Biography:

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje are two-time world medallists in ice dance, winning silver in 2014 and bronze in 2015. At the former, they came within two one-hundredths of a point of claiming the world title. That came on the heels of a seventh-place finish in their Olympic debut at Sochi 2014. In 2014-15, they won every event they entered until the world championships.

Weaver and Poje began their partnership in August 2006, after they had competed  against each other with previous partners. When they both became available at the same time, they had a tryout and found an immediate connection. The new duo decided to compete for Canada, a big move for the American-born Weaver at age 17, but one that she was willing to make to follow her Olympic dreams. Just five months later they debuted at the Canadian championships where they won the bronze medal. They also won bronze at the 2007 World Junior Championships. After competing at the 2007 and 2008 World Championships, they came up short of qualifying for the global event in 2009 and 2010. They also missed the Vancouver 2010 Olympic team by just three-tenths of a point.

After Weaver was sworn in as a Canadian citizen in June 2009, they changed training locations to be in a more competitive environment. Working with coaches Pasquale Camerlengo and Angelika Krylova in the Detroit area, they became stronger technically. When they returned to the world championships in 2011 they were a much-improved team, evidenced by their fifth-place finish before moving up to  fourth at the 2012 World Championships. They had hoped to reach the podium at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario, but their preparations were stalled when Weaver broke her right fibula in December 2012. She underwent surgery, causing them to miss the national championships. Weaver returned to the ice in early February and they were able to compete in London, finishing an incredible fifth.

Ahead of the 2016-17 season, Weaver and Poje began training with coach Nikolai Morozov, splitting their ice time between Hackensack, New Jersey and Moscow, Russia. Taking their skating in a new direction, they finished fourth at the 2017 World Championships, missing the podium by less than four-tenths of a point.

Personal

Getting into the Sport: Starting skating at age six when she received skates along with a skating skirt and sweater for Christmas… Went to the rink on Boxing Day and loved it immediately… Has always been an ice dancer because she wasn’t a strong jumper… Outside Interests: Enjoys ballet, yoga, writing and learning foreign languages… Studying towards a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Waterloo… Co-founded the charity Skate to Great to help give all Canadian children the opportunity to get on the ice… Odds and Ends: Favourite Olympic memory is watching Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz compete at Salt Lake City 2002… Has wanted to be an Olympian since her first time on the ice because it is the highest level possible… Also inspired by Tara Lipinski at Nagano 1998… Sometimes called “Katush” by her coaches, which is a Russian nickname for Katya… Collects keychains during her travels… Favourite quote: “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”