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Davison, Dube grab Skate America gold

Pairs champs overcome injury to take top spot

Dube and Davison of Canada win gold at Skate America.
Dube and Davison of Canada win gold at Skate America. (Paul Harvath)

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By Linda Przygodski
(10/27/2007) - Reading, Pa. - Comeback: complete.

Canadian pairs champions Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison grabbed the gold medal in the pairs competition at 2007 Skate America. Despite a fall by Dube on a throw triple loop; the duo scored a total score of 173.26.

"I can get discouraged really fast when I miss something," explained Dube. "But, I try and put it to the side and come back confident. I guess it worked."

Friday night, Dube and Davison overcame a couple of minor collisions during the warm-up to the short program to score a personal-best mark of 60.80 to win the short program.

At the Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. in February, Dube suffered a severe cut to her face after being slashed by Davison's skate during a side-by-side spins. She underwent plastic surgery that same night to on the deep cut to her left cheek; today the scar still shows, but only on her face.

On ice, the team, who when they met didn't even speak each other's languages, are pure chemistry.

"We have a natural chemistry," said Davison. "We didn't need to speak. We didn't need to say a word at all...when we are on the ice I know what she is thinking, I know what she is feeling. It gives us an advantage."

Garnering the silver medal were China's Qing Pang and Jian Tong who posted a total score of 165.85. Pang fell on a throw triple loop, dropping their free skate score to 105.53. They also had trouble in Friday night's short program when they struggled with side-by-side triple toe loops. Tong stepped out of element; several of their other elements were also downgraded for minor baubles.

Pang and Tong chalked Friday's skate up to exhaustion, as the pair arrived at 4 a.m. in the states the day of the competition. But, they had no excuse for Saturday's missteps.

"The free skate was better than the short program" Tong described. "After this we will know what to do at the next competition."

Coming in third was the Russian pair of Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov making their debut performance in a senior level Grand Prix event. They snatched the bronze medal with a total combined score of 159.58.

"We're pleased with our performance today and the result," said Bazarova. "It is a good result for us since this is our first senior competition."

Team USA's Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig and Meeran Trombley and Laureano Ibarra came in fourth and fifth, respectively.