The Skating Rink (1975)

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Teenaged farm boy Tucker "Tuck" Holland (Stewart Petersen) is shy and lonely, afraid that he will be ridiculed because he stutters. As he walks home from school -- alone, as usual -- Tuck notices a construction site, where a new skating rink is being built. For the next several weeks, he hangs around the site, eagerly anticipating the rink's opening. Sure enough, once the building has gone up and Tuck has strapped on his skates, he manages to overcome his shyness and reticence by becoming a champion on the ice -- and absolutely no one cares that he still has trouble getting his words out! This ABC Afterschool Special is based on a novel by Bob Rodgers, and features Ron Howard's father, Rance Howard, as Tuck's dad.