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Dubreuil, Lauzon win at Four Continents

Canadians Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon captured the ice dance title Friday night at the Four Continents figure-skating competition in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Patrice Lauzon playfully choked on his water after being asked when he was going to finally marry ice dance partner Marie-France Dubreuil.

He stammered and looked in Dubreuil's direction for assistance. She smiled and stared back before coming to his rescue after the Montreal pair won Friday night at the Four Continents figure skating championship in Colorado, ending the three-year reign of Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto.

"I've been waiting for 10 years," Dubreuil said. "I'm very patient. When we have time to really do a nice reception and enjoy it, we'll do it."

Lauzon simply nodded in agreement at her answer.

No wonder they're a good team.

Dubreuil and Lauzon edged Belbin and Agosto by 1.61 points in their first appearance at Four Continents since 2004, when they finished in second to the U.S. pair.

"For us to win here is amazing," Dubreuil said. "The competition in ice dancing is very rich. Tanith and Ben are amazing dancers."

Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., finished third for the second straight year, turning in a personal-best score Friday night. Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. were fourth.

Lauren Senft of Vancouver and Leif Gislason of Winnipeg finished fifth.

In the men's singles, American Evan Lysacek overtook Jeffrey Buttle of Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., in the free skate to capture the gold medal.

Lysacek trailed Buttle by 10.68 points after the short program Wednesday night, but easily made up the deficit with a personal-best score in international competition of 226.27 in the free skate. Buttle finished second and Jeremy Abbott of the U.S., who trains in Colorado Springs, was third.

Lysacek over-rotated his quad jump to start his program, but was able to still land it.

"I think this one was a little scratchy," said Lysacek, who also landed the quad in his win at the U.S. championships. "I'm satisfied at pulling it off."

Buttle couldn't land his triple axel at the start, but had the presence of mind to make it up later in the program with a triple flip followed by a triple toeloop.

"I was still happy for how tired I was," said Buttle, who was affected by the altitude.

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