Today, decades later, René has: won five world championships; toured the world as a coach and featured performer for the renowned Cirque du Soleil; appeared on television, in feature films, and on thousands of stages; provided color commentary for ESPN; and, created her own business with a mission of youth motivation and fitness.
Like most of people, I was exposed to the fun activity of rope jumping at a very early age. “I can still vividly recall the day in my driveway when dad taught me proper form – one jump, one spin of the rope. I was five years old.”
Today, decades after that first lesson from my dad, I complete my tax return by writing “Professional Rope Jumper” in the space requesting “occupation.”
A Creation of Athlete, Entertainer and Motivational Speaker
Rene is a five-time world champion, ESPN commentator and former artist and coach of Cirque Du Soleil. She is an educator, motivational speaker and entertainer with a special focus on youth fitness and specialty performances. Rene is also an articulate speaker who excels at sharing the benefits of the single best fitness tool available – the jump rope.
“My elementary school physical education teacher was starting a jump rope team called The Hot Dogs,” says Rene. “Well, I really wanted to be a member, but I wasn’t one of the kids invited to be on the team that year. There’s another contemporary athlete who was cut from his first team – Michael Jordan. And just like Mr. Jordan, Rene turned the experience from defeat into determination.
"I HAD A COACH NAMED BOB MELSON"
1) Don’t compare yourself to others – just work at your own level;
2) Don’t worry about mistakes;
3) Always give it your best. The next year, I made the team. And Coach Melson’s lessons have lasted a lifetime. “
Rene’s Hot Dog Team became one of the premiere performance jump rope teams in the country. They toured the United States on behalf of the American Heart Association’s Jump For Heart Program. Rene also traveled to many foreign countries, appeared on countless television programs and performed at many high-profile events. Rene recalls shaking hands with Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show when she was junior high.