By LORI EWING
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA -- Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon didn't survive their best shot at Olympic glory, their dream dying when Dubreuil crashed to the ice.
Seconds from finishing their original dance at the 2006 Turin Olympics, and trailing the leaders by less than two points, Dubreuil fell out of their final lift, coming down hard on one hip. Unable to put any weight on her right foot, Lauzon gently glided her off the ice, and then hoisted his future wife into his arms.
She'd suffered a deep bone bruise. The two never skated the free dance.
Dubreuil and Lauzon are making happier Olympic memories in Pyeongchang, finding success behind the boards as the coaches of the world's best ice dancers.
The top three teams in Monday's short dance - Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, and Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates - are among the 17 dance teams they coach at Montreal's Gadbois Centre.
"It's interesting, because T [Virtue] and I were the last members to the school, and it was full of people you knew you'd be in this position with in two years, that we'd be in a dog fight for our lives to try and win an Olympic gold medal with, and how they welcomed you with open arms, and what fantastic people they were," Moir said. "We'd never seen that before in our career.
"That stems from the coaches, and the culture that Patrice and Marie-France and Romain [Haguenauer] created. They just don't put up with anybody who's not a team player. It's been probably one of the joys of our career to be involved in this."
Their training environment is reminiscent of their previous base in Canton, Mich., where they skated alongside American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and shared a coach in Marina Zoueva.
Virtue and Moir decided to go a completely different direction when they came out of retirement last season, moving to Montreal to train with Dubreuil and Lauzon, who are five-time Canadian champions and two-time world silver medalists. Virtue and Moir have said it helps that Dubreuil and Lauzon, who married in 2008 and have a daughter Billie-Rose, are fresh off competing. They retired in 2007.
In Monday's news conference with the top three ice dance teams, they were asked about sharing the coaches. Moir banged a hand enthusiastically in applause on the table. All three teams erupted in a loud whoop.
Hubbell cried when she spoke of her training mates and coaches.
"It was our coaches as well as our teammates who really inspired us by treating us like their competition," she said, with an embarrassed laugh about her tears.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
A Tuesday Olympics story included incorrect names for an American ice dancing pair coached by MarieFrance Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon. They are Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, not Madison Chock and Evan Bates as published.