Canada's Weaver and Poje lead after short dance at Skate Canada
Duo from Waterloo, Ont. lead Americans by 2 points
Canadian ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje won the short program with an elegant waltz program they put together only two weeks ago.
The world bronze medallists from Waterloo, Ont. — he dressed in a tuxedo, she in a soft pink dress — scored 68.00 points for their waltz, giving them a two-point lead over American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani.
Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev are third with 64.30 points.
Weaver and Poje won the Finlandia Trophy earlier this month, but based on feedback about their short program to an Elvis Presley medley, they decided to scrap it and start again.
"The day we got back, we had a meeting in the morning, picked out music that afternoon, and were on the ice until midnight that day making up a new program," Poje said. "It was a very quick turnaround, but something that we needed to do."
Canadian pair continues to shine
Later, Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., the reigning world pairs champions, finished the night with a healthy eight-point lead after the short program.
Duhamel and Radford scored 72.46 to lead the pairs. Russians Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov are second with 64.00, while Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Montreal were third (63.17).
The pairs event capped the night where Duhamel and Radford competed in their first major event at home since winning the world championships last spring.