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Ice dancers Dubreuil, Lauzon call it a career

Canadian ice dancers Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon announced Tuesday they are retiring from competitive figure skating to join the professional ranks.

Off-ice couple best remembered for romantic routines in 13 years of competitive skating

A season away from the ice obviously didn't get the competitive juices flowing for Canadian ice dancers Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon.

They announced their retirement Tuesday and plan to join the professional skating circuit after they marry in Montreal in August.

"While it is always a difficult decision for skaters to turn the page on their competitive careers, Patrice and I are proud that we can do so confidently and with no regrets," Dubreuil said in a release. "We have so much to look forward to together, both on the ice and off, and we are anxious to move on to all that the future has in store for us."

Dubreuil and Lauzon are best remembered for their romantic routines in 13 years of competitive skating that helped them win two silver medals at world figure skating championships.

"We have very much enjoyed the opportunity to perform in professional shows around the world, and we realized together that that is where our hearts are at this stage in our career," Dubreuil said. "We will always have very fond memories of competing for Canada, and we look forward to the opportunities to perform in front of our fans again soon."

The four-time national champions took silver at the world figure skating championships in March 2007. The pair's season also included a gold medal at the Four Continents Championships and a silver at the ISU Grand Prix final.

A year ago, the Montreal duo talked about competing at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler, in part because Dubreuil and Lauzon couldn't finish what they started at the 2006 Olympics.

After finishing 12th at the 2002 Games, they were forced to withdraw in Turin, Italy, four years later after Dubreuil injured herself falling to the ice during a lift in the pair's original dance program.