Lowe, Wing ponder retirement

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

If last night's skate was their final amateur performance, it will be a memorable one.

Aaron Lowe ran out of the Saddledome's kiss-and-cry area to throw up, leaving his partner Megan Wing alone to face the media.

"He got food poisoning," Wing explained, following their 85.07-point performance in the free dance of the world figure skating championships.

"It wasn't that comfortable (a skate). But we got through it."

Added Lowe: "She's had to deal with this situation quite a few times. (But this time) I'm the one who's sick. We have the whole spectrum covered now."

The free dance, in which they placed 11th, left Wing and Lowe at 10th overall with a 170.51 total.

They lost points on their opening twizzle, when Lowe did one too many rotations. "I was watching him too closely," she said, shrugging.

The Vancouver couple, which trains in London, Ont., has hinted at plans to retire but still won't commit to a decision. Wing and Lowe, who finished 11th at the Turin Olympics, want time off from a long season to consider the possibility.

"We want to think about it, see how much we miss it," said Wing.

With their result -- and the silver-medal win of top Canadians Marie-France and Patrice Lauzon -- the country can send three couples to next year's worlds in Tokyo.

"Goal accomplished," said Lowe.

The Canadian ice dancing future, however, is in good hands, the couple said. Their training partners, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, are junior world and Grand Prix champions.

"There are so many good teams," said Wing. "(Virtue and Moir) are so amazing. They've skated so well the last couple of years. They're definitely our favourites."


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