Skate Canada is today reporting the retirement from competitive skating of Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon.
Marie-France and Patrice are 5 time Canadian Champs and have twice been the World Silver Medalists in 2006 and 2007. Dubreuil and Lauzon made headlines after a horrific fall in the Original Dance that led to their withdrawal from the 2006 Olympic Games.
“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.” The couple, who is planning to marry in August, will focus on their professional skating career. The couple just wrapped up a successful season with Star on Ice.
Marie-France and Patrice took this year off to evaluate their competitive prospects and decide if they would attempt another Olympic Games in 2010...in their home country of Canada at Vancouver. Advances from Canada's other top Dance Team Virtue and Moir (who won a Silver Medal of their own at the recent World Championships) may have helped their decision along.
They've been one of my favorite teams since forever and I'm sad to see them leave competitive skating but I wish them all the best in there future endeavours.