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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?


When Scott Smith competed, he en- visioned a satisfying end to his competitive days that would at the very least include performances of a lifetime. Unfortunately, injury prevented the grand finale he’d hoped for, but true to the expression that when one door closes another one opens, Smith has discovered not only satisfaction as a pro- fessional skater, but also a gateway to the world. “As a kid, I thought that I would com-


pete, do shows and then coach,” said Smith, 31, the 1998 U.S. junior champion and 10-time U.S. senior competitor. “I knew I would enjoy shows, but it’s been so much better than I ever expected.” After having surgery on his left hip in


by LOIS ELFMAN


December 2009, Smith slowly made his way back onto the ice. While still rehabbing the hip, he signed his first professional contract in 2010 — a five-month stint aboard the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Independence of the Seas. Te ship cruised several routes in Europe, and Smith got to see sights in England, Italy and France. Shortly before this interview, Smith re-


turned from a five-month stretch on Voyager of the Seas, which made its way across the


Pacific Ocean to the Southern Hemisphere. He began in Singapore and from there the ship relocated to Sydney, Australia. For three months Voyager cruised to New Zealand and Pacific islands such as Fiji and New Caledonia. In the last month of his contract, the ship returned to Singapore. Among the spots he visited were Tailand and Vietnam. “Te highlights were going around


New Zealand, and New Caledonia is beau- tiful,” said Smith, who has become an avid photographer documenting his travels. “One of the big highlights was sailing into Sydney Harbor for the first time. I just couldn’t believe that the ship docked right between the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House.


“Te first time we sailed in we were the


largest cruise ship to have ported in the har- bor,” he added. “Tere was a lot of media waiting for us.” Some of the passengers during the three


months of that route traveled from the U.S. and Canada to take the cruise, but others were Australians who hadn’t previously ex- plored New Zealand. For them, a profes- sional skating show was a new experience. “We were the first to have four people


Scott Smith visits the prehistoric monument Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.


Smith’s travels have taken him to interesting landmarks all over the world, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.


On one of his recent adven- tures, Smith took time out to


explore the Sofia mosque and museum in Instanbul, Turkey.


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