Russian Kate (??):
I met Rohre at Beach Worlds in 2011 in Italy. I watched her captaining Team USA and was very surprised by her inside fire, which fired up not just her teammates but everybody around her.
One year later I was in Seattle I suddenly came to my friend too early and got a chance to watch and listen a part of Riot captain’s meeting. I noticed efficient work of all four and Rohre style of work in particular.
During those 2.5 months in Seattle I’ve got several chances to work with famous Five and with Rohre and i have just very good impressions.
So when the idea of bringing female coaches to Russia was fixed in the plan, Rohre was the first who I talked to and invited to come. And she said “yes” immediately.
Rohre is a firework. It's like a firecracker, but with more color and sound. As her personality lights up, so do the people around her. It is truly special to be around Rohre as she works, as she plays ultimate, as she coaches, or as she draws together the community that surrounds her. She is charged to do her best. She is fluent in five different languages. She is enthusiastic because she cares. She notices the person who is getting left out, and she makes sure to include her. Even though Rohre is my younger sister, she still surprises me with her confidence, her bravery, and... her break mark throws!
Xtehn Titcomb, one of the older brothers, Seattle Sockeye, #2
- Date of birth: January 2nd 1988
- Place of birth: Seattle, WA
- Height: 5’6’’ or 170 cm
- Weight: 130 lbs, 59 kg
- University: Dartmouth College
- Rohre is an owner and manager of Five Ultimate.
I started playing ultimate when I was 10. My three older brothers Zahlen, Xtehn and Vehro were playing with their school’s team and I asked if I could join. Since then, I’ve played ultimate in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, China, the Philippines, Mexico, and now can’t wait to see what ultimate in Russia is like!
I always wear #4 because I’m the fourth sibling in my family.
I play on handler position because I have a wide variety of throws and love to break the mark. I often play defense because I am a good puller.
My favourite throw is my backhand huck!
Played for Hotchkiss and Andover in High school, played for Dartmouth College throughout university, and played my first year of club ultimate with Boston Brutesquad. Then I returned to my home city, Seattle, to play for Riot. I finally feel at home on my team!
I first played for Riot in 2010. I grew up in Seattle, and through my youth, high school, and college careers I always pictured myself moving back to play for Seattle Riot. Once I graduated from college I was finally able to make it a reality. I moved back, tried out, and haven’t looked back since.
Riot is an amazing team because it is great at accepting people for who they are. Instead of focusing on minimizing weaknesses, Riot focuses on embracing and maximizing players’ unique strengths. That’s why I love my team. Also, we have so much fun together—like many ultimate teams, we’re as close to family as it gets.
As a junior, I was also a captain of the 2004 national team. This experience was inspirational because it led me to love women’s ultimate. Before then, I had mostly played mixed ultimate because there weren’t many girls teams for high schoolers back then. After playing at worlds in Finland though, I worked harder to get more girls to play because I had so much fun playing just with girls (no offense, guys!).
In 2011 I was the captain of the US Women’s Beach National team. I loved this experience, but it was very challenging. A committee and I assembled the team, but no one knew each other or had played together until we arrived in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Captaining a team with so many different playing styles taught me the importance of listening and working hard to incorporate other perspectives when leading. We ended up winning to take gold, and I was very proud of how cohesively our team came together at the end, but it took a lot of hard work.
I am very proud that throughout my ultimate career I have always found ways to learn and improve. In the last two years, I’ve improved myself as a player, leader, coach, and organizer through being involved with Riot leadership. This past year in particular I expanded my strategic knowledge and leadership skills, and get to use those skills daily in my professional career and weekly in my coaching.
The recognition I’ve received for my on-field play is not really a focus for me. It’s more important to me that I be a good teammate, play my hardest, and improve from one year to the next. Here’s a quick rundown though:
- I was an on-field captain for the US Junior National team in 2004
- In 2009 I finished top 5 in the Callahan
- I made the all region team in college in 2008 and 2009
- I was captain of the US Beach Worlds team in 2011
- I was on Skyd starting seven in 2012
I have two most memorable tournaments:
- Paganello because beach ultimate is fun and because meeting players from all around the world and partying with them on the beach is amazing.
- WUCC Prague 2010 because I got to play against all the best players in the world. It made me a better player, and I loved meeting ultimate leaders and getting a glimpse into what ultimate is like in so many other countries.
I don’t really have any hobbies. Only sort-of… I love to ski, play with my dog Ruhki, and hang out with teammates.
I am one of the five siblings founders of Five Ultimate, so ultimate is my work too!
And colleagues of course love knowing that one of the owners of the company is very involved in the sport. (note: Zahlen played ultimate a lot anc captained Chinese team, Xtehn and Vehro captained Seattle Voodoo and play Seattle Sockeye since 2012, Qxhna played for Junior Team USA at Worlds in Ireland in 2012)
On the picture: Zahlen, Qxhna, Vehro, Rohre and Xtehn
Ultimate helps me a lot in other aspects of my life? Learning is one of the biggest reasons I play ultimate, so I love that I can take what I learn from leading my team and apply it to many other situations in my professional and personal life. Also, ultimate gives me opportunities to travel and I get to meet amazing people all over the world as a result.
I want to come to Russia because I love learning about ultimate communities around the world. There are many ways that our communities are similar and there are ways that they’re different. The fact that they’re similar gives ultimate players from all over a common ground—and this is what makes ultimate so special. And the differences are what make it possible for us to learn from each other and exchange ideas to make the entire ultimate community better.
I have coaching experience, but I’m excited to get more in Russia! II’ve been coaching a high school team for 3 years, have coach-captained Riot for 1 year, and just led a week-long series of clinics in Mexico.
I always learn something new at the camps. Every player has a different perspective on the sport, and coaching and playing with new people always opens my eyes to new ultimate nuances.
I want to do/try in Russia two specific things:
- A really good borscht
- The best Russian dance moves.
I’m sad to say I know very little about Russia, but I can’t wait to learn more. I’ll be sure to do some reading before I come, so if you have any suggestions, throw they my way!