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Five favorite things with Takahashi and Tran

Tran is an avid 'Dexter' fan; Takahashi eats any kind of ice cream she can

Narumi Takahashi of Japan knows partner Mervin Tran's interest in <i>Dexter</i> is perfectly fine.
Narumi Takahashi of Japan knows partner Mervin Tran's interest in Dexter is perfectly fine. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(05/21/2012) - Japanese pairs skaters Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran put together the best season of their young careers, effectively making the leap from junior to senior in 2011-12. The highlight of their season was capturing bronze at the 2012 World Championships.

Takahashi was born in Japan and spent the bulk of her childhood there, while Tran is a native of Canada. Still, his strong Japanese roots allow them to connect culturally both on and off the ice, and they have each spent time in both countries.

Icenetwork.com: What kind of music do you like?

Takahashi: I'm not a huge music fan, so I don't like much. One singer I do like is Adele. This year, I did Stars on Ice and I liked all of the music from the show because I have good memories. I like to download the music that was used in shows to bring back the good memories.

Tran: It's a hard pick. I'm going to say the most played CD in my car is Matchbox 20. I like to belt out to it sometimes when I'm by myself. Or maybe in front of Narumi when she is stuck with me in the car.

Icenetwork.com: What's your favorite movie?

Takahashi: I like to watch Japanese movies, even on the airplanes. I speak so much in English, so when I sit and watch a movie, I like to listen to the Japanese.

Tran: I watch a lot of movies. My favorite, off the top of my head, is Thank you for Smoking. It's really funny.

Icenetwork.com: What are your favorite books?

Takahashi: I like to read, but I usually read Japanese books. I have to read English books for school, like when I was in high school in Canada.

Tran: I'm a fan of the Dexter series. I hope people don't think bad of me because of that. It's a little dark and morbid, but I'm all over them. I also like the TV show. It's cool because the show goes away from the books after the first season so it's two different storylines.

Icenetwork.com: What's your favorite food?

Takahashi: My favorite food is definitely ice cream. Vanilla is my favorite. But I will eat any ice cream I can get.

Tran: I eat a lot, so it's hard to pick just one thing. I like meat, overall, especially red meat. If it's a style of cooking, I prefer Asian and usually something spicy.

Icenetwork.com: Where are your favorite places to travel?

Takahashi: I like America, New York. I have been there once. The buildings and Times Square, they are so amazing.

Tran: I like Central America. I like to be on the beach, maybe the Dominican Republic or Cuba. I enjoy getting away from everything, giving my feet a rest and enjoying the sand.