About a year ago I made the bold prediction that Weaver & Poje would medal at the Sochi Olympics and win their first world medal, which most laughed at the time. Unfortunately the Olympic one didnt come close to coming to pass due to a very poor SD performance by W&P which crushed their medal hopes in Sochi, but they sure came through at worlds with a silver medal which nobody was predicting (I wasnt even either at that point) even with V&M and D&W out. Only 0.02 away from the gold too. Hopefully this is the start of them finally getting the recognition from the judges they have long deserved. Personally I thought they should have won but oh well, there will be other chances for sure. The key was finally having a really good SD which they have struggled with mightily all season long (except Skate Canada). It is clear they will be contenders for gold in the coming years, since even if I&K stay together and become the team to beat they are not infallible to big mistakes as they showed again here.
Cappellini & Lanotte have been the surprise team of the season. European gold was a big surprise to many. World gold though was something nobody imagined. The talk before worlds was maybe an outside shot at the bronze, since B&S, I&K, W&P, and P&B were all still talked about as stronger contenders than them. I know some dont agree with their win and think it should have gone to P&B or W&P, but it was a very close contest and could have gone to either of the three (not a blatantly ridiculous and impossible to justify result like the Olympic ladies for instance) so the judges decision should still be respected and they are the World Champions. It will be interesting to see if they continue. It has been a long journey to the top for them, but they are young enough to possibly keep going and in the open field will still be contenders.