Isabelle Duchesnay & Paul Duchesnay

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French ice dancers Isabelle & Paul Duchesnay (brother and sister), now retired, are the 1992 Olympic silver medalists and 1991 World Champions. Paul was born in July 31, 1961, in Metz, France, while his sister was born on December 18, 1963, in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. Together, they competed for Canada from 1982-1985, and competed for France from 1985-1992. They are 1985 Canadian bronze medallists and four time French national champions.

Paul had a serious roller-blading accident which caused the team to retire from skating in 1994. He is currently coaching in Canada.

Isabelle was married to Christopher Dean from 1991-1993. She wrote a book, Notre passion (Sports pour tous), in 1992.


Isabelle's Wikipedia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabelle_Duchesnay

Paul's Wikipedia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Duchesnay

Isabelle on IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0239830/

original Post by Min Thea Fitzpatrick
March 18, 2015


I am a tremendous fan of the brother/ sister ice dance 1991 Champions Duchesnays. I wanted to express my admiration and love for this innovative, revolutionary pair of skaters. They retired in 1996, but they still have millions of fans who watch their performances on YouTube. My favorites of all time!


PROGRAMS

1984-85

1985 Canadian Nationals FD (excerpt)
They finished third
https://youtu.be/JAme5nbtM6w?t=288

1985-86

1986 Europeans FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5wBbjWZy2I

1986-87
OSP: Waltz: "The Skater's Waltz, " Op. 183 by Émile Waldteufel
FD: "Malagueña" by Ernesto Lecuona

1986 Skate America FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEJ7pecrAss
1986 Skate America CD1 Westminster Waltz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qnrB2eqsu8
1986 Skate America CD2 Yankee Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvKix4FMDAo
1986 Skate America CD3 Rhumba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTTq-i_JyLk
1986 Skate America OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56gPa334lY8


1986 St.Ivel tournament FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjQQJ14tOns


1987 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe-Ichnq2RY
1987 Worlds OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEEzxzupESw
1987 Worlds CD1 Rhumba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB0slD5_MZ0
1987 Worlds CD2 Yankee Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOin9NB1iT8
1987 Worlds CD3 Westminster Waltz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FaRD0muIvc

1987-88
OSP: Argentine Tango; choreography by Christopher Dean
FD: Savage Rites; choreography by Christopher Dean

1988 Europeams OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z3oPc6Zbdw
1988 Europeans FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkDmhr4-Evs

1988 Olympics CD1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVV_44_rPXo
1988 Olympics OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMFxoLjFJr0
1988 Olympics FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQKawuklMDc

1988 Worlds CD2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOin9NB1iT8
1988 Worlds OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEz1xYVO-aw
1988 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bO1mBvQP-o

1988-89
OSP Charleston (Josephine Baker); choreo by Christopher Dean
FD: Eleanor Rigby; choreo by Christopher Dean

1989 Worlds CD Argentine Tango
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeS-CTmfHNk
1989 Worlds OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr4BLtPE8og
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y86VfIqFAjY
1989 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QhhRDHOri4

1989-90
OSP: Samba (samba instrumental version of Late in the Evening by Paul Simon); choreo by Christopher Dean
FD: Missing I; Dolencias and Sikuriades Inti Illimani; choreo by Christopher Dean

1990 Worlds OD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVXFZgo9YHs
1990 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coM4d1CQZfs

1990 Europeans FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucR_UgA4s3E

Interview at 1990 Europeans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxrFCAgaBHk

1990-91
OD: Blues; choreo by Christopher Dean
FD: Missing II; Atahualpa and Cacharpaya by Inti Illimani; choreo by Christopher Dean
FD1: Reflections, music: Ocean Waves (0 Mar) by George Winston; choreo by Christopher Dean

1991 Europeans FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qaqag3LTHM

1991 Worlds OD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7yix2zBk_Q
1991 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXkeiamsCew
Medal Ceremony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faRPePCNAGo&list=PLMyjR-imnVbzO6ioFpChFyB4EWCzwtz21&index=25


1991-92
OD Polka: "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music soundtrack;choreo by Christopher Dean
FD: Westside Story soundtrack by Leonard Bernstein; choreo by Christopher Dean

1992 Olympics CD1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-z-_ihVIcY
1992 Olympics CD2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWJofRWCj3I
1992 Olympics OD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar8AclSXsLA
1992 Olympics FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h_GzLX7ofo

GALAS AND EXHIBITIONS

La legende du trophée Lalique (A group number featuring Paul amd Isabelle)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wo4czRH72A&list=PLMyjR-imnVbzO6ioFpChFyB4EWCzwtz21&index=35

1994
Beethoven's Seventh Symphony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4zXCnxE7W8&list=PLAE05C85338B55531&index=13&t=0s

Master's Miko
Skating to Beethoven's Seventh Symphony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JllrkUUgQ1Y&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=7

1994 Oberstdorf Gala on Ice
Air on G String by Jacques Loussier Trio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8qXFGWIc_Q&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=22

1991 Worlds Gala - Tango
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHBPVjyQ1Ko

1991 Europeans Gala - Blues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va2POs_9cxE

1990 Skate Electric EX and Interview (Missing I)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln90hhsRdJ0

1990 Worlds Gala, Missing I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta3anIupqFQ

1989 Lalique Trophy Gala (invited)
Malaguena performed by Stanley Black & His Orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_sNYxva7CM

1986 St. Ivel's EX Paso Doble/Flamenco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfLnI4LfMtw&list=PLMyjR-imnVbzO6ioFpChFyB4EWCzwtz21&index=19


INTERVIEWS, MEDIA, ARTICLES

March 07, 1988 Sports Illustrated
So Much For Originality by E.M. Swift
https://web.archive.org/web/2011062...m/vault/article/magazine/MAG1127086/index.htm

1988 profile of the Duchesnays
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnVrTLqU6zU

Documentary, The Road to Albertville, about Paul.and Isabelle, in French
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAme5nbtM6w

The Making of Missing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLOxPbTk5Ss&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=9

Stars 90 Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5Cz5y15tn4

Stars 90 Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZf45iUeHyU

"New York Times archive of Ice dancing" at the Albertville Olympics
https://web.archive.org/web/2007030...?offset=70&query=FRANCE&field=geo&match=exact

1992 Sports Illustrated
February 24, 1992
"Theater Of The Absurd; After making the bizarre the norm, the Duchesnays went conservative and lost" by E.M. Swift

https://web.archive.org/web/2011062...m/vault/article/magazine/MAG1003438/index.htm


1992 FR3 INTERVIEW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLo4B28Gn1U

Career of the Duchesnays Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRhZyF9jHcU

Career of the Duchesnays Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0FJcCCJJAo

Career of the Duchesnays Part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWjb-iAoi0E

Career of the Duchesnays Part 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjzutiQSr9I

Career of the Duchesnays Part 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLyU_5c2AdQ

Career of the Duchesnays Part 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wdrEdUE90s

Isabelle et Paul Duchesnay, deux patineurs déterminés
by PAUL GABOURY
Feb. 2019
https://www.ledroit.com/chroniques/...s-determines-404b2d40bc691ea256dd0d688371e229


COMPETITIVE HISTORY







The Planets (by Gustav Holst)

Starring aul Duchesnay · Isabelle Duchesnay · Brian Orser · Sonia Rodriguez · Owen Montague · Learie McNicolls · Michael Trentas · Graham McKelvie · Members of the Toronto Dance Theatre · Montreal Symphony Orchestra · Charles Dutoit · Choreography by Lar Lubovitch

A spectacular ice fantasia featuring the world skating champions Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay and former world champion Brian Orser. Set to the music of the symphonic masterpiece by Gustav Holst, this dazzling production incorporates solo and ensemble ice dancing, precision group skating and synchronized swimming
.

In 1996, the Duchesnays were nominated for a Gemini Award (Canadian Cinema and Television awards) in Best Performance - Performing Arts Program or Series for their performance in “The Planets”.




Intro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra_stvSxnnI&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=8

1. Neptune
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT4FBMm2W0Y&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=4

2. Uranus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-XpL-o0l9I&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=3

3. Venus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL36bMXi7LI&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=2

4. Mercury
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Z2MqPcB38

5. Mars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJda994-ZAo&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=1

6. Saturn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdSc-Lo8Yl0

7. Jupiter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rSLgf0kwNg&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=26
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y_o7EJJus8
 
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dorispulaski

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Welcom to Golden Skate, Min Thea Patrick! The Duchesnays were wonderful :love:
 

Josie

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Jun 24, 2012
I love them, too, and I never get tired of watching them.
They were inspiring and creative, some skaters still name them when asked for their favourites and role models - especially the many brother-sister-teams in ice dancing. The Duchesnays helped a lot to overcome prejudiced thinking regarding siblings pairings in this sport. They had a noticeable connection and complemented each other so well.
I wish them all the best and hope they are doing fine.
 

anyanka

Record Breaker
Joined
Jul 8, 2011
Thank you for starting this!! I'll never forget their unorthodox jungle routine that helped to advance ice dance at the Calgary Olympics, but was met with low scores from the judges despite their innovation in presentation and great ss. Their "Missing" was a masterpiece. And I enjoyed their West Side Story from the Albertville games, shame that injury and personal circumstances prevented them from polishing it into a great program, even if it wasn't as forward-thinking or experimental as their previous works. Still, they remain faves from my childhood. :)
 

Josie

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I liked the West Side Story program, too, anyanka, and my heart really went out to them as I learned what a hard year they had had during the run up to the Olympics. I especially admired the way they stood by one another, always.
 

dorispulaski

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1984-85

1985 Canadian Nationals FD (excerpt)
They finished third
https://youtu.be/JAme5nbtM6w?t=288

1985-86

1986 Europeans FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5wBbjWZy2I

1986-87
OSP: Waltz: "The Skater's Waltz, " Op. 183 by Émile Waldteufel
FD: "Malagueña" by Ernesto Lecuona

1986 Skate America FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEJ7pecrAss
1986 Skate America CD1 Westminster Waltz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qnrB2eqsu8
1986 Skate America CD2 Yankee Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvKix4FMDAo
1986 Skate America CD3 Rhumba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTTq-i_JyLk
1986 Skate America OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56gPa334lY8


1986 St.Ivel tournament FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjQQJ14tOns


1987 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe-Ichnq2RY
1987 Worlds OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEEzxzupESw
1987 Worlds CD1 Rhumba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB0slD5_MZ0
1987 Worlds CD2 Yankee Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOin9NB1iT8
1987 Worlds CD3 Westminster Waltz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FaRD0muIvc

1987-88
OSP: Argentine Tango; choreography by Christopher Dean
FD: Savage Rites; choreography by Christopher Dean

1988 Europeams OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z3oPc6Zbdw
1988 Europeans FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkDmhr4-Evs

1988 Olympics CD1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVV_44_rPXo
1988 Olympics OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMFxoLjFJr0
1988 Olympics FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQKawuklMDc

1988 Worlds CD2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOin9NB1iT8
1988 Worlds OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEz1xYVO-aw
1988 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bO1mBvQP-o

1988-89
OSP Charleston (Josephine Baker); choreo by Christopher Dean
FD: Eleanor Rigby; choreo by Christopher Dean

1989 Worlds CD Argentine Tango
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeS-CTmfHNk
1989 Worlds OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr4BLtPE8og
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y86VfIqFAjY
1989 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QhhRDHOri4

1989-90
OSP: Samba (samba instrumental version of Late in the Evening by Paul Simon); choreo by Christopher Dean
FD: Missing I; Dolencias and Sikuriades Inti Illimani; choreo by Christopher Dean

1990 Worlds OD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVXFZgo9YHs
1990 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coM4d1CQZfs

1990 Europeans FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucR_UgA4s3E

Interview at 1990 Europeans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxrFCAgaBHk

1990-91
OD: Blues; choreo by Christopher Dean
FD: Missing II; Atahualpa and Cacharpaya by Inti Illimani; choreo by Christopher Dean
FD1: Reflections, music: Ocean Waves (0 Mar) by George Winston; choreo by Christopher Dean

1991 Europeans FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qaqag3LTHM

1991 Worlds OD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7yix2zBk_Q
1991 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXkeiamsCew
Medal Ceremony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faRPePCNAGo&list=PLMyjR-imnVbzO6ioFpChFyB4EWCzwtz21&index=25


1991-92
OD Polka: "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music soundtrack;choreo by Christopher Dean
FD: Westside Story soundtrack by Leonard Bernstein; choreo by Christopher Dean

1992 Olympics CD1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-z-_ihVIcY
1992 Olympics CD2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWJofRWCj3I
1992 Olympics OD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar8AclSXsLA
1992 Olympics FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h_GzLX7ofo

GALAS AND EXHIBITIONS

La legende du trophée Lalique (A group number featuring Paul amd Isabelle)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wo4czRH72A&list=PLMyjR-imnVbzO6ioFpChFyB4EWCzwtz21&index=35

1994
Beethoven's Seventh Symphony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4zXCnxE7W8&list=PLAE05C85338B55531&index=13&t=0s

Master's Miko
Skating to Beethoven's Seventh Symphony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JllrkUUgQ1Y&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=7

1994 Oberstdorf Gala on Ice
Air on G String by Jacques Loussier Trio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8qXFGWIc_Q&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=22

1991 Worlds Gala - Tango
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHBPVjyQ1Ko

1991 Europeans Gala - Blues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va2POs_9cxE

1990 Skate Electric EX and Interview (Missing I)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln90hhsRdJ0

1990 Worlds Gala, Missing I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta3anIupqFQ

1989 Lalique Trophy Gala (invited)
Malaguena performed by Stanley Black & His Orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_sNYxva7CM

1986 St. Ivel's EX Paso Doble/Flamenco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfLnI4LfMtw&list=PLMyjR-imnVbzO6ioFpChFyB4EWCzwtz21&index=19


INTERVIEWS, MEDIA, ARTICLES

1988 profile of the Duchesnays
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnVrTLqU6zU

Documentary, The Road to Albertville, about Paul.and Isabelle, in French
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAme5nbtM6w

The Making of Missing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLOxPbTk5Ss&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=9

Stars 90 Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5Cz5y15tn4

Stars 90 Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZf45iUeHyU



1992 FR3 INTERVIEW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLo4B28Gn1U

Career of the Duchesnays Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRhZyF9jHcU

Career of the Duchesnays Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0FJcCCJJAo

Career of the Duchesnays Part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWjb-iAoi0E

Career of the Duchesnays Part 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjzutiQSr9I

Career of the Duchesnays Part 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLyU_5c2AdQ

Career of the Duchesnays Part 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wdrEdUE90s

Isabelle et Paul Duchesnay, deux patineurs déterminés
by PAUL GABOURY
Feb. 2019
https://www.ledroit.com/chroniques/...s-determines-404b2d40bc691ea256dd0d688371e229
 
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dorispulaski

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The Planets (by Gustav Holst)

Starring aul Duchesnay · Isabelle Duchesnay · Brian Orser · Sonia Rodriguez · Owen Montague · Learie McNicolls · Michael Trentas · Graham McKelvie · Members of the Toronto Dance Theatre · Montreal Symphony Orchestra · Charles Dutoit · Choreography by Lar Lubovitch

A spectacular ice fantasia featuring the world skating champions Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay and former world champion Brian Orser. Set to the music of the symphonic masterpiece by Gustav Holst, this dazzling production incorporates solo and ensemble ice dancing, precision group skating and synchronized swimming
.

In 1996, the Duchesnays were nominated for a Gemini Award (Canadian Cinema and Television awards) in Best Performance - Performing Arts Program or Series for their performance in “The Planets”.




Intro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra_stvSxnnI&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=8

1. Neptune
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT4FBMm2W0Y&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=4

2. Uranus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-XpL-o0l9I&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=3

3. Venus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL36bMXi7LI&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=2

4. Mercury
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Z2MqPcB38

5. Mars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJda994-ZAo&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=1

6. Saturn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdSc-Lo8Yl0

7. Jupiter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rSLgf0kwNg&list=PL0vYMw7T7zqbw7Ny7D_YCKwZwn7Txdklq&index=26
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y_o7EJJus8
 
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