2006/07: Pewter medalists, U.S. National Figure Skating Championships; Fifth place overall, Four Continents Figure Skating Championships; Sixth place overall, Skate America; Sixth place overall, Skate Canada; Bronze medalists, Karl Schaefer Memorial (Vienna)
2005/06: U.S. Olympic Team Alternates; "Best Ice Dance Performance" award from Professional Skater's Association at 2006 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships; Fifth place overall, U.S. National Figure Skating Championships; Winners, 2005 Eastern Sectionals; Fifth place overall, 2005 Karl Schaefer Memorial (Vienna); Fourth place overall, 2005 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships
2006/07 Season Summary
With the momentum of an incredible debut season behind them, Kim and Brent quickly got to work on choosing music, developing choreography, and heightening their technical elements for the year ahead. Aided by coach Robbie Kaine and choreographer Natalia Lynichuk, Kim and Brent took their 2006/07 dances - the Golden Waltz compulsory dance, a Tango original dance, and a delightful free dance to music by the Beatles - to a new level.
Benefit performances at their home rinks were the first order of business, allowing Kim and Brent to share their immense gratitude for the support of local fans.
Then it was time for competition. First up was a return to the Karl Schaefer Memorial in Vienna, where Kim and Brent had burst onto the international scene in 2005. Fans in the city of composers remembered the couple's exceptional musicality and warmly welcomed them back. The Americans returned the love with engaging performances that earned third place - their first international podium.
Next up was Skate America, a "Grand Prix" qualifier for the World Championships that draws the cream of the international field. Kim and Brent assuredly held their own as a new team to the event, finishing among the top six. Skate Canada followed - another intense Grand Prix experience - and the names Navarro-Bommentre again appeared in the elite top six
In January 2007 Kim and Brent took the ice at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships with confidence, and, just as in 2006, their free dance brought the audience to its feet. A fourth-place finish earned the couple their first National medal, as well as a spot on the U.S. team for the talent-packed Four Continents Championships, where Kim and Brent earned their top-five finish in such effortless style that they were asked to perform in the gala that closed the event.
2005/06 Season Summary
After competing internationally with previous partners, Kim and Brent came together as a team in May 2005. A Columbia graduate originally from Santa Rosa, California, Kim brought a stellar reputation as a 2002 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate and member of the renowned Ice Theatre of New York. Brent, a resident of Horsham, Pennsylvania, and part-time student at Villanova, had acquired crucial experience representing the United States at such top events as Skate America and Cup of Russia. Under the guidance of coaches Robbie Kaine and Cheryl Demkowski Snyder, they began training in earnest, dividing their ice time between the Ardmore Ice Skating Rink (just outside Philadelphia) and the University of Delaware in Newark.
As a result of confident performances at their first competition together (the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships in August 2005), Kim and Brent were named to the United States Figure Skating Team and assigned to compete in Vienna at October's Karl Schaefer Memorial contest. Among a powerful international roster of contenders, the Americans finished a strong fifth.
Kim and Brent next qualified for the United States Figure Skating Championships by winning November's Eastern Sectional competition. When they took the National Championship ice in January 2006, they were ready to shine. The two earned high scores in the Compulsory Dance and Original Dance events, then capped off their season with a Free Dance that was nothing short of dazzling. Before they'd even finished, many in the audience were on their feet, and ABC commentator Susie Wynne was lauding "a great performance." Kim and Brent were placed fourth in the Free Dance, for fifth overall and the Olympic Alternate designation. The Professional Skater's Association named the charismatic couple's Free Dance the best ice dance performance of the championships.
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