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Skate Canada: CANADIANS CONTINUE ICE DANCE DOMINANCE AT SKATE CANADA

Tessa Virtue+Scott Moir (CAN) are currently on sabbatical.  The 5-time Skate Canada champions watched from the broadcast booth as Weaver+Poje emerged from behind the shadows and stepped into the winner’s circle.

Maple Leaf flags waved triumphantly during the victory ceremony. The familiar strains of “Oh Canada” blasted far beyond the Prospera Place walls to herald a changing of the guard – the “team in waiting” had won gold at the ISU Grand Prix event in Kelowna, BC.

Kaitlyn Weaver+Andrew Poje (Can) won the Paso Doble Short Dance, showing their aggressive side with Level4 twizzles and partial step sequence.

Dancing to a contemporary arrangement of Vivaldi’s, Four Seasons, the Canadians earned Level 4 for two lifts and the spin. The twizzles and step sequence were Level3. The free program scored 102.49.

The 2014 World silver medalists earlier this season won gold at the, Nebelhorn Trophy, but lost the free program to American rivals Chock+Bates. The Skate Canada program scored 2 points higher.

“Since our last competition we changed a lot in our program,” Poje said. “The spin is different now, some lifts have also changed, and the transitions are more difficult. Now the program better showcases our strengths.  It is still early in the season, so the program will develop more.”

Piper Gilles+Paul Poirier (Can) moved from 4th to second and a silver medal. The classy free program used unusual transitions to score Level4 twizzles, lifts, and spin – much better than the Level1 twizzle error in the Short Dance.

“We wanted to come back and fight so we are pleased with the result,” said Poirier.  “We are really happy about our first silver medal at a Grand Prix,” added Gilles.

Madison Hubbell+Zachary Donohue (USA) placed 3rd in both programs and won bronze. The training partners of Weaver+Poje earned Level 4 in all elements except the step sequences.

The 2014 Four Continents reining champions received two deductions, one for an extended lift, and the other when Donohue fell just prior to entering the final pose.

When I fell, my first thought was that my coach, Angjelika Krilova, is going to kill me,” said Donohue. To make such a mistake at the very end of a program is a bit of a disappointment.”

Back in March Hubbell required surgery to repair a torn labrum in her left hip. They returned to the ice too early and in August had to stop training.

“In September, we made a lot of changes in our programs and pulled out of Finlandia Trophy, but now we’re back,” said Hubbell.

“For our first outing, and having only been able to train for six weeks, it was what we wanted to do – just get our feet wet,” added Donohue.

The Ice Dancers next Grand Prix event is as follows:

Weaver+Poje – NHK Trophy

Gilles+Poirier – Trophee Bompard

Hubbell+Donohue – Trophy Bompard

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