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Canadians medal, Americans don't at World Figure Skating Championships

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According to the Canadian Press, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ontario won an ice dance silver medal on Saturday at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

Weaver and Poje, who finished in seventh place at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, had 175.45 points and were only two one hundredths of a point back of Italian gold medalists Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France won the bronze medal with a score of 175.37 points.

Team Canada finished with a silver and bronze medal at the World Championships--very respectable considering the fact that Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan of Ottawa did not compete in the men's competition, and neither did two-time Olympic medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London in the ice dance. Chan, Virtue and Moir cited fatigue from competition.

It should also be pointed out that the United States failed to medal at the World Championship for the first time since 1994. Interestingly those World Championships were in Japan as well in Chiba, 40 kilometres southeast of Tokyo.

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