Horrid history

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Anabelle Langlois and Patrice Archetto added another chapter to their horrid history at Canadians.

"I'm hating myself. I did a double instead of a triple," said Langlois of the side-by-side required jumps in the short program of the pairs event here last night.

"I just popped it. I'm hating myself for it."

The major mistake, combined with a minor one on a lift, left the Edmonton Royal Glenora skaters, who were fifth in the world two years ago and the heir apparents to Olympic gold-medal winners Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, positioned third going into Saturday's long program.

Canada's top-ranked team in the ISU rankings at 6th, they are in sudden danger of not even getting to Worlds.

Not that they're a long way back.

Valerie Marcoux and Craig Buntin, skating out of St. Leonard, Que., are in first despite Marcoux falling on a jump. They have 60.21 points. Utako Wakamatsu and J. Sebastien Fecteau, skating out of the same club, sit second with a total of 59.57. The Royal Glenora pair marked 58.85.

Two years ago, Langlois and Archetto made a mess at the nationals and settled for silver, losing to a team which dissolved their partnership at the end of the year. Then they went to Worlds and finished fifth and looked every bit the team which has been trying to live up to expectations of being the next David Pelletier and Jamie Sale.

Marcoux and Buntin won the pairs event at Canadians last year in Edmonton, but finished one position behind the eighth-place Royal Glenora pair at Worlds.

The fact that the Royal Glenora pair returned to the ice three weeks ago after missing a month and a half due to a virus Archetto acquired in Paris - forcing them to drop out of the Grand Prix circuit - wasn't used as an excuse by the skater. But coach Jan Ullmark said he couldn't complain.

"It was pretty good considering what these two have been through the last two months.

"For what they did, they were probably marked right. They had a big mistake and a little mistake."

Marcoux said you don't expect to be first when you end up on your butt in the short program.

"When you make a major mistake you are a little surprised to be first," is how she put it.

Buntin said he was happy just to be able to skate after "smacking into the boards like I did in warm-up."

It was that kind of night.


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