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Waterloo's Poje and Weaver skipping Grand Prix circuit this season

They are planning to return in time for the national championships in January
Poje and Weaver
Photo from The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canadian ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje will not compete on the ISU Grand Prix circuit this season.

The three-time world medallists announced their decision on Thursday.

"Over the last 12 consecutive years, we have committed ourselves 100 per cent to becoming champions in ice dance, representing our country on the international stage, and enjoying this incredible journey — challenges and accomplishments alike — together every step of the way," Weaver and Poje said in a joint statement. 

"This past season provided us with the most incredible memories, including finishing on the podium (with a bronze medal) at the world championships in Milan. Fulfilling this accomplishment gave us time and the opportunity to reflect on how we would like to continue our skating career. Through a very patient, analytical, and thoughtful process, we have decided to forego the 2018 Grand Prix season."

Weaver, of Toronto, and Poje, of Waterloo, said they plan to return for the national championships in Saint John, N.B., in January. 

The announcement leaves a short-handed Canadian team even more depleted for the Grand Prix circuit.

Reigning world women's champion Kaetlyn Osmond also will skip the Grand Prix circuit, while Olympic ice dance gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir likely skated their final competitive programs at the Pyeongchang Games.

Patrick Chan and the pairs team of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford retired after the Olympics.

The Grand Prix season opens with Skate America Oct. 19-21 in Everett, Wash. Skate Canada follows, Oct. 26-28 in Laval, Que.

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