Jessica Dubé

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Jessica Dubé
Skate Canada 2008 Jessica Dubé Bryce Davison Podium.jpg
Dubé and Davison at 2008 Skate Canada International
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1987-10-29) October 29, 1987 (age 27)
Drummondville, Quebec
Home town Varennes, Quebec
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Former partner Sébastien Wolfe
Bryce Davison
Samuel Tetrault
Former coach Annie Barabé, John Zimmerman, Sophie Richard, Yvan Desjardins, David Pelletier
Former choreographer Sébastien Britten, David Wilson, Lori Nichol, Pasquale Camerlengo
Skating club Drummondville CPA
Former training locations Contrecœur, Quebec
Began skating 1991
Retired January 9, 2013
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 192.78
2008 Worlds
Short program 68.66
2008 Worlds
Free skate 124.12
2008 Worlds

Jessica Dubé (born October 29, 1987) is a Canadian figure skater who is best known for her pairs career with Bryce Davison. They are the 2008 World bronze medalists, the 2009 Four Continents silver medalists, and three-time Canadian national champions (2007, 2009, 2010). They represented Canada at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. With later partner Sébastien Wolfe, Dubé is the 2012 Canadian national silver medalist.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Jessica Dubé began skating at age four.[1] She eventually took up pair skating and competed for a few seasons with Samuel Tetrault. During the 2002–03 season, they won silver at the Junior Grand Prix Final and also became Canadian junior champions.

Partnership with Davison[edit]

Dubé teamed up with Bryce Davison in July 2003.[1] The two had a successful junior career before moving up to the senior level in 2005–06. They placed 10th at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and 7th at the World Championships that same season. She has also competed in singles skating. Her highest finish in the senior ladies' event at the Canadian Championships was 6th in 2008; internationally, she was a medalist at two junior Grand Prix events.

In the summer of 2006, Dubé suffered an injury in practice and was removed from the ice on a backboard; she had knee surgery in September. They trained both short and long programs for nationals, while Jessica also trained a short program for the singles event. They won their first national crown in Nova Scotia at the 2007 Canadian Championships. After an on-ice accident at the 2007 Four Continents (see below), they made a comeback a month later at the World Championships, where they again finished seventh.

Dubé and Davison on the podium at 2008 Worlds

Dube and Davison had a breakthrough season in 2007–08. They won their first Grand Prix medals, including a gold at 2007 Skate America. They lost the national title to Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay at the 2008 Canadian Championships, but two months later at the World Championships, they won the bronze medal after finishing second in the long program;[2] they set personal best scores in each segment of the event and overall.

The next two seasons did not prove as successful, and while they regained and then defended their national title, the pair were unable to repeat their success at the World Championships. Their top placement during this time was a second place finish at the 2009 Four Continents Championships. Dube and Davison were part of Team Canada at the inaugural World Team Trophy in April 2009. In the 2009–10 Olympic season, they medalled at both Grand Prix events but did not qualify for the Grand Prix final. They were sixth at the Olympics and at Worlds.

Dubé and Davison withdrew from 2010 Skate Canada International after Davison suffered a knee injury.[3] Davison underwent season-ending surgery to reattach a broken piece of bone.[4]

Dubé elected to compete as a singles skater in 2010–11.[5] She qualified for Canadian Nationals, and competed in the ladies' event for the first time in three years, her last appearance being in 2008 when she finished 6th.[6][7] Despite falling ill with a virus on the morning of the free skate, she skated to a 6th place finish in 2011.[8]

Dubé and Davison announced the end of their partnership on March 10, 2011.[9][10][11][12] Dubé said she intended to continue as a singles skater but did not rule out returning to pair skating in the future.[9]

Accidents[edit]

On February 8, 2007, Dubé was struck in the face by the blade of Davison's skate during the free skate segment at the Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs. The pair were on their third rotation of a side-by-side camel spin, in which one leg is horizontal during the spin, when they began to drift towards one another, causing her face and his skate blade to connect. She immediately fell to the ice and clutched at her face as blood pooled on the ice. Davison comforted her as the medical staff put her on a stretcher and took her to Memorial Hospital.[13] She underwent surgery that night, receiving 83 stitches to repair a laceration on her left cheek and nose.[7][14] Her eye was not affected and nothing was broken. Both skaters were later treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, but by March 2007 they had returned to competition together.[15]

In April 2009, at the gala exhibition of the 2009 World Team Trophy in Tokyo, Dubé accidentally struck Davison on the head during a triple twist; he was unable to catch her and she crashed to the ice, hitting her head.[16][17] Dubé and Davison were hospitalized as a precautionary measure, but neither was seriously injured.[18][19]

Partnership with Wolfe[edit]

On April 17, 2011, Dubé announced that she had teamed up with Sébastien Wolfe.[20][21] The pair made their competitive debut at the Liberty Summer competition in July, winning the free skate.[22] They are coached by Annie Barabe and also work with John Zimmerman on pair elements.[23] Dubé and Wolfe made their international debut together at the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy, where they finished 6th.[11] They competed at two Grand Prix events, 2011 Skate Canada International, where they finished 5th, and 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard, where they were 6th. Dubé and Wolfe won the silver medal at the 2012 Canadian Championships and were assigned to Four Continents and Worlds. At the 2012 Four Continents, they finished 8th.

In the 2012–2013 season, Dube and Wolfe were assigned two Grand Prix events, the 2012 Skate America and 2012 Rostelecom Cup, but withdrew from both. Dubé had an injury to her right foot which affected their training.[24] After several months of consideration, Dubé and Wolfe announced on January 9, 2013 that they had both decided to retire from competition.[24] Dubé has completed her initial National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and begun coaching alongside Yvan Desjardins and Michelle Godbout.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Dubé has an older sister, Veronique, who competed at the national level.[1] Dubé lost part of a finger in a lawnmower accident at the age of four.[25]

Following her competitive retirement, Dubé moved to Montreal where she is a student at Concordia University.[24]

Programs[edit]

Dubé competing in the ladies' event at the 2011 Canadian Nationals

With Wolfe[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2012–2013
[26]
  • Three Hours Past Midnight
    by James Collin
2011–2012
[27]
  • Three Hours Past Midnight
    by James Collin
Heroes
by Philip Glass:
  • Sense of Doubt
  • Neuköln
  • VS Schneider

With Davison[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2009–2010
[28]
2008–2009
[29]
2007–2008
[30]
  • Galicia Flamenca
    by Gino D'Auri
  • The Blower's Daughter
    by Damien Rice
2006–2007
[31]
  • Galicia Flamenca
    by Gino D'Auri
  • The Blower's Daughter
    by Damien Rice
  • The Blower's Daughter
    by Damien Rice
2005–2006
[32]
2004–2005
[33]
  • Hasta Que Te Conocí
    by Raúl di Blasio
2003–2004
[34][35]
  • Whose Woods These Are
    by David Tolk

Singles career[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2010–2011

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Wolfe[edit]

Results[36]
International
Event 2011–12 2012–13
World Championships 12th
Four Continents Champ. 8th
GP Rostelecom Cup WD
GP Skate America WD
GP Skate Canada 6th
GP Trophée Bompard 5th
Nebelhorn Trophy 6th
National[37]
Canadian Champ. 2nd WD
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

With Davison[edit]

Results[38]
International
Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Olympics 10th 6th
Worlds 7th 7th 3rd 7th 6th
Four Continents WD 2nd
Grand Prix Final 4th
GP Bompard 2nd
GP Cup of China 4th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd 3rd
GP Skate America 6th 1st
GP Skate Canada 2nd 2nd 3rd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 2nd 2nd
JGP Final 1st WD
JGP China 2nd
JGP Japan 1st
JGP Mexico 1st
JGP USA 1st
National
Canadian Champ. 1st J. WD 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

With Tetrault[edit]

International
Event 2001–2002 2002–2003
Junior Worlds 9th
JGP Final 6th 2nd
JGP Canada 3rd
JGP Germany 1st
JGP Japan 2nd
JGP Netherlands 3rd
National
Canadian Champ. 1st N. 1st J.
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
JGP = Junior Grand Prix

Singles career[edit]

International
Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2010–11
JGP China 3rd
JGP Germany WD
JGP Mexico 3rd
JGP Poland 6th
Mladost Trophy 3rd N.
National
Canadian Champ. 2nd N. 5th J. 2nd J. 8th WD 6th 6th
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

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