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Canada's Weaver and Poje successfully defend ice dance title at Grand Prix Final

BARCELONA, Spain — Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje successfully defended their ice dance Grand Prix Final title on Saturday.

The Canadian couple from Waterloo, Ont., earned a season-best 109.91 points from a free dance to "On the Nature of Daylight" by Max Richter and "Run" by Ludovico Einaudi.

"We skated with our hearts out there and I think that's the most rewarding experience you can get," Weaver said. "No matter what the levels are, what the points are, if you skate with your heart on the line like that, then I can go home happy."

Their winning total of 182.66 points left Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States runners-up with 177.55 for the second straight year in Barcelona.

Italians Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte were third with 176.37 points.

The men's and women's free skates take place later at the temporary rink inside the International Convention Center.

Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia won the pairs title on Friday.


With files from The Canadian Press.

Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press

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