Protravel reports that Account Executive Rob Rosenbluth has been designated as an official judge for the figure skating competition at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which will be held February 7-24, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Rosenbluth is one of only 19 individuals in the United States qualified to judge the Olympics, Protravel reports; an unprecedented five skating events are scheduled to commence February 6 and conclude February 22.
“Just as the Rosenbluth name is synonymous with travel, so, too, is figure skating with every Winter Olympiad,” said Priscilla Alexander, president of Protravel International. “While everyone will certainly be cheering the figure skating competition at this year’s games, all of us at Protravel will be eagerly anticipating the scores from our very own Rob Rosenbluth, a veteran of both the travel industry and international ice skating competitions.”
“It’s an extraordinary honor to be serving as a judge at the 2014 Winter Olympics, especially since figure skating is my other great passion alongside travel,” said Rosenbluth.
Rosenbluth’s personal journey to Sochi followed two distinct tracks – one in travel and the other in figure skating. While his two tracks ran mostly parallel, they occasionally intersected.
In 1986, he began working for his family’s renowned travel company, Rosenbluth International. Four years later, Rosenbluth became a national figure skating judge; he then became an international judge in 1997. In 2001, not long after leaving his family’s company, he became an International Skating Union (ISU) judge. Rosenbluth has since judged two World Championships, a World Team Trophy, three Grand Prix Finals, a Junior World Championship and four Four Continents Championships. After concurrently spending a number of years providing consultation within the travel industry, he formally joined Protravel International in 2009 as an account manager working with clients on all their travel needs.
One key intersection of Rosenbluth’s two careers occurred in 1998, when he traveled as a judge with the first U.S. Figure Skating team to visit China; he was specifically selected to participate because Rosenbluth International had just opened an office there, and he was able to assist in facilitating logistics for the team.
“Over the course of the past year alone, Rob’s skating schedule has taken him to Sochi, Moscow, Tokyo, Osaka, Paris, Mexico City and countless cities throughout the United States,” added Alexander. “We’re very proud to have him as part of our Protravel family and wish him every success in Sochi.”
Tickets to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia went on sale earlier this year. Fans interested in attending the Sochi Games also will be able to choose from a variety of packages that combine tickets with hotel stays or hospitality services.
Ahead of the games, Sochi is ramping up its hotel offerings.
Sochi's hotel capacity will be increased several times over to accommodate an expected extra 42,000 guests.
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