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January 13, 1989 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-01-13

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a marriage," she says. "You
have to get along with each
other; you have to work with
each other and you have to
somehow develop a sixth
sense where you know that
your partner's there, so that
you guys are doing the same
thing in unison."
The "marriage" involves be-
ing personally as well as
athletically compatible. "It is
very important to develop a
relationship as friends off the
ice as well as on the ice," she
says. "My partner and I, we're
just learning that. We used to
have problems with that.
We've learned the hard way
that it is much easier to skate
with each other when you're
friends than when you're
enemies because you progress
more; you learn more things
and it's so much easier."
Attenson explains that the
psychology of pairs competi-
tion is different than in solo
skating.
"The dance world, it's all
different . . . We all helped
each other, as competitors. It's
much different than singles
because in singles you in-
timidate each other. You're
out there to play mind games
and to overpower one another.
With pairs, everybody's out
there to win, yes, but we're all
friends, we're all having a
great time." She says the
dancers help each other by of-
fering encouragement.
Attenson, who attends Bir-
mingham Seaholm High
School, goes to school from
7:40 a.m. to 12:49 p.m.
weekdays. She then has a
10-minute break to eat lunch
in the car as she's driven to
practice at the Skating Club.
She is on the ice about four
hours every weekday after-
noon. Attenson, Dalby and
Peal — a Chicagoan who stays
in the Detroit area on
weekdays to continue work-
ing with his coach and part-
ner — get evening ice-time
whenever possible.
When skating practice
ends, Attenson goes home for
dinner and to do homework.
"That's basically my day," she
says. She does not practice on
the weekends,
although?might be."
But Attenson holds on to
her dream, remembering the
advice a judge once gave to
her: "'Quitters never win and

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Jill Attenson: She wants to be as
good as the world champion
skaters she viewed as a child.

winners never quit: and she
said, 'You're a winner, so don't
ever quit.' " She also
treasures "the encourage-
ment of my parents (Myron
and Marilyn). They have just
done everything. They are
just the best when it comes to
this. They encourage me to go
out there and do my best.
They'll always be there for me
whether I don't do well or
whether I do great."
Although Attenson says her
school friends are "so suppor-
tive of my skating," she ad-
mits that "sometimes it's just
so aggravating; they're going
to all go out but I have to
skate. It gets to you every
once in a while, but if you
want it badly enough you're
going to just put up with this
. . . If you have to miss out on
a dance, if you have to miss
out on a party, it's all worth
it in the end."
Attenson finds satisfaction
in her skating "by doing my
best and by performing well
. . . just by seeing a happy face
on my parents."
While Attenson gazes long-
ingly toward the 1994 Winter
Olympics, she will begin
planning for the 1989 season
soon. She took one week off
following the Midwestern
Championships. She, Dalby
and Peal will likely stay
together for another season.
While Dalby says that At-
tenson is very good at the
"selling and exhibiting"
aspects of dance, she must
still work on technique. He
teases her by saying that she

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