Like many boys in Canada, Tran was put on to the ice by his parents to play hockey. “But at the hockey camp, the coach said that we need to learn to skate before we start playing hockey,” he recalled. “So we went into the “CanSkate” program that we have in Canada. After I did all the levels, I just started figure skating.” And he stuck with it and skated singles in Saskatchewan.
Meanwhile, Takahashi moved to China when she was nine years old as her father started working there. She continued as a single skater, but soon discovered pairs. “I saw Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao and other pairs,” she explained. “I liked them. Also, to do pairs in China has a very high status.” She switched to pairs when she was 12 and skated for one year with a Chinese, Yu Gao.
However, in order to pursue her career, Takahashi and the Japanese Federation decided that she should move to Canada. “I knew that Richard (Gauthier) was a very good coach. He had Olympic Champions. I chose Canada because of Richard. The (Japanese) federation asked me ‘how about Richard’. I said, ‘I know that coach. Let’s find a partner in Canada,’” the lively skater summed up. She moved with her mom to Montreal in 2007.