But now, after taking second place with their short on Friday, Sochi is almost a sure thing.
In third are Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam of the of the Barrie Skating Club (67.67).
Flash back four years: In June of 2010, the Houston-born Weaver received her Canadian citizenship at a ceremony in Kitchener after a special grant of citizenship issued by the federal cabinet, enabling her to compete at the Olympics in Vancouver.
But at the Canadian championships later that season in London, Ont., Weaver and Poje finished third, 3/10ths of a point behind Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier for second place and the final Olympic spot.
Virtue and Moir, of course, won the Canadians and went on to take gold at the Olympic Games.
For Weaver, especially, missing the Vancouver Olympics after working so hard to get her citizenship was a devastating blow.
It makes me emotional thinking about how we felt at this event four years ago.
But that is the very reason why we don’t want that to ever happen again.” Her partner agreed.
“It’s been very fundamental for our outlook on skating every day, just making sure that we put our hearts on the line and everything on the line in every day of training and every performance because that (the 2010 Canadians) was a turning point for us,” said Poje, a Waterloo, Ont., native.
Canadian ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje skated an impressive short program on Friday afternoon at the Canadian figure skating championships, but Weaver was almost in tears afterward.
Not because of anything that happened during their 42nd Street-inspired short, which earned them second-place marks of 72.68 points at the Canadian Tire Centre, 3.48 behind long-time rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.