Canada's Weaver, Poje 3rd after short dance at figure skating worlds

Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje are in medal position after the short dance at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy.

The duo set a personal-best score of 78.31 on Friday and will enter Saturday’s free dance (10:20 a.m. ET) in third place. 

The Canadian ice dance pair are sitting in 3rd place after the short dance program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy.6:14

Weaver and Poje eclipsed their previous mark of 77.47, set in October 2017 at Skate Canada International.

“It’s bittersweet to know we have this in us but what a way to finish the season with the short program — the way we know how,” Weaver told CBC Sports’ Paul Martini. 

Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje reflect on their short dance program with CBC’s Paul Martini at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Milan.0:54

The Canadian pairing are two-time world medallists, having won silver in 2014 and bronze in 2015.

Fellow Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier also set a new personal best in the short program and sit sixth with an overall score of 74.51.

The Canadian ice dance pair are sitting in 6th place after the short dance program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy.6:37

“We’ve been training all year to get above 70 and for it to happen at the world championships is incredible … we made a few changes after the Games — as everyone does — and we flipped some elements and I really felt like that gave us more impact going into the end,” Gilles said.

CBC’s Paul Martini catches up Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier after their short dance program to reflect on their first performance, and look forward to the Free Dance.1:37

Leading the way are France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron with a score of 83.73. The duo finished second to Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir at the recent Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and are seeking their third world championship title.

The French ice dance pair are sitting in 1st place with a score of 83.73 in the short dance program, at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy.6:31

Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue sit second with a score of 80.42.

The third Canadian team of Carolane Soucisse and Shane Firus qualified for the free dance in 11th with a score of 64.02.

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