Goodwin & Brent Bommentre
Goodwin and Brent Bommentre teamed up in the spring
of 2003. They capped their 2003/04 season with a
4th place finish at the 2004 US Nationals.
are from Lake Placid Ice Dancing Championships and
were taken by Michelle
did you start skating together?
known each other for a long time and I also knew that
she had broken up with her partner. So, I called
her and set up a try out. She was trying out
with multiple guys and chose me.
Brent gave me a call and asked me if I would tryout
with him. I had been trying out with other people
so I still wasn't sure what I was doing with my skating
so I accepted. The tryout went very well and the rest
do you feel about your performances and placement
at US Nationals?
that at nationals we skated great. No performance
is perfect and there are things that I wish I could
do over. For the time that we were working together
I thought our placement was incredible. I feel
that our placement was deserved, we worked very hard
to improve for nationals and it paid off.
This past year I was very happy with the way we performed
at nationals. After placing 4th after the od we were
both so excited because it was such a surprise to
be in that placement. Being in 4th place really didn't
sink into reality until after the freedance and receiving
my medal. We worked so hard in between our international
and nationals that we didn't even notice how strong
of a team we had become. Since then, I have realized
that anything is possible and that hard work really
does pay off.
are your coaches?
Brent:Our main coach
is Robbie Kaine. He works with us on compulsories,
stroking and our programs. Our choreographer
is Natalia Lynichuk. We train at Philadelphia
Skating Club and Humane Society and the University
of Delaware each day.
has been with Robbie his whole skating career and
Natalya had choreographed for me before with my former
skating partner. We are training in both Ardmore,
PA and Delaware. They are 45 minutes apart and we
skate in both places everyday so its a lot of driving!
us about skating at your first international, Golden
Spin of Zagreb.
were very excited to compete in Croatia. Unfortunately
Kendra sustained a sprained ankle by accident 14 day
before we left. It was a tough call whether
we were going to compete or not. Our first day
on the ice, 7 days before we left, Kendra was doing
twizzles. She progressed rapidly every day
after that and we figured that with her progress continuing
while we were there it was worth a shot. When
we competed our free dance it was the first full run
through that we had done since her accident. We
were not at top form but still competed very well
and placed fourth.
was a huge obstacle for us. Once we got there I was
wrapping my ankle every practice to keep it from getting
worse and we had only skated a couple of times before
then. We finished fourth overall and we were very
happy considering the fact that I was injured. We
knew we could have skated better if I wasn't injured
but it made us stronger competitors as a team both
physically and mentally.
What advice would you give to young skaters
that might encourage them to give ice dancing a try?
Brent: I would
say to young skaters that ice dancing is in my opinion
the purest form of skating. You have to have
impeccable technique and stroking. Its also
incredible rewarding because it teaches skaters how
to relate to others. You are in a intimate relationship
with your partner and that teaches you skills that
you will need for the rest of your life.
I love about Ice dancing is that it is such a passionate
and emotional sport. Its one of the very few sports
in which you can show your true self and emotion through
your performance and expression.
When you're not training, how do you like to spend
your free time?
am not training I am coaching or driving. But
in my free time I like to read, bike, play soccer,
play video games, and most important eat. I
love good food.
what other types of training besides on ice do you
and Brent work on?
Brent and I have someone stretch us out 3
times a week, we have a ballroom lesson once a week
and workout as much as we can.
are your favorite and least favorite compulsory dances?
compulsories is the Tango Romantica, and I can't wait
to compete it. My least favorite is the hickory
hoedown. And I am glad that I won't have to compete
My favorite dance is the Argentine Tango because of
all the long extensions that can be held and also
the quick movements and twizzles that are required.
I can also really show expression through the steps
of the dance.
are your goals for this season? beyond?
Brent:My goals for this
year are to improve my skating. Especially my
posture and extensions. Kendra and I would love
to move up in the standings nationally. We feel
that by working hard and staying on the course that
we started last year we will be as successful as we
want. As for the future I defiantly am looking
forward to the 2006 Olympics.
I plan to keep going to school part time this year
and plan to place top 3 at nationals.
ice dancers do you look up to as role models or influences?
look up to Peter Tchernyshev. I feel that out
of all of the male ice dancers he is the best.
have always looked up to Angelica Krylova and Oleg
Ovsiannikov ever since before I even started to compete
ice dance. There expression was so intriguing and
they inspired me to become a better ice dancer.
what was it like for you to compete your first season
as a senior?
Well, this year was incredible. All of the years that
I spent to get to this point paid off. Being senior
gave me a lot of perspective on my past. Things
that I used to get frustrated over don't seem as big
of a deal. It just seems that nothing really
matter in terms of medals until I got to senior. It
was also really exciting to be competing with all
of the big names, and going into the competition I
was scared that I would be out of place because I
was so young. But after a few practice sessions I
realized that I could compete with everyone else.
What do each of you think is your partner's
best quality is her sense of humor. Training
with Kendra is so much fun. And to me its really
important that I am having fun. Kendra has a
great perspective on life and is a great leader as
well. I also have to mention that she is a very
strong person, and our accomplishments over this year
could not have been possible without her strength
Brent is a very fun and outgoing guy. He tries his
hardest at all times, never gives up on anything and
is willing to do anything to make him a better skater.
He is always eager and open minded in everything in
do you think it takes to build a strong partnership?
Brent: Well, I believe
that there has to be mutual respect and common goals.
If Kendra and I didn't share the same goal our
training would be pointless. And our respect
for each other allows us to work through hard situations.
In a team I believe it necessary to never blame each
other. A partnership is a team and if someone messes
up on something the team is affected so no one is
at fault. Trust is also very important. Since it is
a partnership one must trust the other when it comes
to anything including listening to criticism from
the other partner, trusting that the partner will
put just as much effort into everything as you are,
etc. Patience is also very important. Success does
not come overnight, it comes through time, experience
and hard work.