Friday, October 9, 2009

Skaters Dube, Davison primed for success

If Bryce Davison has his way, he and pairs partner Jessica Dube will be creating the world’s largest kiss and cry area during the upcoming figure skating season.

“In all honesty we hope to make people cry when we skate (our long program to The Way We Were),’’ Davison said during a conference call Thursday. “We hope to draw the people in so much that they feel like they’re a part of it and they get emotionally attached to it.

“Even if we make very small mistakes technically, we feel that our program is that powerful that it can pull people’s emotions in and that’s what people want because figure skating is such an artistic sport.’’

Davison, 23, of Cambridge, Ont., and Dube, 22, of Drummondville, Que., kick off their ISU Grand Prix season next Friday and Saturday at Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris with their David Wilson-choreographed long program and a short program skated to Requiem for a Dream choreographed by Pasquale Camerlengo.

“(The short program is) something really different for us,’’ Dube said. “It’s more powerful and something more dramatic. We’re looking forward to it. It’s something new to us, but it’s something that we can feel comfortable doing at the same time.”

After taking the bronze medal at the 2008 world championships, Dube and Davison finished a disappointing seventh last year. They’re determined things will be different during this Olympic year.

“Last year our programs never fully developed and matured like we wanted them to,’’ Davison said. “Carmen was a great vehicle, but we could never really get the handle of it. I think this year with a little bit more maturity for both of us and just going back to something we feel a little more comfortable with we’re dong exactly what we need to do to be on the podium like we were in 2008.’’

For the duo, the largest podium of all will be at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in February.

“Of course it means a lot for it to be in Canada and to have all the people behind us,’’ Dube said. “To be on the ice and to know all the people to be cheering for us, to have the opportunity to step on the podium on your own country is huge.’’

Davison played down the pressure of competing at home.

“I wouldn’t say it’s added pressure,’’ Davison said. “Everyone wants us to do well. You go to a store and you meet someone and they ask you what you do and they say, ‘Well, bring back the gold for me.’ For sure, that can bug some people and I_totally understand but we see it as more of an opportunity that it can change our lives.

“It’s something that we’ve been working toward since — whether we realized it or not —_since we were three and four years old. To get that close then say you have a problem with how big and how much pressure it is . . . it’s what you’ve been working on towards your entire life, so we don’t look it upon it as a negative thing at all.’’

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