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Canadian pairs team Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers splitting up

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OTTAWA - Another Canadian Olympic pairs team has split up.

Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, who were 14th at the Sochi Olympics, have ended their nine-year partnership.

Lawrence, from Kennedy, Sask., is looking for a new partner while Swiegers, from Kipling, Sask., takes a year off for personal reasons.

"It was amazing to fulfil 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 in a statement. "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."

The news comes a week after Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch — fifth at the Sochi Olympics — announced they were splitting up.

The 24-year-old Lawrence and Swiegers, 26, are four-time Canadian bronze medallists. They won their first international medal in 2010, a bronze at Skate Canada International. They won bronze that same season at the ISU Four Continents championships.

Lawrence and Swiegers, who were based in Virden, Man., capped their partnership by finishing 12th at the world figure skating championships in Japan in March.

"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 centres to train," Swiegers said. "This isn't goodbye for me but rather see you later."

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