January 22, 2011
Chills get the better of Dube
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency
VICTORIA — Jessica Dube competed in women’s singles this week, and the good news is, she probably won’t be doing it for much longer.
That’s not to slag Dube, who entered the event at the Canadian figure skating championships in order to get some competition while her pairs partner, Bryce Davison, recovers from a serious knee injury.
The personable Varennes, Que., skater gave it her best shot in the free on Saturday, but her effort fell short, partly because she woke up with a virus and was fighting chills all day.
“Until five minutes before I skated, I was sitting on the table in medical room,” she said. “I’m just happy I got through it, but I wasn’t the skater I was (Friday).”
Her freeskate was a letdown after a good short on Friday, where she placed fifth. Dube, 23, fell attempting a triple flip early and doubled a number of other triples and ended up sixth overall. She has skated singles before, but has had much more success skating pairs with Davison. They’ve won three Canadian titles and a bronze medal at the world championships.
There have been rumours that Davison, who underwent surgery last year to reattach a broken piece of bone in his knee, may not return.
But Dube said that his rehab is actually coming along quite well.