Dube, Davison skate through misfortunes

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 5:56 PM ET

Not that there was anything wrong with the outfit Jessica Dube was wearing yesterday at Skate Canada, but she and senior pairs partner Bryce Davison might want to think about something more practical at the Olympic Games next month.

Maybe something in a nice bubble-pack material.

Dube overcame a wave of physical misfortunes lately and is now off to the Olympic Games in Turin next month with Davison.

Dube and Davison finished second in yesterday's pairs free skate final as the teenagers earned their trip to Italy.

Dube was wearing a brace on her right wrist, a reminder of a car accident in early December. She had a brace on her knee after surgery last year and had an ice bag on her hip almost constantly after she had a heavy spill Friday night while warming up for the senior women's final.

Dube shook off the wrist injury, which kept the pair from practising their lifts until Dec. 27.

"Actually this week, it was really good, fine. I was just wearing (the brace) in case," said the 18-year-old from St-Cyrille de Wendover, Que.

It was a remarkable turnabout for the pair, who twice finished second at the junior worlds. This was their first real shot at the senior title after Dube had to withdraw last year after problems with her knee.

"It's prepared us," said Davison, 19, of the physical setbacks. "It's made us mature as a team and be ready for the sort of things that can happen at any moment."

Dube was injured in early December when the jeep she was driving T-boned another car. It led to some scary moments in the hospital.

"There was a moment where we had the X-rays done and they weren't sure if (her wrist) was broken or not," said Davison. "If it was broken, it would have been seven weeks. The cast would have come off next week. We would have either had to adapt almost everything in our programs or take the nationals off and come back next year."

A second reading of the X-rays revealed the wrist was not broken, but severely sprained.

There was a little rust on their first lift yesterday, which they managed to overcome.

"We tried not to let it bother us. It's supposed to be a combination lift, but it got a little blocked in my left shoulder and it didn't unweight properly," said Davison. "We just took the safe way out of it because if we tried to keep going, something that could have affected our program more. We just decided to keep it clean and keep on going."

Davison said the pair hadn't let themselves think about a trip to the Olympics until recently as the Canadian landscape changed. More experienced teams dissolved, opening the door.

"It was not completely wide open. There was a very good group, a chase group I would call it, that any of us, if we had the best skate could have taken it," said Davison.

"That makes us even more proud because we came out on top of a very deep, talented group."

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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