Skate Canada 2015, the second leg of the 2015-16 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, kicked off Oct. 30 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada with the short dance segment of the ice dancing competition. Which pair holds the edge heading into the Oct. 31 long dance?

Winning the short dance were Canadian national champions and reigning world bronze medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who posted a season's best mark of 68.00 to best the eight-couple field. They edged reigning US national silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani (66.00) by exactly two points.

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Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev (64.38) are ranked third. All three pairs competed at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

Skate Canada 2015 short dance results

The full results of the short dance portion of the competition are as follows, per information posted to the event's official site on the afternoon of Oct. 30.

  • 1. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, Canada, 68.00
  • 2. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, USA, 66.00
  • 3. Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloview, Russia, 64.38
  • 4. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri, Italy, 61.29
  • 5. Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam, Canada, 57.55
  • 6. Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaiavin, Russia, 57.44
  • 7. Laurence Fornier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen, Denmark, 53.65
  • 8. Elisabeth Paradis and Francois-Javier Ouellette, Canada, 47.77

Both Weaver and Poje and the Shib Sibs sit in good position to claim all-important placement points that could earn them a trip to the Grand Prix Final, which will take place in Barcelona in December.

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The performers who earn the highest placements during the six series events will earn berths to compete for the prestigious title. Neither pair is a stranger to the Final: Poje and Weaver are the reigning champions, while the Shibutanis placed a few spots behind them in fourth.

The Shibutanis' teammates, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, earned the maximum number of points available --15-- for winning Skate America 2015 on Oct.

24. They sit in excellent position to make a return to the Final, where they placed second behind Weaver and Poje in 2014.

Skate Canada 2015 continues Oct. 30 with short program round action in ladies', men's, and pairs' skating. For full details and results from the event, visit the official website. The champions in all four disciplines will be decided on Oct. 31.

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