Date of Birth:  November 26, 1975
 Place of Birth: Montreal, QC
 Residence: Lyon, France
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  6'0"
 Weight: N/A

Patrice Lauzon, nicknamed "Patch" by his friends and family, began skating at age nine. By 11, he was playing hockey and felt that skating lessons would help his game. His new coach immediately spotted his natural skill and soon had him on his way to a career in figure skating.

In 1995, Lauzon began ice dancing with fellow Montreal-native Marie-France Dubreuil. And 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 ice 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 finally 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.

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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
February 16: Canadian ice dancers ready this time around
February 9: SUN Prediction: Fifth

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