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Canadian pairs team Lawrence, Swiegers part ways

Saskatchewan skaters end nine-year partnership after reaching Olympics
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Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers have decided to part ways after competing together for nine years. -Getty Images

Canadian pairs skaters Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers have ended their nine-year partnership. Lawrence and Swiegers capped their career when they finished 14th at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Lawrence and Swiegers are four-time Canadian bronze medalists (2011-14). In 2010, they won their first international medal, a bronze at Skate Canada. That same season, they also won the bronze medal at the 2011 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

"I'm so thankful for all the opportunities and adventures that Rudi and I have had the chance to experience throughout our nine-year career together. It was amazing to fulfill our dream of competing at the Olympics and world championships, and I have never been happier than I was while skating those programs," Lawrence said. "We have reached a point now where we both want different things and I wish Rudi all the health, happiness, and continued success in whatever path he follows."

Lawrence is looking to find a new partner and continue skating.

Swiegers is taking a year off from competitive skating for personal reasons.

"I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to skate with Paige and represent Saskatchewan nationally and internationally. One of my greatest joys is that we've been able to succeed and achieve our goals while staying true to our small town roots; proving that you don't need to move away to large centers to train," Swiegers said.