Date of Birth:  August 11, 1974
 Place of Birth: Montreal, QC
 Residence: Lyon, France
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'3"
 Weight: N/A

Marie-France Dubreuil first began skating at the age of nine in her hometown of Montreal. She first emerged on the national scene back in 1990, when, with former partner Bruno Yvars, she finished first in ice dancing at the Canadian Junior Championships and fourth at the World Junior Championships.

However, it was in 1995, when Dubreuil first began ice dancing with a new partner -- fellow Montreal-native Patrice Lauzon -- that things really started cooking. The pair clicked instantly. In their first Canadian Championships in 1996, they came in sixth.

Unfortunately, their success would be tempered due to the misfortune of coming along at the same time as another top-notch dancing duo, Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kratz. Although an accomplished pair in their own right, they would be stuck in the shadow of the more popular duo for much of their careers. However, with Bourne and Kratz now retired, Dubreuil and Lauzon have emerged and are beginning to make an impression, both in Canada and on the international stage.

Dubreuil-Lauzon's crowd-pleasing routines -- complicated lifts and step sequences -- have been a hit in arenas across the world for the past few years. At home, they have now won three consecutive Canadian Championships (2004-06). Even at the World Championships, they are finally seeing more respect from the judges with their results improving little by little each year. In 2005, they came seventh.

The pair came in 12th at the Salt Lake City Games and are hoping for a much improved result in 2006. Here's hoping the consistently sketchy judging system will not rule them out before they step on the ice.

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February 21: Dubreuil, Lauzon withdraw
February 20: Fall dents Canadian pair's hopes
February 19: Ice dancers a step away from medal

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