OTTAWA -- She's only 5-foot-2 and maybe 100 lbs., but Canadian athletes don't come much tougher than Jessica Dube.
Just ask figure skating fans.
They remember the accident in February 2007, at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Colorodo Springs, when the skate blade of pairs partner Bryce Davison struck Dube in the face during a side-by-side camel spin. She fell to the ice in a pool of blood, her left cheek sliced from nose to ear.
Eight days and 80 stitches later, she was back on the ice, and she and Davison have practised or performed that move almost every day since.
They'll do it again this weekend at Skate Canada International at Scotiabank Place.
"I'm not at all nervous," she said. "I don't get scared too often."
So it's not surprising, then, that Dube and Davison will be adding another potentially dangerous move to their program this season.
Under the tutelage of former Olympic gold medallist David Pelletier, the duo has been practising a triple twist, where Davison throws Dube into the air and she spins three times before landing back in his arms.
"Last year we were just doing a double and that's one of the things that was missing, so we're going to do it this year," the Drummondville, Que., native said.
Last year was an up-and-down season for Dube and Davison. Although they finished third at the world championships, they lost their Canadian title to Annabelle Langlois and Cody Hay. But now it's time for a fresh start.
Dube, who turned 21 yesterday, said her scar has healed well and there's no looking back. Quitting was never an option, she said, and although her parents were worried, they support her decision.
"They know I'm pretty strong," she said.