Injured skater Dube returns to rink after surgery

Updated: February 9, 2007, 11:24 PM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Canadian pairs skater Jessica Dube returned to the rink Friday night to watch the men's free skate, a day after having surgery to repair cuts to her left cheek and nose.

Hit by partner Bryce Davison's skate in the free skate competition at Four Continents, Dube was released from a Colorado Springs hospital earlier Friday.

International Skating Union medical adviser Dr. Jane Moran said Dube could resume normal activity in about 10 days.

According to Moran, Dube had sutures in several layers under the skin as well as fine sutures on the skin.

"She should have no complications," Moran said. "She's very, very lucky."

Dube, 19, attended the men's final program with Davison by her side. She thanked everyone for their support in a prepared statement. She also said she's looking forward to getting back on the ice with Davison.

"We both realize the risks involved in pairs skating," Davison said in an earlier statement. "Jess is handling it extremely well. She is tough and calm. We are both looking forward to getting home and back on the ice, and it is our hope to finish our season at the world championships in Tokyo."

After being struck by Davison's skate, Dube immediately fell to the ice and clutched at her face as blood pooled on the ice. Davison comforted her as the medical staff rushed onto the ice, put her on a gurney and transported her to a local hospital.

The pair was on their third rotation of a side-by-side flying camel -- where one leg is parallel to the ice as they spin -- when Davison began to drift toward Dube, catching her with his skate.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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