Dube and Wolfe retire

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  1. Habs

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  2. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Thanks. Best wishes to both of them on the next chapter of their lives!

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  3. Habs

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    I'm not surprised to hear Jessica is retiring, but I am surprised about Sebastien. He's only 21 - I would have thought he might try again with a different partner.

    Best of luck to them!
  4. kirkbiggestfan

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    Well, someone keeps me a copy of the next Montreal firefighter calendar with Wolfe in it. :)
    Good luck to them.
  5. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

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    That's a shame that their career hast to end now but it sounds like they are both ready for the next chapter in their lives.

    Can't believe that only 6 senior pair teams will be competing next week at Canadians. Skate Canada needs to work on getting some new blood into the pairs program!
  6. Ziggy

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    He's not very high if I remember right? Which makes finding a new partner very difficult.
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    :( That's a shame, but given her persistent injury, I certainly see why they chose to retire. Jessica's had a pretty damn good career!
  8. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    You're misremembering. ;) Wolfe is listed as 188 cm (~74 inches) in his ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00013628.htm

    Makes the 2013 US Nationals Senior Pairs field seem huge with 10 teams! (from 12 teams originally)
  9. DaveRocks

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    Biting tongue, biting tongue. ;)

    His ISU bio lists him at 188 cm, which is nearly 6'2". Not sure if that's accurate...
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    It's sad this happened because of injury, but I've always had a soft spot for Lawrence and Sweigers and this means going to the Olympics might just happen for them provided Canada gets 3 spots for next season.
    Best of luck to Dube and Wolfe in whatever they decide to do next.
  11. Debrah

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    I am sad, but not really surprized; wishing them both good-fortune in their future endeavours.
  12. flowerpower

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    Yes, Sebastien is tall, at least 6'. He had already been considering retirement (and firefighter training) when he aged out of juniors, before partnering with Jessica. It's great that he had an opportunity to compete at the highest international level and gain a silver medal at Nationals before finishing his skating career - he certainly has a lot of talent.

    Best wishes to them both, as they move forward and take on new challenges.
  13. leafygreens

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    Not surprising, as rumors and pics suggested Jessica being out of shape.
  14. Habs

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    I would argue this had more to do with a serious injury than being out of shape.
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    How frustrating to have your body just not go along with the program. Wishing them the best as she heals and they both move on.
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    Probably a cause and effect don't you think.. injury prevents training resulting in not being "competition shape"
  17. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    Sounds like they both have some exciting things planned for their lives. Best of luck to the both of them.
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    Too bad :-(
  19. TAHbKA

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    So what was it about Mervin Tran?
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    I'm probably reading WAY too much into this, but it seemed kind of wierd to me that she thanked Davison and Wolfe, but not her first partner, Samuel Tetrault, with whom she learned pairs (and had good international junior success), IIRC.
  21. Sylvia

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    Yes, pictures are a really accurate way of telling whether a high-level athlete is in competitive form :rolleyes:

    Could you not just be gracious and respect the news of the retirement?
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  23. Habs

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    I wondered the same thing.
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    Thanks for correcting me on Wolfe. If that is the case, it is a real shame he is retiring. He's still young and could continue with another partner.
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  25. AragornElessar

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    A shame. Not a surprise, but still a shame. Best of luck to them!!
  26. blue_idealist

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    You think Jessica will suddenly come out of retirement and partner with Mervin? I doubt it, I think she's too big anyway.
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    And yeah it's tall and not high, hah!
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    She's the one with the injury, but it's possible, going forward, someone might entice him out of retirement. The press release says he's coaching and that firefighting is a future plan, not an immediate one.
  30. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    So who do we have in mind ;)
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    :( So many unfortunate and sad news lately. I wish them the best of luck!
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    I am sorry to hear this. There has always been a lot about Jessica's skating I admired and I thought they looked good together. It does seem to have been a rather sad few months - makes you realize you can't assume anything. It is hard to tell from a press release but it sounds like they both have plans and are ready to move forward yet still stay involved in the sport they love - all the best.
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    No one in particular. I know ice dancing is different, but there is a now defunct US dance team who when I first saw them were a 17-year old with her mid-20's former coach, who came out of retirement because she couldn't find a partner, and she was more than an average talent. He re-retired !fter their split, and while I may be mistaken, I thought I saw his name in US qualifying rounds this year.

    Wolfe may want to team up later with someone who's not on the radar yet.

    ETA: I just found the list of US qualifiers for Nationals, and the skater is Nick Traxler, who with his partner Kristen Nardozzo, placed third at Midwesterns. His old partner was Charlotte Maxwell, with whom he won a bronze at Karl Schaefer in 2008.
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  34. flowerpower

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    Maybe Julianne Seguin, if she wants to return to pairs at some point.
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    Sorry to hear of their retirement, but I wish them both much success in their future plans.
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    Good luck Wolfe and Dube. Wish you all success in your next phase of your life.
  37. The Observer

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    I'll second that request. :lol:
  38. La La Candy

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    I'm sorry to hear this. I really enjoyed Jessica's skating over the years and thought Wolfe was coming along very well. Best wishes to these 2 in their future paths!
  39. arakwafan2006

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    i'm glad that they are going in the direction of retirement. I think that some athletes are unrealistic about the whole picture and stick around too long. There is nothing wrong with the decision and they might feel relieved sooner than later. I do wish them the best
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    My you are tightly wound.

    Yes I hope she feels relieved.

    She is a beautiful woman, and I enjoyed her performances as a singles skater in the 2010-2011 season. She is one of those pairs competitors who has the presence to carry the audience by herself.
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