The partners were regular medallists in junior competitions, but the highlight of their time together was a bronze medal in seniors at the 2012 world championships in Nice, France. The following summer, Takahashi suffered an injury that required surgery in October of 2012. As a result, the pair didn't compete that season.
Tran concentrated on his studies in mechanical engineering at McGill University, but he kept training to stay in shape for the day Takahashi returned.
In December, she visited Tran and their coaches in Montreal and dropped a bombshell: She was leaving the pairing.
Tran recalled that his now-ex-partner suggested that the two skaters weren't getting along and that she didn't like the way they trained. Eventually, the real reason for Takahaski's decision came out: She wanted to team up with a Japanese skater with the hope of trying to make it to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"I can respect that because that's what she wanted to do," said Tran, who would have had to get full Japanese citizenship to compete with Takahashi in Sochi. "The fact (the breakup) turned personal, after six years skating together, that wasn't too pleasant.
"But it was OK. I was over it. When she was recovering (from surgery), the (Olympic) thought crossed my mind. It wasn't a shock. I suspected it, but I didn't expect it to actually happen." Eager to continue his own career after the split, Tran told his coaches he wanted to find another partner. They settled on Purich.