Don't talk about winning — Langlois

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- On a day when the Skate Canada CEO was predicting and projecting Olympic and World Championship medals for Canada again, there were at least two skaters here who didn't want to hear it.

Anabelle Langlois and Patrice Archetto are still trying to win a Canadian title.

Last year, despite the fact they once again failed to win Canadians, the Edmonton Royal Glenora pair were considered the best bet to prevent the medal shutout at Worlds.

They'd been fifth at Worlds the year before in Washington, D.C.. But like Joanie Rochette, who also is here trying to win her first Canadian title as womens and pairs short programs go here tonight, they were eighth at Worlds last year in Dortmund.

"I don't want to think about that," said Langlois of Coburn's medal projections. "I don't want to put pressure on that.

"I think that's why we've had so much trouble winning Canadians. Everytime we come here, people are putting pressure on us, telling us we're the favourites to win," she said of the pair, which is currently Canada's highest rated, at sixth, in the ISU rankings.

"We're coming here this year trying to forget about winning and trying to concentrate instead on just skating well," she added.

"This year we're coming here to focus on ourselves and our skating, not anybody else. The last time we skated well was at Canadians in Winnipeg four years ago.

"Other than last year in Dortmund, we've had good results internationally and I think that's because we weren't thinking about the podium. If you start thinking about results, you're not going to win."

That said, it's not easy not to think that way, whether you are the skater or the CEO.

Langlois says she's been the weakest link at Canadians in the past.

"I get carried away with all the other skaters I know and do training with. I get so nervous for them, I have no juices for me at the end."

Getting their juices going again has actually been their story in a different direction.

Two two have skated only one competition this year, having to withdraw from the Paris Grand Prix event when Langlois became violently ill. Both brought a virus home.

"I caught it first and gave it to him," she said.


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