Jessica Dubé


Jessica Dubé
Jessica Dubé

Dubé and Davison at 2008 Skate Canada
Personal information
Full name Jessica Dubé
Country represented  Canada
Born October 29, 1987 (1987-10-29) (age 24)
Drummondville, Quebec
Home town Varennes, Quebec
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Partner Sébastien Wolfe (2011-present)
Former partner Bryce Davison (2003-2011)
Samuel Tetrault (2001-2003)
Coach Annie Barabé
John Zimmerman
Sophie Richard
Former coach Yvan Desjardins
David Pelletier
Choreographer Sébastien Britten
David Wilson
Former choreographer Lori Nichol
Pasquale Camerlengo
Skating club Drummondville CPA
Began skating 1991
Season's bests 8 (2009–2010)[1]
5 (2008–2009)[2]
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 in Drummondville, Quebec) is a Canadian figure skater who is best known for her pairs career with Bryce Davison. They are the three-time (2007, 2009, 2010) Canadian national champion, the 2008 World bronze medalist and the 2009 Four Continents silver medalist. They represented Canada at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Dubé currently skates with Sébastien Wolfe.

Contents

Career

Early years

Jessica Dubé began skating at age four.[3] 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

Dubé teamed up with Bryce Davison in July 2003.[3] 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;[4] 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.[5] Davison underwent season-ending surgery to reattach a broken piece of bone.[6]

Dubé elected to compete as a singles skater in 2010–11.[7] 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.[8] Despite falling ill with a virus on the morning of the free skate, she skated to a 6th place finish in 2011.[9]

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

Partnership with Wolfe

On April 17, 2011, Dubé announced that she had teamed up with Sébastien Wolfe.[12][13] The pair made their competitive debut at the Liberty Summer competition in July, winning the free skate.[14] They are coached by Annie Barabe and also work with John Zimmerman on pair elements.[15] Dube and Wolfe made their international debut together at the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy, where they finished 6th.[16]

Accidents

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.[17] She underwent surgery that night, receiving 83 stitches to repair a laceration on her left cheek and nose. 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.[18]

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.[19][20] Dubé and Davison were hospitalized as a precautionary measure, but neither was seriously injured.[21][22]

Personal life

Dubé has an older sister, Veronique, who competed at the national level.[3] Dubé lost part of a finger in a lawnmower accident at the age of four.[23] She formerly dated her pairs partner, Bryce Davison, and later dated ice dancer Scott Moir.[24]

When the end of her partnership with Davison was announced, Dubé stated that she intends to study communications at Concordia University.[10]

Programs

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

With Wolfe

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2011–2012 Three Hours Past Midnight
by James Collin
Selections from "Heroes"
by Phillip Glass

With Davison

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2009–2010 Requiem For a Dream
by Clint Mansell
The Way We Were
by Marvin Hamlisch
Fix You
by Coldplay
2008–2009 Fix You
by Coldplay
Carmen
by Georges Bizet
On fire
by Switchfoot
2007–2008 Galicia Flamenca
by Gino D'Auri
The Blower's Daughter
by Damien Rice
The Blower's Daughter
by Damien Rice
2006–2007 Galicia Flamenca
by Gino D'Auri
The Blower's Daughter
by Damien Rice
The Blower's Daughter
by Damien Rice
2005–2006 Hasta Que Te Conocí
by Raúl di Blasio
Piano Concerto No.7
by George Gershwin
Endless Love
by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
2004–2005 Hasta Que Te Conocí
by Raúl di Blasio
Romeo and Juliet
Soundtrack from the 1968 movie
by Nino Rota and André Rieu
My Immortal
by Evanescence

Singles career

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2010–2011 Amélie
by Yann Tiersen
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
by Michel Legrand

Competitive highlights

With Wolfe

Event 2011–12
Skate Canada International 6th
Trophée Eric Bompard TBD
Nebelhorn Trophy 6th

With Davison

Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Winter Olympic Games 10th 6th
World Championships 7th 7th 3rd 7th 6th
Four Continents Championships WD 2nd
World Junior Championships 2nd 2nd
Canadian Championships 1st J. WD 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 4th
Skate Canada International 2nd 2nd 3rd
Trophée Eric Bompard 2nd
NHK Trophy 3rd 3rd
Skate America 6th 1st
Cup of China 4th
Junior Grand Prix Final 1st WD
Junior Grand Prix, China 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, USA 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Japan 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Mexico 1st
  • J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

With Tetrault

Event 2001–02 2002–03
World Junior Championships 9th
Canadian Championships 1st N. 1st J.
Junior Grand Prix Final 6th 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Germany 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Canada 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Japan 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Netherlands 3rd
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level

Singles career

Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2010–11
Canadian Championships 2nd N. 5th J. 2nd J. 8th WD 6th 6th
Junior Grand Prix, Germany WD
Junior Grand Prix, China 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Poland 6th
Junior Grand Prix, Mexico 3rd
Mladost Trophy 3rd N.
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

References

  1. ^ "ISU Judging System - Season Bests Total Scores 2009/2010 : Pairs". International Skating Union. March 24, 2010. http://www.isuresults.com/isujsstat/sb2009-10/sbtspto.htm. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "ISU Judging System - Season Bests Total Scores 2008/2009 : Pairs". International Skating Union. April 18, 2009. http://www.isuresults.com/isujsstat/sb2008-09/sbtspto.htm. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (June 5, 2004). "Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison: 'We'll Be Back' Say Dube and Davison". GoldenSkate. http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2003/060504.shtml. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dube, Davison skate to bronze at worlds". CBC. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/figureskating/story/2008/03/19/isu-worlds-pairs.html. 
  5. ^ "Dube, Davison out of Skate Canada". The Canadian Press. October 25, 2010. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/figureskating/story/2010/10/25/sp-dube-davison.html. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ Care, Tony; Hicks, Brandon (October 28, 2010). "Figure skater Davison has surgery, out indefinitely". CBC Sports. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/figureskating/story/2010/10/28/sp-davison-surgery.html. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Canada's Bryce Davison out for season". The Canadian Press (CBC Sports). November 8, 2010. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/figureskating/story/2010/11/08/sp-canada-davidson.html. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (November 15, 2010). "Dube, Davison plotting road to comeback". IceNetwork. http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101115&content_id=16104738&vkey=ice_news. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ Smith, Beverley (March 10, 2011). "Dube, Davison to split after nine years skating as pair". The Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/dube-davison-to-split-after-nine-years-skating-as-pair/article1936428/. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c "Dube, Davison ending skating partnership". Postmedia News (nationalpost.com). March 10, 2011. http://sports.nationalpost.com/2011/03/10/dube-davison-ending-skating-partnership/. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ Ainsworth, Alexa (March 10, 2011). "Comments from Dube, Davison on split". universalsports.com. http://www.universalsports.com/blogs/blog=gofigure/postid=523123.html. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ Habashi, Jonathan (April 17, 2011). "Jessica Dubé se déniche un nouveau partenaire: Sébastien Wolfe [Jessica Dubé finds herself a new partner: Sébastien Wolfe]" (in French). journalexpress.ca. http://www.journalexpress.ca/Sports/Patinage/2011-04-17/article-2433179/Jessica-Dube-se-deniche-un-nouveau-partenaire-Sebastien-Wolfe/1. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ Taillon, Jacinthe (May 9, 2011). "Dubé et Wolfe, la chimie [Dubé and Wolfe have chemistry]" (in French). Radio-Canada. http://www.radio-canada.ca/sports/patinage/2011/05/09/001-artistique-dube-wolfe.shtml. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (July 16, 2011). "Dube, Wolfe unveil free skate and win". icenetwork. http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110716&content_id=21872338&vkey=ice_news. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  15. ^ Ainsworth, Alexa (July 16, 2011). "Comeback kids golden at Liberty". Universalsports.com. http://www.universalsports.com/news-blogs/blogs/blog=gofigure/postid=542612.html#comeback+kids+golden+liberty. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  16. ^ DiManno, Rosie (October 27, 2011). "DiManno: Jessica Dubé returns to Skate Canada with new partner". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/article/1077284--dimanno-jessica-dube-returns-to-skate-canada-with-new-partner. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Statement About Condition of Canadian Pairs Skater Jessica Dube". U.S. Figure Skating. February 8, 2007. http://www.usfigureskating.org/event_story.asp?id=37561. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Skaters recover from slash, ready to defend title". CTV. January 16, 2008. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080116/figure_skaters_080116/20080116?hub=CTVNewsAt11. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  19. ^ Ritoss, Robin (April 18, 2009). "Dube Sustains Nasty Fall at World Team Trophy". Skate Today. http://www.skatetoday.com/2009/04/18/dube-sustains-nasty-fall-at-world-team-trophy/. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  20. ^ Ritoss, Robin (April 19, 2009). "Update on Dube and Davison". Skate Today. http://www.skatetoday.com/2009/04/19/update-on-dube-and-davison/. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Canadian pairs team Dube, Davison hospitalized after fall". The Canadian Press (The Toronto Star). April 19, 2009. http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/621058. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  22. ^ Ritoss, Robin (April 20, 2009). "Dube and Davison to Return to Canada". Skate Today. http://www.skatetoday.com/2009/04/20/dube-and-davison-to-return-to-canada/. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Dube, Davison aim to compete at worlds". The Canadian Press (The Toronto Star). February 9, 2007. http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/180165. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Reportage du samedi 27 mars 2010: Ménage à trois sur la glace [Feature of Saturday, March 27, 2010: Menage a trois on ice]" (in French). Radio-Canada. March 27, 2010. http://www.radio-canada.ca/emissions/tellement_sport/2009-2010/Reportage.asp?idDoc=107081. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 

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