Kaitlyn Weaver, Andrew Poje earn bronze in ice dance
Canadian pair defeated for 1st time this seasonCBC Sports Posted: Mar 27, 2015 2:11 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 27, 2015 2:51 AM ETCanadian pair Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje earned bronze in the ice dance free program at the world figure skating championships on Friday. (Ng Han Guan/The Associated Press)Related StoriesMeagan Duhamel, Eric Radford win pairs gold
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Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje earned bronze in the ice dance free program at the world figure skating championships in Shanghai on Friday.It was the Canadian pair’s first defeat of the 2014-15 season, following gold medal performances at the Grand Prix Final, the Canadian championships, and the Four Continents.Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France took gold in the event, while Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates placed second.Weaver and Poje finished seventh at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won silver and the world championships last year.Toronto’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont. came in sixth place while Alexandra Paul of Midhurst, Ont. and Toronto’s Mitchell Islam finished in 14th place.With files from The Associated Press
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