Canadian pairs skater Dubé released from hospital

Canadian pairs figure skater Jessica Dubé was discharged from a Colorado hospital Friday after undergoing surgery to repair a severe cut on her left cheek and nose.

Canadian pairs figure skater Jessica Dubéwas discharged from a Colorado hospital Friday after undergoing surgeryto repair a severe cut on her left cheek and nose.

Dubé, from Drummondville, Que., was taken to hospital on Thursday night after she was struck in the face by partner Bryce Davison's skate during the pairs free program at the Four Continents in Colorado Springs.

Dubé and Davison, the reigning Canadian champions, were skating side by side, performing flying camel spins, when his blade sliced her face on the third rotation.

Dubé immediately clutched her face and dropped to the ice,and medical personnel lifted her onto a stretcher for transport.

The 19-year-old was examined by a facial trauma specialist and underwent surgery late Thursday.

Davison said the pair still plans to compete this season with their sights set on the world championships in Tokyo March 19-25.

"We both realize the risks involved in pairs skating," hesaid in a statement."Jess is handling it extremely well. She is tough and calm. We areboth looking forward to getting home and back on the ice."

Dubé and Davison,a 21-year-old fromCambridge, Ont.,have decided to remain in Colorado Springs until the end of the event. They hope to attend the men's free skate Friday evening to cheer on their Canadian teammates, including Jeffrey Buttle who was the men's leader after the short program.

Accident rattled Canadian team

Dubé and Davison were the first pair scheduled to skate on Thursday, and, not surprisingly, the incident unnerved their Canadian teammates enough to affect their performances.

"It happened pretty much before we went on," said Craig Buntin of Kelowna, B.C., who, with partner Valerie Marcoux of Gatineau, Que., to finish fourth overall.

"Before we stepped out for the warmup, I was in tears when I heard about it and, then, I calmed myself down and put it in the back of mind," said Anabelle Langlois of Grand Mere, Que., who skates with Cody Hay from Grande Prairie, Alta.

"As we got closer to the side-by-side [spin], I began to have a hard time and had to fight my brain to stay focused. We were, definitely, a little shaky at times because of the accident."

Langlois and Hay dropped from fifth place to seventh.

Even the winning tandem of Shen Xue and Zhao Hongboof China skated more cautiously following the incident.

"We were [farther] apart from each other," Shen said.