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Dec 12, 2014 3:25 PM

Canada's Weaver, Poje top GP Final short dance

The Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada took the lead in ice dance at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final with the highest score in the short dance on Friday.

Weaver and Poje earned a leading score of 71.34 points, ahead of American pairs Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani. Like all six couples, they performed to traditional Spanish "paso doble" music, with Poje in a bull fighter costume and Weaver wearing a bright red dress.

"It was a great atmosphere, we really tried to soak it in and it really helped us through our 'paso doble,'" said Weaver. "It gave us energy and emotion."

Chock and Bates skated last and appeared to be heading toward a strong performance when Bates fell seconds before the finish of their routine.

They still managed the second highest mark of 65.06 points, ahead of 63.90 for the Shibutani siblings.

"We struggled a bit," Bates said. "We had a rough skate, but it is something we are going to rebound from."

The men's short program will be later Friday at the temporary rink inside Barcelona's International Convention Center.


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