QUEBEC CITY World champion Brian Joubert of France won Skate Canada on Sunday, hours after U.S. ice dancer Melissa Gregory was injured in a fall.
Joubert won gold despite jumps that weren't anywhere near the quality he produced in winning the world title last March in Tokyo. He tumbled to the ice on his quad at the start.
"I'm disappointed with the quad," Joubert said. "I was nervous and thinking too much about what I had to do."
Kevin Van Der Perren of Belgium edged Joubert in the free skate and finished second overall, while Canadian champion Jeff Buttle, the 2006 Olympic bronze winner, was third.
The same scenario occurred at Skate America last week, when Japan's Daisuke Takahashi won the title even though U.S. champion Evan Lysacek won the free skate.
Buttle said he couldn't get comfortable.
"Maybe I was a little bit anxious," he said. "I don't if it was because it was my first (major) competition or what. I just wasn't on top of my game."
American Jeremy Abbott was eighth, and countryman Scott Smith was ninth Sunday.
Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took the gold. Virtue and Moir scored 99.62 points in the free dance to clinch the overall title.
Italians Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte finished second overall, while Pernelle Carron and Mathieu Jost of France were third.
Gregory was responsive and alert in a hospital after a scary accident during the warmup for the free dance. A CT scan showed the head and neck areas clear, and it was expected she'd be released later Sunday.
Gregory and skating partner Denis Petukhov, who are married, were practicing a rotational lift. He was holding her with one arm when they lost their connection. Both fell.