Canadian figure skaters Dube, Wolfe debut in 6th
Jessica Dube and Sebastien Wolfe made their international debut as a pair and took sixth spot in the long program Friday at the Nebelhorn Trophy figure skating competition in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov led Russia to a 1-2 finish with 183.65 points.
Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov were second at 165.23 and Caydee Denney and John Coughlin of the U.S., were third at 162.73.
Dube, from St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Que., spent the past several seasons with Bryce Davison highlighted by a bronze medal at the 2008 world championships.
"It was an average performance," said Dube. "It wasn't at the level that we had been performing the program in training. We are still learning to skate together but we are confident we are going to get better. This was a great experience."
Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Brandon, Man., finished a bit stronger by taking fifth spot.
"We were a bit disappointed with our result," said Lawrence, a bronze medallist with her partner at last year's Skate Canada. "We left out some important elements in our program. I think we were a bit nervous but we just need to get back into training and make the necessary adjustments."
The pair was introducing two new programs at this competition.
"Our long program has a lot more elegance to it this year," said Swiegers. "It's 18th century classical music so it's a big change."
In men's competition, Yuzur Hanyu of Japan won the gold medal, Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic was second and Stephen Carriere of the U.S., third.
Elladj Balde of Pierrefonds, Que., was 10th and Samuel Morais of Laval, Que., 11th.
In women's competition after Friday's short program, Adriana DeSanctis of Barrie, Ont., stands 19th.
In Thursday's short dance, Kharis Ralph of Toronto and Asher Hill of Pickering, Ont., are in the thick of the gold medal hunt with 52.03 points. Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi of Germany lead at 55.03. Tarrah Harvey of Vancouver and Keith Gagnon of Surrey, B.C., stand eighth.
The ice dance and women's finals are on Saturday.