Langlois still mulling options

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

Anabelle Langlois admits she was surprised to see her name show up in newspaper reports from the world figure skating championships yesterday.

No, she's not entered in the global competition. And no, she hasn't lined up a tryout with Jean-Sebastien Fecteau after the worlds in Moscow are done.

At least not yet.

"They have asked me," said Langlois, 23, of Hull. "I just haven't said yes to it yet."

Langlois has been on her own since splitting up with longtime partner Patrice Archetto after the Canadian championships in London, Ont., in January. Her name surfaced after Monday's short program in Moscow, when Fecteau told media about the dilemma he faces after this season.

The 29-year-old from Thetford Mines, Que., hoped to realize his dream of reaching the Olympics next year in Turin, Italy. In Utako Wakamatsu, he figured he had the right partner to make it happen.

But Wakamatsu, a Japanese native, needs Canadian citizenship to represent the country in Turin. She had a change of heart about the idea after learning she'd lose her Japanese citizenship if she became a Canadian.

Enter Langlois' name.

"I'll probably be doing a tryout with Anabelle Langlois in the weeks to come to give me an idea of my options for next year," Fecteau said Monday.

That was news to Langlois, who told the Sun she's also considering other options for next season -- none of which she'll reveal yet.

But Fecteau is surely in the mix.

"I want worlds to be over first. Then I think it'll be settled," Langlois said from Calgary, where she's doing individual training. "By the end of the month, I'd like everything to be decided ... who I'm skating with, who will be the coach."

Wakamatsu and Fecteau stand ninth heading into tonight's free skate final, one spot ahead of two-time Canadian champs Valerie Marcoux of Gatineau and Craig Buntin of North Vancouver, B.C.


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