Weaver / Poje in 2009.
|Full name||Andrew Poje|
February 25, 1987 |
|Home town||Waterloo, Ontario|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Former partner||Alice Graham
|Coach||Pasquale Camerlengo, Angelika Krylova, Shae-Lynn Bourne|
|Former coach||Paul MacIntosh|
|Choreographer||Shae-Lynn Bourne, Pasquale Camerlengo, Antonio Najarro|
|Former choreographer||Megan Wing, Aaron Lowe, Mathew Gates|
|Skating club||Kitchener Waterloo SC|
|Training locations||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
|Former training locations||Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario|
|World standing||5 (As of 9 December 2013[update])|
|ISU personal best scores|
2013 Skate Canada
2013 Skate Canada
2013 Skate Canada
Andrew Poje (born February 25, 1987) is a Canadian ice dancer. With partner Kaitlyn Weaver, he is the 2010 Four Continents champion, six-time Canadian national senior medalist, and 2007 World Junior bronze medalist.
Poje took up ice dancing at age seven and also skated in singles until he was 13. In his early career, he competed with Alexandra Nino, with whom he is the 2001 Canadian novice silver medalist. He teamed up with Alice Graham in late spring 2004. They trained in Kitchener-Waterloo with coaches Paul MacIntosh, Rebecca Babb, Susie McGrigor, and Bernie Ford. They won the bronze medal on the junior level at the 2005 Canadian Championships and placed 9th at the senior level at the 2006 Canadian Championships.
Poje teamed up with American-born Kaitlyn Weaver in August 2006. They trained in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario under coach Paul MacIntosh. They competed on the 2006–2007 ISU Junior Grand Prix, winning two bronze medals. They went to the 2007 Canadian Championships and won the bronze medal in their first season together. They were placed on the team to the 2007 Junior Worlds. Weaver dislocated her left shoulder in the warm-up before the original dance but was able to compete and the couple won the bronze medal. They placed 20th at the 2007 World Championships.
In the 2007–2008 season, Weaver / Poje competed on the senior Grand Prix series at the 2008 Skate Canada International, where they placed 6th, and at the 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard, where they placed 7th. They won the silver medal at the 2008 Canadian Championships, placed 5th at the 2008 Four Continents, and 17th at the 2008 World Championships. In January 2008, they moved to Toronto to train with new coach Shae-Lynn Bourne.
In the 2008–2009 season, Weaver / Poje competed on the Grand Prix series at the 2008 Cup of China, where they placed 6th, and at the 2008 NHK Trophy, where they placed 7th. They won the bronze medal at the 2009 Canadian Championships and placed 5th at the 2009 Four Continents. Weaver was granted Canadian citizenship in June 2009. Advised by Bourne that they needed a more competitive atmosphere, they switched training bases in 2009 to the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where they are coached by Pasquale Camerlengo and Anjelika Krylova. They also continue to work with Bourne. Massimo Scali, Natalia Annenko, and Elizabeth Punsalan are also members of the coaching team in Michigan.
During the 2009–2010 season, Weaver and Poje won their first Grand Prix medal, bronze at 2009 Skate Canada International. They also won bronze at the 2010 Canadian Championships. They were sent to the 2010 Four Continents where they won the gold medal. They did not qualify for the Olympic or World team.
During the 2010–2011 season, Weaver and Poje won silver medals at the 2010 NHK Trophy and the 2011 Canadian Championships. They qualified for their first Grand Prix Final, where they finished 5th. They were fourth at the 2011 Four Continents. They were sent to the 2011 World Championships and placed 5th, a significant improvement over their previous best result of 17th at the event.
In the 2011–2012 season, Weaver and Poje chose their free dance music on the suggestion of an anonymous fan. Karl Hugo composed additional music to add greater variation to the program. Weaver and Poje competed at three Grand Prix events and won three silver medals. At Four Continents, they took the bronze medal. Weaver and Poje finished fourth at the 2012 World Championships.
For the 2012–2013 season, Weaver and Poje decided to go in a new direction and asked a contemporary dancer, Allison Holker, to work with them on their free dance. They began their season by winning gold at the 2012 Ondrej Nepela Memorial. Weaver and Poje's Grand Prix assignments were the 2012 Skate America and 2012 Cup of China. At both events, they were second in the short and third in the free dance and won the bronze medal overall behind Russians Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev.
Weaver fractured her left fibula on December 14, 2012 when she fell into the boards during training in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and underwent surgery on December 18 in Toronto. As a result, the duo withdrew from the 2013 Canadian Championships. Hoping to compete at the 2013 World Championships, Poje continued to train in Michigan, with Krylova acting as his partner, while Weaver recovered in Toronto. In mid-February, Weaver / Poje were added to Canada's World team. In spite of the lack of preparation time they delivered impressively at Worlds, finishing a strong 5th, ahead of the previous years Worlds bronze medalists, Natalie Pechalat and Fabien Bourzat.
Their 2013–2014 season has gone strongly with 2 silver medals on the grand prix series, and a 5th place finish at the Grand Prix final. They qualified for Canada's Olympic team after placing second at Canada's 2014 Canadian Tire Skating Championship. They will be alongside the 2010 Olympic Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir as well as Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam.
Poje was born in Waterloo, Ontario and is of both Slovak and Slovenian *Gottscheer heritage. His Slovak descent is through his mother who was born in Bratislava. His great-aunt is Agnesa Búřilová (née Wlachovská) who competed in pair skating at the 1964 Winter Olympics and later coached Jozef Sabovčík.
|Season||Short dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
|The Sound of Music
by Rodgers & Hammerstein:
|Grand Prix Final||5th||4th||5th|
|GP Cup of China||6th||6th||3rd|
|GP NHK Trophy||7th||2nd||2nd|
|GP Skate America||4th||3rd|
|GP Skate Canada||6th||3rd||2nd||2nd|
|JGP Czech Rep.||3rd|
|World Team||2T / 2P|
|GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.
|Canadian Champ.||3rd J.||9th|
|J. = Junior level; JGP = Junior Grand Prix|
|Canadian Champ.||11th N.||2nd N.||9th J.||6th J.||4th J.|
|Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
JGP = Junior Grand Prix
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