ESPOO, Finland – Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., opened their international season on Saturday with a gold medal performance at the Finlandia Trophy figure skating competition, the fourth stop on the ISU Challenger Series circuit.
Weaver and Poje, who won five gold medals last season in international competition, totalled 161.67 points placing first in both the short dance and free skate. Isabella Tobias and Ilia Tkachenko of Israel were second at 150.89 and Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen of Denmark were third at 147.65.
“We had two great programs although there were some mistakes,” said Weaver, third with her partner at the world championships this past March. “But these events are an opportunity to see the areas we need to improve and get some important feedback.”
The next event for Weaver and Poje is Skate Canada International October 30 to November 1 in Lethbridge, Alta.
Brianna Delmaestro of Port Moody, B.C., and Timothy Lum of Burnaby, B.C., were seventh.
In men’s competition, Liam Firus of North Vancouver is ninth after the short program. The men’s free skate is on Sunday.
Canada has no entries in women’s competition and there is no pairs event.