Davison skates into retirement

Jessica Dube (left) and Bryce Davison perform their short program at the Vancouver Olympics on Feb....

Jessica Dube (left) and Bryce Davison perform their short program at the Vancouver Olympics on Feb. 14, 2010. (QMI Agency/Martin Chevalier)

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Canadian figure skater Bryce Davison's most recent injury has forced him to pack up his sequins.

Davison, a two-time Olympian and 2008 world bronze medallist in pairs with Jessica Dube, hasn't recovered enough from knee surgery in late 2010 to compete at a world-class level so he has decided to retire and start the next phase of his career, coaching young figure skaters.

The surgery to re-attach a bone fragment in a knee caused him to miss the entire 2010-11 season.

"Since I'm not actively competing this year, we've been a little more conservative with the recovery," Davison said in a media release from Skate Canada Monday.†"There's no need to push it, so for the next six to 12 months, I'm not doing any jumps on a consistent basis."

Davison has not ruled out competing again but, for now, has decided to focus on coaching skaters in Hamilton, Ont. The 25-year-old from Huntsville, Ont., has completed his Level I coaching certification.

"Figure skating has been such a big part of my life, and it has offered me so many opportunities," he said. "I combined figure skating and hockey until I was 15, playing rep hockey up to bantam.†But I really love figure skating, and would like to help more boys see it as a sport they want to pursue.†It's my opportunity to give something back to the sport I love."

In his downtime, the three-time Canadian champion says he will work toward a degree in the medical or scientific field. He also expects to stay involved with Skate Canada.

"Bryce was a member of our national team for many years, and is a terrific ambassador for the sport," Skate Canada high performance director Mike Slipchuk said.†"As an Olympian and world medallist, he will be a wonderful addition to the roster of former athletes who help inspire our up and coming skaters."

Davison and Dube competed in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, finishing 10th in Turin and sixth in Vancouver.

The pair might be best remembered, though, for a horrific accident during the 2007 Four Continents Championship in Colorado, when Davison's skate blade severely cut Dube's face. Dube's nose and left cheek were cut for 83 stitches in the incident.


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