Dube, Davison 3rd at Skate Canada

Canadians Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison sit in third place in the pairs competition following Friday's short program at Skate Canada in Ottawa.

Canadians Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison sit in third place in the pairs competition following Friday's short program at Skate Canada in Ottawa.

Dube and Davison, from Drummondville, Que., posted a score of 60.14, skating to a orchestral version of Coldplay's Fix You.

Russian duo Alexander Smirnov and Yuko Kawaguchi sat in first place at the end of the short program with a score of 65.02.

Americans Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker were in second with a score of 60.66.

The Canadians won the bronze medal at last season's world figure skating championships in Sweden.

Dube and Davison have added a triple twist this season, an important element if they hope to battle for a podium spot at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

"I wasn't as high as it should have been," Davison said. "That's the only part we're having trouble with right now is the catch, and we need really just a little mileage on it and it will get bigger, and it will be right there."

The pair lost points for their spiral footwork that changed slightly from the program's requirement.

"We found out we had a problem coming here and it was too late to change it," Davison said. "Sometimes the rules get vague for everyone and there's grey areas that we're not totally sure about. All of a sudden we get here, and we're not really sure. Today we stuck with what we had and if we had an extra day or two we probably would have changed it."

Mylene Brodeur of Stanbridge Station, Que., and John Mattatall ranked sixth (50.76), while Rachel Kirkland and Eric Radford of Toronto were seventh with 50.08.

Americans lead ice dance

In the ice dance competition, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the compulsory dance program with a score of 34.29. France's Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat were second with 33.90, while Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre of the U.S. were third at 31.67.

Vanessa Crone of Aurora, Ont., and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., placed fourth with a score of 31.11. Andrea Chong of Toronto and Montreal's Guillame Gfeller were eighth with 26.29.

With files from Canadian Press

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