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How to make trans-Pacific flights go faster

Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre danced their way to bronze at the U.S. Championships.
Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre danced their way to bronze at the U.S. Championships. (Paul Harvath)


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By Kimberly Navarro, special to
(02/10/2008) - I think I may have come up with a great idea that would make these long flights less uncomfortable and way more fun. I thought about it when I stood up to stretch and saw most of the other skaters doing the same. Wouldn't it be great if, prior to the flight, we could come up with a nicely choreographed floor program, something that could go up and down the aisles and around the lavatories?

It would solve so many of the common travel anxieties. We wouldn't get antsy from sitting for so long. We could tune-up our interpretation and expression skills prior to competition. And I think a lot of fellow passengers would appreciate a little live entertainment.

I ran the idea by Stephen Carriere, and he was game. We figured out that "Sexy Back" would be a good place to start, because a lot of us have used it for on-ice show programs already (including teammates Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent).

This led into a conversation about show program music. Stephen said he hoped Katrina Hacker would skate to Nelly Furtado's "Maneater," which sounded like an excellent idea and made me think that Stephen has a knack for picking out new music. I asked if he wouldn't mind making this his main priority while in Seoul -- finding new exhibition music for all the skaters. He could get to know us all, get to know our personalities and our skating types, and have new music picked out by the end of the week. He agreed, though I doubt he will really make it his "top priority."

After these conversations, two and a half movies, three airplane meals and 18 hours of flight, we have finally arrived in Seoul, South Korea. If only there had been an in-flight live performance by Team USA as well, the trip would have been perfect.