, not at all But if you hadn’t requested to leave within the first 3 months then the 6 years became effective

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