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New pair team: Jessica Dubé and Sébastien Wolfe

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    I thought we should have a new thread for this newly reported team by the journalexpress.ca:
    Excerpt translated into English:
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2011
  2. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

    Good for them!
  3. skipaway

    skipaway Well-Known Member

    Although I'm not a fan of JD, I wish this new team well in their endeavors.
  4. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    Good luck to them. Wolfe is a nice skater.
  5. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

    Maybe we'll see a different Jessica now that there appears to be a possibility she'll be happy in the partnership.


    I hope he too finds a wonderful new partner when he's healed.
  6. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    Seems like this will make it hard for Jessica to focus on her singles skating...

    /sorry for the snark. I do wish them good luck. I love pairs- so I want all of them to do well!
  7. blademate

    blademate Active Member

    poor Tara...

    does anyone know if she has had any luck finding a new partner? Obviously Jess is a great opportunity for Seb, but Tara is just a young girl, I would hate to think she got dumped for "someone better"...
  8. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

    Love Wolfe's skating so I'm glad to see him continue on with Jessica. Wish them the best with their new Partnership!
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  9. Mevrouw

    Mevrouw living every minute

    Jess' dress in the photo with that article is better than most of the competition costumes she's had for the last 5 years.
  10. flowerpower

    flowerpower Well-Known Member

    Sebastien has aged out of juniors, I believe, so that may have made it hard for him and Tara to continue.
  11. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    Wow, I just found out that I can still read French reasonably well. Haven't tried in years.
    I'm looking forward to seeing how they look together.
  12. Chele615

    Chele615 Let's go Anacode!!!

    This has a very "Anabelle and Cody" vibe to it....with them both splitting with their respective partners, training together, skating together to keep up the pairs skills and then deciding to skate with each other. Hopefully they'll have the same success that Anabelle and Cody did!!!
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  13. quebecoise

    quebecoise New Member

    Great choice! I like Sebastien Wolfe! I saw him a few times skating, specially at my skating's club show in 2009.

    I think they can be a great couple. Can't wait to see what they can do!

    but I'm still sad she won't be with Bryce anymore...:(
  14. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    Eh, I still feel bad for Bryce that it seems like Jessica might have blindsided him

    I don't know why she had ot say all that stuff about skating singles. I guess the partnership with Wolfe wasn't finalized yet?
  15. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

    I wish the best of luck to Jessica and Sébastien! :cheer2:
  16. dramagrrl

    dramagrrl Well-Known Member

    It also has an Anabelle and Cody vibe to it in the less-than-honourable way the female partner went about dumping the (supportive, more consistent) male. I was never able to fully cheer for Anabelle and Cody after what she did to Patrice and I will never be able to fully cheer for Jessica and Sebastien (as much as I have always liked Jess's skating) after the way she handled this situation with Bryce. :(
  17. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    Hmm, I never kknew the full story on that
  18. Pratfall

    Pratfall Active Member

    :lol: Bravo, Jessica and good luck !

    I find the level of vitriol levelled at these young women completely bizarre . I suppose some people would be happier if they had continued to stay and stay in a partnership that had stagnated ( or the other older partner was wanting to retire , or whatever ) and cut their careers short.
    Are we talking about athletes, or characters in a soap opera ...
  19. shutterbug

    shutterbug Well-Known Member

    I could never bring myself to cheer for Anabelle and Cody either for the same reason. Unfortunately it will be the same with Jessica and Sebastien, even though I quite like Seb. It’s a shame when the origins of a partnership influence how you feel about a team. Slightly OT, didn’t Anabelle also try out with Craig Buntin when he was searching for a partner in 2007?
  20. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    ita! where was this frock hiding?
  21. ksneds

    ksneds New Member

    I don't think the "vitriol" is aimed at the ending of the partnerships - such partnerships evolve over time, and it's entirely natural for some to come to end earlier rather than later - but at the way in which they were ended.

    The level of transparency in terms of making public the reasons behind the break-ups is very tricky issue with a lot of gray area. On one hand, skaters are certainly entitled to privacy in terms of their personal life, and decisions related to pairs teams can be intensely personal. After all, more than a few teams have become romantically involved, and that blurs the line between personal life and professional life.
    Yet, on the other hand, elite pairs teams like Dube & Davison and Langlois & Hay, are making a career out of their skating. Not to mention receiving considerable funding from Skate Canada and other sponsors, and press coverage in national/international publications. So, I think that there's a reasonable expectation of publicity/transparency regarding their career and career decisions. Just as there would be - within the bounds of legal and privacy regulations - for any person working in a professional career. Especially when you are receiving funding from organizations - if the partnership ends, you better be able to clearly articulate why to the people who have given you money for a season that didn't happen.

    As to Langlois & Hay - I don't know anything about the back story to their partnership, but they did end up making an Olympic team together so in retrospect, pairing up hardly seems a bad decision. Also, if you believe their Facebook pages, they are engaged, which might explain why Hay is not seeking out another competitive partner - not to mention that they seem quite busy with coaching and working on the reality TV ice shows.
  22. flowerpower

    flowerpower Well-Known Member

    I am puzzled by this comment. Due to Davison's injury, it was evident that they could not skate together this year - so Skate Canada and all other sponsors who may have given them money this season are well aware of why they did not compete.

    I believe that the message posted at Skatebuzz announcing the end of their partnership, graciously thanking supporters/sponsors/etc. was highly appropriate. I do not believe that any more details are necessary.

    I do not think that the "vitriol" relates to any business-related need for transparency.
  23. ksneds

    ksneds New Member

    I was referring to partnerships in general, not D&D in particular.

    D&D's press release was an elegant end to the partnership. But there seems to be a lot of questions regarding Dube's new partnership and the real reasons for the end of D&D's partnership.
    However, I was just trying to point out the difficulties/gray areas in what should be made public about partnerships beginning and ending.
  24. flowerpower

    flowerpower Well-Known Member

    I hear what you're saying, fair enough.

    IMO, when long-term relationships (either personal or professional) come to an end, there are often multiple reasons, and rarely a neat narrative. I personally don't feel that people outside the relationship need to know all of the details. D&D's press release was plenty for me.

    There are always questions that can be asked about a break-up, but unless we know both people intimately, we never get the full story. And frankly I don't want to see D&D's dirty laundry (everyone has some). YMMV.
  25. clarie

    clarie Well-Known Member

    Well, I, for one and glad Jess decided to stay with pairs and go with a new partner. She's still very young, and it's her prerogative whether she wants to change partners, skate singles, or quit. Davison, from what I gleaned from reports of his injuries, will be unable to skate competitively again, or at least it is doubtful. The dynamics of their past and present relationship are unknown and perhaps they want to keep it that way. I think Davison was trying to foster sympathy.......and I'm thinking "get on with it, man". Perhaps he will share his knowledge and experience in a coaching capacity. I wish him success in whatever he decides to do. Who knows, but I also wish every success to this new team. I hope they do well and I'm looking forward to seeing them at Can Nats next year.
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  26. skatingfan04

    skatingfan04 Active Member

    Wow.:eek: I didn't see that coming. Good for her. I hope they do well together:)
  27. leafygreens

    leafygreens Well-Known Member

    This is weird news, considering Jessica was so excited about pursuing her future as a single skater. I guess she changed her mind. There was talk about her breaking up with Bryce because she refused to leave Quebec. Maybe Sebastien meets this requirement.
  28. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Here's Wolfe's Senior Men's SP video from the Quebec Summer Championships in early August 2010:
    ETA this relevant post from the D/D split thread:
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011
  29. quebecoise

    quebecoise New Member

    With all the talking and the articles, I think the real reason why she broke up with Bryce(on ice) was exactly what you said. She didn't want to make necessary sacrifices to improve their skating. She didn't want to leave Quebec and leave her coaches team(Annie Barabe, Sophie Richard).

    It makes sense that now with Sebastien Wolfe, she can stay in Quebec and has Annie and Sophie as coaches.
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  30. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    He looks really good. He is not as artistic as Bryce, but he can give to the team some energy !