Date of Birth:  April 1, 1980
 Place of Birth: Ottawa, ON
 Residence: St. Leonard, QC
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'1"
 Weight: N/A

Valérie Marcoux comes to the Turin Games in 2006 with her pairs figure skating partner Craig Buntin. It is the first Olympic Games for the 25-year-old Ottawa native.

Prior to 2002, the diminutive Marcoux was partnered with Bruno Marcottte. After finishing in 12th place at the 2002 World Championships, the partnership ended with Marcoux opting to pair with Buntin, her boyfriend at the time. The off-ice relationship was already solid, but the on-ice pairing turned out to be pretty good bonus, as the new team enjoyed some immediate success by winning an event in Nebelhorn, Germany that year. Unfortunately, the first place finishes dried up shortly thereafter. However, some recent good showings, including back-to-back Canadian Championships in 2004 and 2005 have served notice that they are a team on the rise.

Their international results have also been improving of late. Despite coming in a disappointing ninth place at the 2005 World Championships, the pair managed to pick up a couple of bronze medals on the Grand Prix circuit during the 2004-05 season, including at the Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris.

The pair, who lives and trains in Montreal, will skate their short program to the song Hey Big Spender and their long program to Paul Kungis' Our Song. When her figure skating career is over, Marcoux has said she would be interested in turning to coaching.

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