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SKATER PROMOTES SWEEPSTAKES, DRUG FIGHT

When figure-skating champion Jill Trenary walked into the Deseret News offices, she was just as charming and confident as she was when she stepped onto the ice at the Salt Palace two years ago. At that time she was going for the gold in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

But this time she was here on other business.First, she was promoting the Sports Fantasy Camp Sweepstakes, which is part of Sudafed's sponsorship of the Women's Sports Foundation, a non-profit education organization dedicated to enhancing the sports experience for all females. Later that day, she visited Smith's Food and Drug Store, 876 E. 800 South, to launch the in-store promotion of the sweepstakes.

Accompanying Trenary at the interview were Denny Bailly, West Coast area manager for Burroughs Wellcome Co., manufacturers of Sudafed cold and sinus products.

Also with her was Jamie Stephens, business manager for Mancini & Groesbeck Inc. He said the entry forms for the Sudafed contest are now available at Smith's Food & Drug centers.

The winner from the Smith chain, with stores in seven Western states, will fly to Boca Raton, Fla., for a Sports Fantasy Weekend and will have a chance to swim, cycle, auto race, play tennis and do aerobics with star athletes and Olympians. For details, look for the in-store displays at Smith's.

Second, Trenary was here to talk about drug abuse. She met with Gov. Norm Bangerter to announce "The Guide to Fight Substance Abuse Campaign." Later she visited the Boys and Girls Club, 968 E. Sugarmount Drive, to address 120 children on the importance of fitness and a drug-free environment as key ingredients for a healthy lifestyle.

"It's important that kids learn at a young age to get involved in athletics," she said. "If they do, there is less likelihood that they will be out on the streets and involved in drugs."

One could not find a better young woman to promote this. Trenary is charismatic, articulate and personable.

Many fans were disappointed when Trenary didn't compete in this year's Winter Olympics. What many of them didn't know was that she injured an ankle in 1991 and underwent two surgeries. This prevented her from performing during the remainder of last year as well as participating in the Olympics.

The good news is that the surgeries were successful. She's back on the ice and will soon be skating as one of the top skaters in the 1992 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions (April 4 through June 26). The troupe will perform in the Delta Center on Monday, May 25.

Some of the other skaters performing will include Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan, Surya Bonaly, Viktor Petrenko, Paul Wylie, Peter Barna and Olympic and world-champion ice dancers and pair skaters.

Trenary has fond memories of Salt Lake City. She captured the gold in the U.S. Nationals at the Salt Palace in 1990. (Yamaguchi won the silver, and Bountiful's Holly Cook got the bronze).

"I've never felt better about myself," Trenary said after the performance. "This is the best I've ever skated - by far." The 6.0 scores confirmed that.

Five years ago, in 1987, Trenary placed first in the U.S. national competition; the next year, second. But in '89 and '90, she was No. 1. She was the first skater since 1936 to win a title, lose it and then come back to win two in a row. She was also the top woman skater in the 1990 World Championships.

In 1988, Trenary placed fourth in the Winter Olympics. Asked if she plans to compete in the 1994 Olympics, she was non-committal. But a twinkle came to her eye when she said, "Well, I'm still an eligible athlete for the Olympics." So keep your fingers crossed. If her ankle gives her no more problems and if she suffers no other injury between now and 1994, she just might be skating for the gold.

Trenary was born in Minnetonka, Minn. But for the past eight years she has been training in Colorado Springs. Recently she bought a home there.

As far as long-term goals go, she doesn't hesitate to express her interest in broadcasting. She said she'd like to be a sports commentator and/or teach figure skating.

No matter what profession she decides upon, she'll pursue it with the same determination and vigor as she has done with skating until she finds herself at the top.