Hallowed ground helps pair

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:12 PM ET

HALIFAX -- A little bit of David Pelletier and Jamie Sale can go a long way.

Three days on Edmonton Royal Glenora ice with the Olympic gold medal winners worked wonders for Jessica Dube and Brice Davison here yesterday.

"It was four days before Christmas. We went to Edmonton to train with them. We even lived at their house,'' said Dube after finishing first in the short program here yesterday.

"We were so worried because we hadn't been able to skate this year. Being with them made us step back and realize we were OK,'' added the Drummonville, Que., skater who injured a knee in September in practice with her Cambridge, Ont., partner.

This is their first competition of the year.

"We look up to Jamie and David so much. It's great to see them and be with them once in awhile. We spent two weeks with them in Edmonton last summer, too,'' she added.

The pair collected 59.94 points to lead three-time Canadian champions Valerie Marcoux of Gatineau, Que., and Craig Buntin of Vancouver, who sit second at 59.01.

Anabelle Langlois of Grand-Mere, Quebec, and Cody Hay of Grande Prairie placed third after losing much of their season when Langlois lost her skates in baggage en route to Russia for a competition. They scored 55.36.

Meanwhile, the dance duo of Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, silver medal winners at Worlds last year in Calgary, put themselves in position to win a fourth Canadian title yesterday.

The Montreal-born skaters, who live and train in Lyon France, were first in the compulsory dance with 41.16 points. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ont., were well back in second at 34.98.


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