Wing, Lowe still seek top spot

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

This week, much has been made of the fact that sweet-skating pairs couple Patrice Archetto and Anabelle Langlois have spent six years chasing their first Canadian figure skating title.

That's nothing compared to long-time ice dance partners Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe. They've been hunting their first national crown for 16 years.

The Vancouver natives are consistent -- they've finished second or third at the past eight Canadians -- but have never ascended that elusive top podium perch. Still, if their careers ended tomorrow, they say they wouldn't feel incomplete.

"Not at all. There's so much other memories, friendships, travel, opportunities," said the 30-year-old Lowe, who is the current captain of the senior national team. "It'd be great to win, but we know how good the other skaters are. We want to get to the Olympics (next year in Italy). We were alternates at the last two (Salt Lake City in 2002 and Nagano in 1998) so that's our goal."

Wing, 29, says it's unlikely they will continue dancing past the 2006 season but "you never know."

Heading into tomorrow's original dance at the John Labatt Centre, Wing and Lowe are in second behind Marie-France Dubreil and Patrice Lauzon.

The biggest reason the Wing-Lowe combo hasn't cracked championship champagne at Canadians is that Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz dominated the sport for a decade. When the world champs called it quits a couple of years ago, Dubreuil and Lauzon took over as the No. 1 dance team in the country.

In the next few years, London's Tessa Virtue and Ilderton's Scott Moir, who train with Wing and Lowe in Detroit, are expected to assume the throne.

"When you have a world-class pair like them (Bourne and Kraatz), there's a trickle-down effect," Lowe said. "Other countries see them and they see you skating for Canada and assume you must be good, too."

Despite the highs, lows and frequent frustrations, Wing and Lowe say they have never considered switching partners. They've also been an off-ice item for the past 11 years.


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