Cana­di­ans Weaver, Poje sit fourth af­ter ice dance at world cham­pi­onships

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Cana­di­ans Kait­lyn Weaver and Andrew Poje have dom­i­nated the top of the ice dance medal podium for the past two sea­sons. The one ti­tle they’re miss­ing is a world cham­pi­onship gold.

But the two-time Cana­dian cham­pi­ons find them­selves with con­sid­er­able ground to make up af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth in the short dance at the world cham­pi­onships Wed­nes­day.

“I think that we skated very well today,’’ Weaver said, vis­i­bly dis­ap­pointed. “I think it was one of our strong­est short dances to date. Where the dis­con­nect was be­tween that and our score, I’m not sure. But that’s not what we can con­trol.

“We were sell­ing ev­ery­thing we’ve got, and that’s what we’re go­ing to do (Thurs­day) as well.’’

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Gabriella Pa­padakis and Guil­laume Cize­ron of France were first with 76.29 points. Maia and Alex Shibu­tani were sec­ond with 74.70 points, with fel­low Amer­i­cans Madi­son Chock and Evan Bates third at 72.46.

Piper Gilles of Toronto and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., were fifth at 70.70.

Weaver, from Toronto, and Poje, from Water­loo, Ont., won world sil­ver in a de­pleted field in 2014, and then bronze last sea­son.

They’ve won all but two events over the past two sea­sons, in­clud­ing the Grand Prix Fi­nal in De­cem­ber.

Wed­nes­day, their ro­man­tic waltz to mu­sic by Jo­hann Strauss _ with Poje wear­ing a smart cum­mer­bund and tails, and Weaver in an el­e­gant beaded cream dress _ was a crowd pleaser at TD Gar­den, nor­mally home to the Bos­ton Celtics and Bruins. But the judges weren’t quite as im­pressed, down­grad­ing the Cana­di­ans on a cou­ple of el­e­ments. They scored 71.83 points.

Poje said they had no ex­pla­na­tion for the scores, say­ing “We’re on to the next thing.’’

Be­fore their skate, the 29-yearold Poje was spotted rub­bing his back. It was tight, he ex­plained, due to a nasty spill in a warmup ear­lier Wed­nes­day. They in­sisted the fall had noth­ing to do with their per­for­mance.

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