Despite the language barrier –Jessica was francophone, Bryce spoke solely English –there was an instant connection, and the pair started skating at the junior level.
Over the years, Jessica has become bilingual and Bryce has learnt enough French to get by, though they have their own system to communicating.
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If the reigning Olympic champion's un-retirement announcement last spring didn't strike fear into the hearts of elite male skaters, his actual comeback performances should have: The 27-year-old spanked the field (by 25.52 points) at the Grand Prix's Rostelecom Cup in Moscow in October; set a world best record for total score (271.59) in reclaiming the Russian national title -- his eighth -- in December; and then handily won the European Championships in January.