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ATHLETE PROFILE: Kaitlyn Weaver

The year leading up to the 2014 Games was going to be a crucial one for Kaitlyn's career, and in one scary moment, her journey was sidelined – she fractured her fibula.

Ice dancing has been Kaitlyn Weaver's passion since she first stepped into a pair of skates at the age of 6.

"I feel like I'm flying when I'm on the ice," she says.

She has been skating with her partner, Andrew Poje, since 2006. The pair debuted at the Canadian championships the following year, winning the bronze medal.

As athletes who work in a partnership, Weaver says it's not always easy to have to depend on another person and to be constantly in sync.

"You have someone else to deal with," she says. "It's a whole other body next to you."

But Weaver and Poje have found a way to balance each other out.

"It's really nice that when you do have your bad days and you're struggling through practice, someone's there to give you a hand."

They've needed to draw strength from each other in the past.

Four years ago, they missed the Olympics by just three-tenths of a point. So they were that much more determined to make it to Sochi.

The year leading up to the 2014 Games was going to be a crucial one for their careers, and in one scary moment, their journey was sidelined.

In December 2012, Kaitlyn fell on the ice and slid straight for the boards at high speed, feet first.

"It was like slow motion," she says. "You knew that you couldn't do anything. It was like a car wreck that was about to happen."

She fractured and dislocated her fibula, a bone in the lower leg, an injury that required surgery.

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"I had five screws and a plate along the end of my ankle."

She says the toughest part was learning about the damage done in hospital.

"The moment the doctor told me I had broken my ankle was devastating."

And yet, Weaver says she wouldn't take back the months-long recovery process that followed.

"I consider myself twice the athlete that I was before," she says. "Andrew and I had to rely on each on for that strength."

Now they head to Sochi, pushing to no longer be the underdogs.

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