For the first year that Ryan Dunk tried his hand — or, more appropriately, feet — at ice skating, the 8-year-old wore rented skates because his mother fretted about whether it was simply a phase.
“It’s nice to try things, but I wanted to make sure,” Terri Dunk recalled.
Ryan Dunk understood her stance, even if it meant some ridicule from fellow skaters.
“Some of the other kids would say snobby things like, ‘You don’t have real skates. So you shouldn’t do this jump,’ ” he remembered. “So that was kind of embarrassing.”
Ten years later, Dunk, who was born in Towson and hails from White Hall, is now one of the most popular figures of the American figure skating...