“We didn’t achieve a season’s best score but we achieved a season’s best performance,” said Poje, during a telephone conference call following the medals ceremony. “It was a better performance than Skate Canada. We want to grow our artistic and technical elements through the season because we missed out on that last year.”
“It’s everything,” says Weaver. “We want to leave a lasting impression. We want to show that we are every bit eligible for that Olympic podium. The best teams in the world are going to be at the final and that’s our shot to measure ourselves up against them, see where we stand.”
They might have stood first in Moscow, if not for some crucial points left on the table in their short dance, where they finished second to the Russians. Failure to obtain all the Level 4s anticipated had them befuddled. “Seeing the levels so low on a bunch of the elements caught us off guard,” admitted Poje.
Honing those elements — particularly a curving left at the end of the program and a Finnstep sequence — is what will preoccupy the team in the little time they have left before the final, to be held in Fukuoka Dec. 5-8.
“You never know what the technical panels are looking for on a particular day,” noted Poje. “We need to make every element black and white, no matter who’s watching it.”