Second chance for dance

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

It may seem odd the compulsory dance program at the worlds is the same as last month's Winter Olympics in Turin.

But to Canadian ice dance champions, Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, facing the Ravensburger waltz again is a blessing.

"I said thank God," said Dubreuil. "We've practised it for Olympics, so it's fine."

They might not have been able to practise a polka in the time leading up to the world figure skating championships at the 'Dome.

Dubreuil suffered a spectacular fall during the original dance at Olympics and the couple -- which trains in Lyon, France -- was forced to withdraw from the event.

The 31-year-old from Montreal suffered a deep bone bruise on her right hip and was back to 80% range of motion only last week.

"If (the compulsory) had been the polka, we would have to work on the external hip rotation," she said. "So, it's a blessing that it was the Ravensburger.

"We performed it really well in Torino."

That doesn't mean it won't come without its kinks. The Ravensburger waltz, said Dubreuil, is much easier on the Olympic-sized ice surface.

"It will be a little challenging because the North American ice is so much smaller and we have so much speed in that dance," she said. "We'll have to be careful about that but otherwise we're more than happy it's the waltz."

The compulsory dance begins at 11 a.m. with Dubreuil and Lauzon set to hit the ice at 11:10. Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe of Vancouver will dance at 1:57 p.m.


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