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Five favorite things with Ross Miner

Miner loves Casablanca, Beatles and books by Papa

Ross Miner loves his Hemingway, healthy food and classic movies.
Ross Miner loves his Hemingway, healthy food and classic movies. (Getty Images)

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(05/17/2011) - U.S. bronze medalist Ross Miner skated two clean programs at the 2011 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow, earning an 11th-place finish. The Bostonian (by way of Vermont) chalks up his success to an improved training regime. "After the [2010-11] Grand Prix season, I changed my perception of what hard work was," Miner says.

Now, the 20-year-old will work to add a quadruple Salchow to his programs. Mark Mitchell, who with Peter Johansson coaches Miner at the Skating Club of Boston, thinks 2011-12 could be a breakout year for his skater. "I've waited seven years for this," Mitchell said. "Ross is serious and committed. I think he can do it."

What's your favorite movie?

Well, obviously Casablanca, since that was my free program [the 2010-11 season]. But my second favorite is a German movie, Lives of Others, about a playwright and a Stasi agent. My dad grew up in Germany, and when he watched that movie, it was the first time I had ever seen him cry. My grandparents still live in Mannheim.

How about a book?

It's a tie between For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Sun Also Rises, probably the The Sun Also Rises. I'm a big Hemingway fan, I like his style. I don't want to call it terse, but it's economical, and the books take place in cool time periods.

What's on your iPod?

The Beatles. My favorite album is Rubber Soul.

You're going to be shot at dawn -- what's your last meal?

I eat healthy, but I don't watch too much what I eat. I'll say something my mother cooks, her chicken pot pie.

Any hobbies?

I love playing tennis, I love hanging out in Boston and seeing all the cultural stuff.