Olympians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje won ice dance silver at Saitama, Japan on Saturday at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships, their first-ever medal at worlds.
The Canadians nearly overcame a 0.50 points deficit from the short program and lost the world title by an eyelash to the team of Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy, the reigning European ice dance champions.
A miniscule 0.06 points separated gold medal from bronze following the free dance. The final score for the Italians was 175.43, just edging Weaver and Poje’s 175.41 by 0.02 points. The bronze medal went to French duo of Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat who stalked close to the top two with 175.37. Heading into Saturday, the medal-winning teams were within 1.50 points of each other at the conclusion of the short dance.
The gold and silver medal winning ice dance teams from Sochi 2014 were absent from the Saitama slate, but Weaver and Poje beat the current Olympic bronze medallists from Russia – Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov – who finished in fourth place. The Canadians were seventh in Sochi.
Weaver and Poje’s silver marks the second medal for Canada at the 2014 World Championships. Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won bronze in the pairs competition two days earlier.