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Athlete, Olympic Medalist, & Bestselling Author Ronda Rousey in Conversation with Kru Hope Vitellas of Short North Muay Thai

April 7 @ 6:00 pm EDT

Athlete, Olympic Medalist, & Bestselling Author Ronda Rousey in Conversation with Kru Hope Vitellas of Short North Muay Thai

SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH AT 6:30 PM ET AT THE COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN (CCAD) JOSEPH V. CANZANI AUDITORIUM

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet/take a photo with Ronda after the event. Ticket-bundled books will be available for pick up at the event. Additional books will also be available for purchase at the event.

ABOUT

OUR FIGHT

From New York Times bestselling author and trailblazing athlete Ronda Rousey, an unfiltered chronicle of loss, resilience and finding meaning in life’s journey.

From the moment she burst onto the MMA scene, Ronda Rousey was unbeatable. She repeatedly strung together back-to-back flawless victories, racking up a collection of records and forever changing the face of sports as the UFC’s first female champion. A superstar in her sport, she transcended athletics, appearing in blockbuster films and becoming a role model for women everywhere. Then, on November 15, 2015, it all came crashing down.

In OUR FIGHT, Rousey explores the greatest challenge of her life and, ultimately, how she rebuilt her life into something better in the aftermath. She recounts how she replaced her pursuit of perfection with the pursuit of happiness and found an opportunity in disguise amongst the wreckage. Following Rousey’s relatable journey, OUR FIGHT is a courageous narrative of career changes, marriage, motherhood, and facing your fears.

AUTHOR RONDA ROUSEY

Ronda Rousey has completely transformed the world of martial arts, beginning with a historic bronze medal showing in judo in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and, most notably, a record-setting career as the UFC’s first and most dominant female fighter and Bantamweight Champion. She was the first woman inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, in 2018, the same year she exploded onto the WWE scene, catapulting the women’s division towards its first WrestleMania main event in history. The self-proclaimed “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, Baddest Woman on the Planet, returned to the WWE in January of 2022, four months after giving birth to her daughter, La’akea, to win the Royal Rumble. During her time in WWE, she held the Raw, SmackDown, and multiple Tag Team titles. Rousey is also a New York Times bestselling author, the most-followed female athlete on social media, and an actress who has appeared in both the Fast and the Furious and The Expendables franchises.

CO-AUTHOR MARIA BURNS ORTIZ

Maria Burns Ortiz is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning sports journalist. Maria spent over a decade in sports media, including seven years as a writer and columnist for ESPN.com, and was the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Emerging Journalist of the Year. She is a teaching artist on the topic of memoir writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband and three kids.

MODERATOR KRU HOPE VITELLAS

Kru Hope is the owner of Short North Muay Thai, one of Central Ohio’s most distinguished martial arts schools. Throughout the late nineties, Kru Hope entered and won 13 fights, and taught Muay Thai in New York City at Crunch Gym. In 2001, Hope competed at the world championships for the US Muay Thai team, and went on as one of only two women to fight in Thailand. The mission of Kru Hope’s school, Short North Muay Thai, is to bring out the very best in each student so they can realize their ultimate potential. To date, several of her students have won national titles. Her goal, her focus, and her training style are designed to develop mind, heart, and body—the essence of the Muay Thai Warrior Spirit.

Details

Date:
April 7
Time:
6:00 pm EDT
Website:
https://www.thurberhouse.org/spring-events-2024/ronda-rousey

Organizer

Thurber House
Phone
614-464-1032
Email
thurberhouse@thurberhouse.org
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Venue

CCAD – Canzani Center Auditorium
60 Cleveland Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215
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Phone
(614) 224-9101
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