Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison have a simple goal for the off-season — learn to love skating again.
The Canadians had hoped to salvage a disappointing season and performance at the Vancouver Olympics with a podium finish at the world figure skating championships, but instead finished sixth Wednesday in pairs, matching their finish at the Games last month.
"Somewhere in between France [where they won silver in a Grand Prix in the fall] and Skate Canada and the rest of the season, something went downhill and we started getting away from what makes us good in competition," Davison said. "Can't really necessarily put my finger on it right now, but I think with a little reflection, we'll figure it out and we'll try and fix it."
Dube, from St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Que., and Davison, from Huntsville, Ont., scored 177.07 points, moving up from their eight-place spot after the short program with their free skate to The Way We Were.
Olympic silver medallists Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China won the gold with 211.39 points. Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, third in Vancouver, won silver with 204.74, while Russians Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov took the bronze with 203.79.
Anabelle Langlois of Hull, Que., and Cody Hay of Edmonton moved up from 12th to finish 10th overall.
'We had one major error'
The 22-year-old Dube, and Davison, 24, weren't perfect, Dube doubling the dreaded triple Salchow that she fell on twice in Vancouver and once already in Turin in the short program. Davison botched their final spin when his foot got tangled up in his pants. They got zero points for the spin.
"I actually caught my blade straight in my pants when I drew through with my heel, went straight in, put a hole in it, those kinds of things happen," Davison said. "Otherwise, we had one major error [the double Salchow], and the spin — a minor error — ended up costing more than the major error.
"It's crappy, but that's part of it. You just can't get your heel caught in your pants."
'We did a good job today'
The Canadians garnered a loud ovation from the Palavela crowd for their skate to Marvin Hamlisch's sentimental strains from the 1973 romantic movie starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford.
"If I didn't screw up the spin at the end, I think it would have been even bigger, but that's exactly what we want," Davison said.
"I think we did a good job today of what we want to do, we made pretty much the same errors as we made in the short, but not that we cared a little bit less but we wanted to perform more than be technical."
"It was easier today to put [the mistakes] behind us and move forward," Dube added. "I guess we should learn to do that all the time, it's much better."
The two plan to keep the long program for next season, but after taking some time off this summer, will get busy working on a new short program for the coming year.