February 9, 2006
SUN Prediction: Fifth
Sun Media

Skate Canada is hoping a focus on judging, particularly on dance, will give the Canadian duo of Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon a shot at the podium in Turin.

"The judges have been very carefully selected for these Olympics,'' says Gayle McClelland, athlete development officer for Skate Canada. "Everybody knows the eyes of the world will be on them.''

The idea is the scrutiny will give the Canadians a chance to move up from the traditional wait-and-take-your-turn history of dance.

"It would be a big jump,'' Dubreuil said.

"It would make a great story,'' Lauzon added.

The two did manage to manufacture a bronze at the Grand Prix Final this season. But they've finished 11th, 10th, 10th, 10th, eighth and seventh at the World Figure Skating Championships with a 12th in Salt Lake at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The duo, who have been skating together since 1996, have won three consecutive Canadian titles.

They train in Lyon, France under Muriel Bocher-Zazoui. Steffany Hanley of Edmonton is their Canadian-based coach.

Event Schedule

Fri. Feb 17

Compulsory

Sun. Feb 19

Original

Mon. Feb 20

Free skate

Previous Games

Finished 12th at the Games in Salt Lake City.

Olympics:

2002