When Rich moved in with my family in 1972, my father got him a part-time job and we skated every day at Iceland in Paramount and at other rinks in southern California. Our coach was Darlene Gilbert, who, since then, has trained several very good ice dance teams.
I remember starting skating daily at at 6:00 AM and skating until 8:00 AM and having a lesson daily at our ice dancing at 7:00 AM.
I remember getting ready for school and putting make-up on and doing homework in the car as Rich drove back to Arcadia so I could go to school and he could go to work.
I left school at 12:15 PM and then picked Rich up at 12:45, so we could make a 1:45 practice session at Paramount.
We'd skate all afternoon and leave the Paramount rink at about 5:00 PM to drive to an ice dancing session somewhere in Los Angeles by 6:00 PM.
We worked hard that year, and went to Colorado to compete since Rich represented The Denver Figure Skating Club. We came in LAST that year in everything we competed in, but returned back to Los Angeles willing to continue to work hard and give the following skating season a try.