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Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon retire from competitive skating

(May 20, 2008)

They teamed up in 1995 and went on to become one of Canada’s best-loved ice dance teams. Today, Marie-France Dubreuil, 33, and Patrice Lauzon, 32, both from Montreal, Que., announced they are retiring from competitive skating. The couple, who is planning to marry in August, will focus on their professional skating career.

“While it is always a difficult decision for skaters to turn the page on their competitive careers, Patrice and I are proud that we can do so confidently and with no regrets,” said Dubreuil. “We have so much to look forward to together, both on the ice and off, and we are anxious to move on to all that the future has in store for us.” 

Career highlights for Marie-France and Patrice include five Canadian National Championship titles, two silver medals at ISU World Figure Skating Championships, gold at the 2007 ISU Four Continents Championships, seven trips to the ISU Grand Prix Final resulting in a silver (2007) and bronze medal (2005) and several gold medals at various ISU Senior Grand Prix. They are also two-time Olympians with a 12th-place finish in 2002 and a fall in 2006 that forced them to withdraw.

Marie-France and Patrice won their first Canadian title in 2000
 
A month after withdrawing from the 2006 Winter Olympic Games Marie-France and Patrice were back on the ice to capture the silver medal at the 2006 ISU World Figure Skating Championships held in Calgary.
 
Marie-France and Patrice captured their last Canadian title at their last national championships in Halifax in 2007.
Marie-France and Patrice won the silver medal at their last ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Japan in 2007.