Dube's tough 'n' ready

SHANE ROSS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

She's only 5-foot-2 and maybe 100 lbs., but Canadian athletes don't come much tougher than figure skater Jessica Dube.

Seriously.

Figure skating fans don't need convincing. They remember the accident in February 2007, at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Colorado 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 the nose almost to the 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.

'NOT AT ALL NERVOUS'

"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 have 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," said Dube, a native of Drummondville, Que.

LOST CANADIAN TITLE

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 -- "you can barely see it" -- 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. "They just wanted to make sure I was okay before I went back on the ice. They know what I like to do, and if I wasn't scared to go back on the ice, it was fine with them."


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