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Chantal Lefebvre / Arseny MarkovLefebvre and Markov announce retirement from eligible skating

(July 20, 2007 - Ottawa, ON) - Skate Canada announced today that two-time Canadian ice dance medallists Chantal Lefebvre and Arseny Markov have retired from eligible competition.

Lefebvre, 30, and Markov, 25, both of LaSalle, Que., won bronze in the senior ice dance event at both the 2004 and 2005 national championships. They also placed fourth in 2006, and, most recently, finished fifth in the senior ice dance event at the 2007 BMO Canadian Championships.

“We’ve had great success in our skating careers, we have no regrets,” said Lefebvre. “We learned a lot both on and off the ice, and we’re really happy to have met each other.”

Lefebvre and Markov, who began skating together in 2003, competed in two International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix events last season, placing seventh at the 2006 HomeSense Skate Canada International and ninth at the 2006 Skate America. The previous season, they finished fourth at the 2006 ISU Four Continents Championships.

Lefebvre and Markov now plan on focusing on their careers as coaches and choreographers, and hope to open their own skating school in Montreal in the fall. They are also engaged and plan to be married in two years.

“We love working with the young skaters and seeing their passion for the sport,” said Lefebvre. “It’s been really great so far.”

Skate Canada, the national governing body responsible for the development and administration of figure skating in Canada, is the largest figure skating association in the world. With skating programs for athletes of all ages, offered at 1326 clubs across the country, Skate Canada is an association dedicated to providing every Canadian the opportunity to experience the passion, spirit and triumph of skating.