Weaver and Poje snare the bronze at world championships

MILAN, Italy – Kaitlyn Weaver and Andre Poje of Waterloo, Ont., won the bronze medal on Saturday in ice dancing to conclude the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took the gold with 207.20 points, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S. were second at 196.64 and Weaver and Poje collected their third career world championship medal with a personal best 192.35.

‘’I don’t have words for this moment right now,’’ said Weaver. “The program went by so fast and before we knew it we were standing on the podium.’’

The couple were performing their popular Je Suis Malade program.

“We will remember this moment,’’ said Poje. ‘’We really wanted to have that last one go and have a smile on our face at the end of it.’’

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto were sixth and Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver 14th.

‘’To finish on a high note is so rewarding,’’ said Gilles. ‘’This was a roller coaster season for us but we’ve really been pushing ourselves to improve.’’

Soucisse and Firus were hoping to fare better.

‘’Our performances were not as solid as we wanted them to be,’’ said Soucisse. ‘’But overall we gave a good impression at our first worlds.’’

In men’s competition, Nathan Chen of the U.S. took the gold medal with Shoma Uno of Japan second and Mikhail Kolyada of Russia third.

Keegan Messing of Sherwood Park, Alta., was eighth in his worlds debut a four spot improvement on his Olympic performance last month.

‘’To go out there and miss a couple of elements I’ve been nailing all week is a little hurtful,’’ said Messing. ‘’Still I tried to keep my head up and give a good performance. I hope the crowd still loved it.’’

Canada ends the competition with two medals. On Friday Kaetlyn Osmond won an historic gold in the women’s event.

Full results: ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2018

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