Andrew Poje

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Andrew Poje
Kaitlyn Weaver Andrew Poje 2009 Skate Canada.jpg
Weaver/Poje in 2009.
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1987-02-25) February 25, 1987 (age 27)
Kitchener, Ontario
Home town Waterloo, Ontario
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Partner Kaitlyn Weaver
Former partner Alice Graham
Alexandra Nino
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
Toronto, Ontario
Former training locations Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Began skating 1992
World standing 5 (As of 9 December 2013)[1]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 181.14
2014–15 Grand Prix Final
Short dance 71.34
2014–15 Grand Prix Final
Free dance 109.80
2014–15 Grand Prix Final

Andrew Poje (born February 25, 1987) is a Canadian ice dancer. With partner Kaitlyn Weaver, he is the 2014 World silver medalist, the 2010 Four Continents champion, and a six-time Canadian national medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Andrew Poje was born February 25, 1987 in Waterloo, Ontario.[2] His ancestry is Slovak — mother born in Bratislava[3] — and Slovenian Gottscheer.[4] He is the great-nephew of former pair skater and coach Agnesa Búřilová (née Wlachovská).[3]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Poje took up ice dancing at age seven and also skated in singles until he was 13.[5] 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.[6] They trained in Kitchener-Waterloo with coaches Paul MacIntosh, Rebecca Babb, Susie McGrigor, and Bernie Ford.[7] 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.

2006–2010[edit]

Poje teamed up with American-born Kaitlyn Weaver in August 2006.[5] They trained in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario[8] under coach Paul MacIntosh.

Weaver/Poje 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.[9][10] 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.[11][12][13]

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.[14] 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.[15] They also continue to work with Bourne.[15][16] Massimo Scali, Natalia Annenko, and Elizabeth Punsalan are also members of the coaching team in Michigan.[15]

During the 2009–2010 season, Weaver/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.

2010–present[edit]

During the 2010–2011 season, Weaver/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.[17]

In the 2011–2012 season, Weaver/Poje chose their free dance music on the suggestion of an anonymous fan.[18] Karl Hugo composed additional music to add greater variation to the program.[18] Weaver/Poje competed at three Grand Prix events and won three silver medals. They took the bronze medal at 2012 Four Continents before ending their season at the 2012 World Championships, where they placed fourth.[19]

For the 2012–2013 season, Weaver/Poje decided to go in a new direction and asked a contemporary dancer, Allison Holker, to work with them on their free dance.[20][21] They began their season by winning gold at the 2012 Ondrej Nepela Memorial.[3] Weaver/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.[22][23] As a result, the duo withdrew from the 2013 Canadian Championships.[22] Hoping to compete at Worlds, Poje continued to train in Michigan, with Krylova acting as his partner, while Weaver recovered in Toronto.[23][24] In mid-February, Weaver/Poje were added to Canada's World team.[25] They placed fifth at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario.

In 2013–14, Weaver/Poje won two silver medals on the Grand Prix series and placed fifth at the Grand Prix Final. After taking silver at the 2014 Canadian Championships, they were selected to represent Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where they finished seventh. At the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan, Weaver/Poje placed second in the short dance and third in the free dance. Finishing 0.02 of a point behind Italy's Cappellini/Lanotte and 0.04 ahead of France's Pechalat/Bourzat, they ended the competition as silver medalists.

For the 2014-2015 Grand Prix season, Weaver/Poje were assigned to Skate Canada and NHK Trophy.[26]

Programs[edit]

With Weaver[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2014-2015
[27][28][29]
  • Pasodoble La Virgen de la Macarena
2013–2014
[27][28][29]
  • Quickstep: 42nd Street – Finale
    by Harry Warren
  • A levare
    by Gideon Kramer, Astor Piazzolla
  • Yo soy Maria
    by Gideon Kramer, Astor Piazzolla
  • Milonga de la Anunciacion
    by Gideon Kramer, Astor Piazzolla
2012–2013
[12][20][30]
The Sound of Music
by Rodgers & Hammerstein:
  • Waltz: Edelweiss
  • Polka: Do Re Mi
  • Waltz: Favorite Things
  • Polka: Do Re Mi
2011–2012
[31][29]
  • Je Suis Malade
    performed by Lara Fabian
    arranged by Karl Hugo
2010–2011
[32][29]
Moulin Rouge!:
  • Sparkling Diamonds
  • Come What May
  • El Tango de Roxanne
Original dance
2009–2010
[33][34][29]
  • Spanish Flamenco
    by unknown
2008–2009
[35][29]
2007–2008
[36][29]
2006–2007
[5][37][29]
  • Jeanne y Paul
    by Ástor Piazzolla
  • Verano Porteno
    from The Story of Tango
    by Raul Garello

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Weaver[edit]

Weaver and Poje during the compulsory dance at the 2008 World Championships
International[38]
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 7th
Worlds 20th 17th 5th 4th 5th 2nd
Four Continents 5th 5th 1st 4th 3rd
Grand Prix Final 5th 4th 5th 1st
GP Bompard 7th
GP Cup of China 6th 6th 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 7th 2nd 2nd 1st
GP Rostelecom 2nd 2nd
GP Skate America 4th 3rd
GP Skate Canada 6th 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st
CS Nebelhorn 1st
Nepela Trophy 1st
U.S. Classic 2nd
International: Junior[38]
Junior Worlds 3rd
JGP Czech Rep. 3rd
JGP Taiwan 3rd
National[39]
Canadians 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd WD 2nd
Team events
World Team
Trophy
2nd T
(2nd P)
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

With Graham[edit]

International[40]
Event 2004–05 2005–06
JGP Canada 8th
JGP France 5th
National
Canadian Champ. 3rd J. 9th
J. = Junior level

With Nino[edit]

International
Event 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
JGP Poland 5th
JGP Yugoslavia 7th
National
Canadian Champ. 11th N. 2nd N. 9th J. 6th J. 4th J.
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Mittan, Barry (September 4, 2004). "Graham and Poje Off to Good Start". Golden Skate. 
  8. ^ McConnell, Sheila (April 2009). "From Humble Beginnings to Childhood Dreams Come True: Kaitlyn Weaver goes the distance with Waterloo". University of Waterloo. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011. 
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  21. ^ Elfman, Lois (August 23, 2012). "Holker brings 'crazy ideas' to dance choreography". Icenetwork. 
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