Dream day for Hay

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Breaking up is hard to do. But Cody Hay and Anabelle Langlois remember the day a different way.

"It was kind of a fluke. I'd split with my partner and she spilt with hers the same day," Hay said.

Three years later and they're the Canadian pairs figure skating champions.

Hay's break-up transpired without notice.

Langlois's split was a story that transcended sports.

It was the day Patrice Archetto told Langlois that he was leaving her and dissolving their pairs partnership because of unrequited love.

It was meant to be, Hay and Langlois both agree. But they both laugh now about how it all came together.

"I had agreed to put on a show in my hometown of Grande Prairie and suddenly I didn't have a partner. So I asked her if she could come up there with me to do the show," Hay said.

Langlois interrupted.

"Actually, your mom asked me," she said.

"Hey, I was fifth in junior and she was fifth in the world. I was afraid to ask her. Anyway, she said yes," the 25-year-old said.

"David Pelletier helped us put together a program for the Grande Prairie show," he said.

"Neither of us were thinking of anything beyond skating the one show together. But David told us we should think about partnering up with each other."

Langlois said that's all they heard from everybody around the club.

"They were all telling me what I was looking for was right under my nose."

With Archetto, she made it to three world championships, finishing 10th in 2002, fifth in 2003 and eighth in 2004. The two also competed in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics where they finished 12th.

Yesterday Langlois and Hay, now skating out of the Mariposa in Barrie, beat defending Canadian champions Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison by .15 of a point -- the closest margin of victory in the history of the new scoring system anywhere in the world.

When it happened, Langlois's jaw dropped.

"I could see her face. I loved the expression when she knew it had come true. The expression on her face made it even better for me."

Langlois came off the ice and actually bounced into the arms of people waiting for her.

"Amazing. I'm not going to lie. Fantastic."

And then she teared up.

"I'd almost given up."

While she doubled a triple Salchow and he touched down on a side-by-side jump, it was their only real flaws. But this was an afternoon in pairs like we haven't witnessed in Canada in a long time.

Dube and Davison -- who were involved in an accident last season when his skate slashed her face for 80 stitches -- bounced back from fifth in the short to win the silver. Craig Buntin of Kelowna, who had won his way to every worlds since 2004 with former partner Valerie Marcoux, made it back to the worlds again by winning the bronze yesterday only seven months into a new partnership with Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont.

As good as both those stories were, the day belonged to Langlois and Hay.

"A lot of people wondered why I'd decided to skate with him. One even said 'He's never even been on TV,' " said Langlois, a product of Gatineau, Que. who grew up skating in Hull.

Hay first belonged to Mile Zero Figure Skating Club where he was born in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Considering Langlois's history with Archetto and the history in the sport in which pairs partners tend to become life partners, the final question of the day had to be asked.

Are they romantically involved?

"He's pretty cute, but no," she said.


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