Up until the third Grand Prix event of the season, Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje have been a complete mystery.
Little to nothing was known about their coaching team, their training base, their programs for the pre-Olympic season – some rumors, hearsay and a couple of videos from High Performance Camp in Mississauga only made their presence at Rostelecom Cup one of the most awaited moments of the competition.
So here they are, Kaitlyn and Andrew, during a genuinely open conversation in Moscow, at the end of the free dance and ensuing press conference, throwing some light on last season – and mostly on the decisions that followed their 5th place at 2016 Worlds in Boston.
But there’s more to this interview than a sum of radical changes made entering the season; there’s them happy, eyes glowing, looking ahead with confidence, thrill, anticipation; and their bronze medal at Rostelecom Cup seems to be just the beginning of an exciting journey upwards.
In the 2014-15 season, their hard work, persistence and talent prevailed, as they dominated ice dancing, winning not only Grand Prix competitions - Skate Canada and NHK Trophy - but the Grand Prix Final (first Canadian team to do so in 13 years), ISU Four Continents Championships and second World Championships medal.
“We find the silver linings in all the difficult moments and show ourselves what we can do no matter what happens—going through adversity and showing our strength,” says Poje.
Generally, those invited to the gala are the best competitors from the championship.
“Apart from physical attraction, I think companionship is important if you want it to last."Felicia Zhang, 20, and Nathan Bartholomay, 24, have also only been skating together a little more than two years, but you'd never know it from their sexy synergy on the ice. Three-time Canadian bronze medalists Paige Lawrence, 23, and Rudi Swiegers, 26, have been skating together since 2005.
Weaver dislocated her left shoulder in the warm-up before the original dance but was able to compete and the couple won the bronze medal. In the 2007–08 season, Weaver/Poje competed on the senior Grand Prix series at the 2007 Skate Canada International, where they placed 6th, and at the 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard, where they placed 7th.
They won the silver medal at the 2008 Canadian Championships, placed 5th at the 2008 Four Continents, and 17th at the 2008 World Championships.
They went to the 2007 Canadian Championships and won the bronze medal in their first season together.
They were placed on the team to the 2007 Junior Worlds.