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Dube, Wolfe retire from competitive figure skating

Reigning Canadian pairs silver medalists decide to end careers

Jessica Dubé and Sébastien Wolfe finished 12th at the 2012 World Championships.
Jessica Dubé and Sébastien Wolfe finished 12th at the 2012 World Championships. (Getty Images)

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By Skate Canada
(01/09/2013) - Jessica Dubé and Sébastien Wolfe, the 2012 Canadian pairs silver medalists, have decided to retire from competitive figure skating. The two had joined up in the spring of 2011 and represented Canada at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships.

Dubé had her greatest success with her previous partner, Bryce Davison, with whom she competed at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and won a bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships.

"Jessica has been a fixture on the international figure skating scene, representing Canada for over a decade. Her strong will, desire and work ethic helped her overcome serious obstacles and challenges, while competing in two Olympics and winning a world bronze medal," said Mike Slipchuk, high performance director, Skate Canada.

One of those obstacles famously occurred at the 2007 Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs, where she was slashed in the face by Davison's skate during side-by-side spins; the injury required 83 stitches.

Dubé has been skating for 21 years and admitted the decision to retire was a difficult one for her.

"Skating has been so much a part of my life," she said. "I started competing internationally when I was 12, and I've learned so much from the opportunities that I had to travel, to work with some amazing people and to compete internationally for Canada."

Dubé had struggled with a right foot injury the past several months, which affected the team's ability to train for this season.

"We looked at continuing, but when we really reviewed everything, we just didn't want to finish our careers without being able to train and compete at our best," Wolfe said. "We just felt this was the right decision for both of us at this stage of our lives."

Wolfe's former partner was Tara Hancherow, and they were the junior pairs silver medalists at the 2011 Canadian Championships.

Dubé has moved to Montreal, where she has already enrolled in courses at Concordia University. Wolfe hopes to pursue a career in firefighting.