Bryce Davison (born January 29, 1986 in Walnut Creek, California) is an American-Canadian pair skater. With former partner Jessica Dubé, he is a three-time (2007, 2009, 2010) Canadian national champion, the 2008 World bronze medalist and the 2009 Four Continents silver medalist.
Dubé and Davison at 2008 Skate Canada
|Full name||Bryce Davison|
|Born||January 29, 1986|
Walnut Creek, California
|Home town||Huntsville, Ontario|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Former partner||Jessica Dubé (2003-2011)|
|Coach||Annie Barabé |
|Former coach||Yvan Desjardins|
|Former choreographer||Lori Nichol |
|Skating club||Hamilton SC|
|Season's bests||8 (2009–2010) |
|ISU personal best scores|
Davison began skating at age three. He competed with Jessie McNeil at the pre-novice and juvenile levels. They were the 2000 Canadian Juvenile national champions. He later competed with Claire Daugulis on the novice and junior levels.
Davison teamed up with Jessica Dubé in July 2003. 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.
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 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.
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; 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.
Davison suffers from osteochondritis dissecans, which led to his sustaining a serious knee injury in practice in October 2010, forcing the pair to withdraw from the 2010 Skate Canada International. He underwent season-ending surgery to reattach a broken piece of bone. The recovery period was estimated at 18 months.
Dubé and Davison announced the end of their partnership on March 10, 2011. He had felt they needed to make changes but Dubé was unwilling and suggested parting ways. Davison left open the possibility that he might continue skating if he finds the right partner. In July, it was reported that Davison had completed his Level I Coaching Certification and would begin coaching young skaters in Hamilton, Ontario. At the time, Davison said he might compete again, but in December 2011, he confirmed that he had retired from competition. He is the director of skater development at the Hamilton Skating Club.
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. 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.
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. Dubé and Davison were hospitalized as a precautionary measure, but neither was seriously injured.
Davison has dual American and Canadian citizenship. In addition to figure skating, he also played hockey until age 15. He formerly dated his partner Dubé. Davison is studying human anatomy and physiology through Athabasca University online courses.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
Pairs career with DubéEdit
|Grand Prix Final||4th|
|GP Cup of China||4th|
|GP NHK Trophy||3rd||3rd|
|GP Skate America||6th||1st|
|GP Skate Canada||2nd||2nd||3rd|
|Canadian Champ.||1st J.||WD||2nd||1st||2nd||1st||1st|
|GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew|
Pairs career with DaugulisEdit
|Canadian Championships||5th N.||7th J.|
|Junior Grand Prix, USA||5th|
|N. = Novice level; J. = Junior level|
|Canadian Championships||14th N.||3rd N.||10th J.||6th J.||15th||15th|
|N. = Novice level; J. = Junior level|
- "ISU Judging System - Season Bests Total Scores 2009/2010 : Pairs". International Skating Union. March 24, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- "ISU Judging System - Season Bests Total Scores 2008/2009 : Pairs". International Skating Union. April 18, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- Mittan, Barry (June 5, 2004). "Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison: 'We'll Be Back' Say Dube and Davison". GoldenSkate. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
- 2001 BANK OF MONTREAL SKATE CANADA JUNIOR NATIONAL Pre-Novice Pairs[permanent dead link]
- Juvenile Pairs
- "Dube, Davison skate to bronze at worlds". CBC.
- Care, Tony; Hicks, Brandon (October 28, 2010). "Figure skater Davison has surgery, out indefinitely". CBC Sports. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
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- "Canadians cut it too close. (Hamilton's Bryce Davison and partner Jessica Dube in horrifying accident)". The Hamilton Spectator. February 9, 2007.
- "Statement About Condition of Canadian Pairs Skater Jessica Dube". U.S. Figure Skating. February 8, 2007. Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
- "While pairs partner recovers, Dube to skate singles". The Canadian Press. TSN. January 17, 2011. Archived from the original on September 10, 2011.
- Burkholder, Amy (April 23, 2007). "Journey back to the ice: Skaters recover after slash". CNN. Archived from the original on October 5, 2012.
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- Ritoss, Robin (April 18, 2009). "Dube Sustains Nasty Fall at World Team Trophy". Skate Today. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
- Ritoss, Robin (April 19, 2009). "Update on Dube and Davison". Skate Today. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
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- "Reportage du samedi 27 mars 2010: Ménage à trois sur la glace" [Feature of Saturday, March 27, 2010: Menage a trois on ice]. Radio-Canada (in French). March 27, 2010. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
- "Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 30, 2010.
- "Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009.
- "Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008.
- "Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 29, 2007.
- "Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 2, 2006.
- "Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005.
- "Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 13, 2004.
- "2004 World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights". Golden Skate. March 6, 2004.
- "Competition Results: Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012.
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