Meet Glenora\'s new royals

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- What a pair.

\"I love it. I can\'t buy a bra there without being recognized.\'\'

They say the damndest things, these two. Like that. Anabelle Langlois was trying to describe how much she loves Edmonton.

The City of Champions, it would appear, is agreeing with the pair in question - Langlois and Patrice Archetto - the new royalty in residence at the Royal Glenora figure skating factory, moving in to continue the tradition of Kurt Browning and to take over from Jamie Sale & David Pelletier.

They\'re it, and they know it.

Here last night they finally showed it.

It is said that hope is the number 1 thing to sell in sport. And Langlois & Archetto provided hope for Canada when the pair produced a world-class short program to put themselves with the contenders instead of the pretenders as the World Figure Skating Championships opened here yesterday.

Finishing 12th at the Olympics in Salt Lake, the two sit sixth after the short program here.

SAVE THE CANADIAN BACON

If Canada has a hope of making it 23 consecutive years to the podium at the World Figure Skating Championships next year in Dortmund, Germany, Langlois & Archetto are going to be the ones who will have to save the Canadian bacon.

It\'s pressure. But the pair refuses to deal with it on those terms.

\"We want to do it for ourselves,\'\' said the delightful Langlois. \"David and Jamie did it for themselves. Shae-Lynn and Victor did it for themselves. When I was little my dad always said \'Skate for me\' but you have to skate for yourself.\'\'

Shae-Lynn is Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor is Victor Kraatz and when the two retire from dance at the end of these World Figure Skating Championships, after hopefully having made it 22 consecutive years with at least one Canadian winning a medal at Worlds, the pair which took the torch from Jamie Sale & David Pelletier will be Canada\'s flagbearers for a future in the sport.

Moving into Sale & Pelletier\'s place, Langlois and Archetto were the only Canadians to make it to the Grand Prix finals this year in St. Petersburg, Russia.

But they\'ve had an up-and-down, in-and-out year, including messing up at Canadians in Saskatoon.

And it felt good to see them perform like they did here last night.

\"That was good,\'\' said Sale & Pelletier\'s former coach Jan Ullmark.

\"To come and do it when you have to - that\'s what it\'s all about.\'\'

The two received marks ranging from 4.9 to 5.6, however.

The 4.9s looked way out of place for their clean performance.

\"The 4.9s, probably a French judge,\'\' cracked Ullmark.

\"They don\'t have to answer,\'\' he added in reference to the anonymous system in use this year in which judges are not identified.

Coaching Sale & Pelletier through the Salt Lake Olympic fiasco, Ullmark isn\'t going to go back to pulling punches.

\"The important thing is to improve,\'\' he said of his skaters.

\"That\'s our best short program of the year,\'\' said Archetto.

Canada doesn\'t just need these two to keep coming, Edmonton needs them to do it here.

CREATE SOME SIZZLE

Next year\'s Canadian Figure Skating Championships are in Edmonton. And if they\'re going to fill Skyreach Centre like they did for Canadians in \'94 and Worlds in \'96, they needed something to happen here to create some sizzle to sell next year.

They certainly said all the right things here last night when the subject of the city came up. Probably sold some tickets. Maybe even some bras.

\"The people are so great,\'\' said Archetto. \"We can\'t believe how many recognize us.\'\'

Bra buying, a problem or not, Langlois says it\'s an amazing environment.

\"It\'s so great for our well-being,\'\' said the 21-year-old from Hull, Que.

LIGHTER ATMOSPHERE

\"We are so much happier. It\'s a lighter atmosphere. When you go there you\'re happy to see people,\'\' she said of the Royal Glenora atmosphere.

\"We\'re happy to see Jan.

\"When people visit us from Montreal, they say \'Oh my God, the atmosphere is so great.\'\'

Then there\'s David and Jamie.

\"David took me to an Oiler game on my birthday,\'\' said Archetto.

\"They\'re not home a lot right now with the tour, but whenever they\'re home, we skate together and they really help us,\'\' said Langlois.

\"They always take the time to look at us. If our jumps are too far apart, they\'ll tell us our jumps are too far apart. We love it when they\'re there. It\'s great. I can\'t imagine how it is for Jamie in Edmonton.\'\'

Probably has a real problem buying her bras, huh?


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