In the second episode, Christopher Mabee chats with pair skater Elizabeth Putnam, a two-time Canadian bronze medalist with partner Sean Wirtz.
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Lysanne Sarrazin, 2003 ISU World Synchronized Skating Bronze Medalist
Lysanne Sarrazin, a dedicated Synchronized skater, competed with Les Pirouettes from 1992 to 1997 and with Les Suprêmes from 1997 to ultimately in 2003 when the team won a Bronze medal at the ISU World Synchronized Championships in Canada. She claims that her fondest skating memory was winning the short program in front of an amazing crowd at the Civic Center in Ottawa, ON.
Lysanne competed at twelve consecutive Canadian Synchronized Championships and her teams earned a spot on the Skate Canada Synchronized Junior National Team for 3 years and 6 years as a Senior. She also isn’t a stranger on the international scene as she contended against the rest of the World in 2001 (6th) and 2002 (5th) and her greatest achievement was a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships. She also represented Canada several times at the Spring Cup in Italy and French Cup in France.
Ms. Sarrazin completed her studies at the same time she retired from competitive skating. She commenced full time employment in IT as a “system conceptor” around the development of web base applications in Montreal.
Lysanne claims that she has a passion for sports and since retiring has completed a few long distance runs and enjoys winter sport like skiing and snowshoe hiking. She also loves vacationing and travel photography.
Currently, Lysanne only skates outdoors during the winter season with her two wonderful sons, a four-year-old and an eight-year-old. Skate Canada is fortunate that this alumnus has been a synchronized skating official since 2004. She is involved in skating because she truly loves the sport and likes to assist in the development of skaters.
The advantage of skating for so many years is the profound relationships you develop with teammates and luckily for Lysanne she still meets with many of her skating friends for various activities including important life events like birthdays, weddings and births.
Lysanne expresses that synchronized skating taught her organizational skills, team work and perseverance. When asked about advice or words of wisdom to current National Team members she expresses, “Love your sport. You become a Champion one step at a time. Believe in yourself!”.
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