Dube, Davison sink to seventh

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

LOS ANGELES -- It was the first time in history Canada has come to a World Figure Skating Championship contemplating the idea of having somebody on each podium.

But that went out the Staples Center window when it came to the first podium available to climb here.

Canada's Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison have had worse days. Like the one where his skate slashed her face for 83 stitches two years ago.

But the two were unable to match their surprise bronze medal from last year's Worlds in Goteborg, Sweden and left themselves in no position to go into last night's free skate final with any hopes for winning a second straight medal.

Dube failed to do her second jump on a double Axel/double Axel sequence to open the free skate final here last night and the pair didn't do anything to improve on the night before when they finished. Indeed. That's where the finished. Seventh.

"They had a rough start to the year. And they had all those expectations of the bronze medal being repeated," said Skate Canada CEO William Thompson of Dube.

"Last year happened so fast it changed their lives. Last year everything came together for them."

This year it came undone.

"You never wish you hadn't been a medallist," said Davison. "No one can take that away from us, if we stopped skating now or in 10 years."

He did say, however, that they'd rather have had a second-rate performance like this at Four Continents last month instead of here.

"We hope to put it behind us and start fresh next year," said Dube.

Meagan Duhamel and Craig Buntin also ended the free skate in the same position they started it - eighth. They were sixth at the first Worlds last year. The combination means Canada will only be able to send two pairs teams to the Olympics next year.


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