Two-time World ice dance silver medalists Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon have made it official: They recently announced their retirement from competitive skating.
The two say they look forward to their upcoming summer wedding and a career as professional skaters.
Dubreuil and Lauzon have not skated competitively since the 2007-07 season. In 2008, they appeared in almost 80 shows around the world, including performing on Stars on Ice tours in Japan, the United States and Canada.
“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,” Dubreuil said. “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.”
“Marie-France and I would like to thank everyone who has played a role in our careers to date, especially our coaches, choreographer, our family, everyone at IMG, Skate Canada and the fans who have been so supportive,” Lauzon said. “We’re very happy that this is certainly not the end, but the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our career.”
Dubreuil and Lauzon first teamed up in 1995 and went on to become one of Canada’s most beloved ice dance teams, and one of the top teams in the world. The won the Canadian Championship five times and mined silver at the Figure Skating World Championships in 2006 and 2007.
At the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Dubreuil suffered a devastating injury after a fall, and although the injury kept she and Lauzon from completing the Olympic competition, they returned one month later at the World Championships in their home country and won the free dance and the silver medal.
Following the successful conclusion to the 2005-06 season, the duo considered retirement. Having lived and trained in Lyon, France for four years, they missed their families and were ready to return to Canada. But after Dubreuil took a couple of months to rest and fully heal from her injuries, they realized they wanted to continue to compete.
“We have very much enjoyed the opportunity to perform in professional shows around the world, and we realized together that that is where our hearts are at this stage in our career,” Dubreuil said. “We will always have very fond memories of competing for Canada, and we look forward to the opportunities to perform in front of our fans again soon.”
Dubreuil and Lauzon will be married this August in Montreal where they reside.