LONDON, Ont. -- Kurt Browning has, for all purposes, won another Canadian championship. OK. Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon did the actual skating.
But the Leon, France, trained dance team for all purposes put away a second straight Canadian championship here yesterday by scoring 65.51 in the original dance Singing in the Rain as a snowstorm raged outside.
"Kurt Browning inspired us to do it,'' said Dubreuil of the video the four-time world champion out of Edmonton's Royal Glenora Club created after he turned pro.
"He was so good at it,'' she said.
"We talked to him before we did it. He told us he'd love for us to do it and said we'd have a wonderful time doing it.
"To me, he's the most talented skater who ever existed.''
Lauzon said Browning would probably have been great in the dance event, too.
"He probably would have had a lot of fun with a girl following him,'' he said.
The two scored 65.51 with the program.
"That's podium points at Worlds,'' he said.
Lauzon said the points they put up Thursday in the compulsory program would have been good for "fourth or fifth'' at Worlds.
The two have 106.47 going into today's free skate final, free and clear of Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe of Vancouver with 95.74 points.