Link to the 1 hour+ interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxoeUC9N8dAFour years ago, Mary Beth Marley was a rising star in the sport. After just missing the 2010 National Championships, Mary Beth took up pairs skating and teamed up with Rockne Brubaker. Before long, Mary Beth was competing against the very best skaters in the world. Pressure and personal difficulties soon followed. In our interview with Mary Beth, she discusses her rapid ascent in the sport, the personal issues she faced, her reasons for leaving the sport and her positive outlook for the future.
At around the 30-min. mark, Mary Beth talks about how she decided to leave her partnership and the sport a year ago when the physical and mental toll (from a lifelong struggle with perfectionism (ETA: she never actually said "eating disorder")/issues of self-control) was becoming too much to bear and was starting to affect her skating/daily training. She says that things got a lot worse after she stopped skating before she could embark on a full recovery process. Today she is working with Chicago area coach Mary Alice Antensteiner, choreographing for her students, skating for herself, and keeping the door open to the possibility of competing again in the future. She credits Antensteiner for playing a big part in her recovery.
"A look into a day in the life of Mary Beth Marley as she continues her recovery and embarks on a return to the sport." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1HIaorPioc (3 mins.)