Duhamel and Radford in 2011
January 27, 1985 |
|Home town||Balmertown, Ontario|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Former partner||Anne-Marie Giroux
|Coach||Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte, Sylvie Fullum|
|Skating club||CPA St. Leonard|
|ISU personal best scores|
2014–15 Grand Prix Final
2014–15 Grand Prix Final
Eric Radford (born January 27, 1985) is a Canadian pair skater. With partner Meagan Duhamel, he is the 2015 World Champion and a two-time World bronze medalist (2013 and 2014), a two-time Four Continents champion (2013 and 2015), the 2014–15 Grand Prix Final champion, and a four-time Canadian national champion (2012–15).
Radford was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Balmertown, Ontario. He moved to Kenora at age 14, to Winnipeg and Montreal at 15, and to Toronto at 16. He studied music at York University and holds a Grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music certificate. He plays piano and writes and composes music, and registered as a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada in 2014.
In December 2014, Radford publicly came out as gay in an interview with the LGBT publication Outsports. In doing so, he became the first competitive figure skater ever to come out at the height of his career while still a contender for championship titles, rather than waiting until he was near or past retirement; at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships, Radford and Duhamel's gold medal win in pairs skating made him the first openly gay figure skater ever to win a medal at that competition. He is an ambassador for the Canadian Olympic Committee's #OneTeam program to combat homophobia in sports.
Radford began skating when he was eight years old. He competed with Sarah Burke on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in 2003 in the Czech Republic and 2004 in Hungary, placing 6th and 5th respectively. He also competed in single skating. At the 2005 Canadian Championships, he became trapped in an elevator just before he was scheduled to skate in the men's qualifying round but eventually escaped and was able to compete.
Radford teamed up with Rachel Kirkland in 2005. They were coached by Brian Orser in Toronto and part-time by Ingo Steuer in Chemnitz, Germany. They competed at the 2007 Canadian Championships where they finished 5th. After finishing 7th at the 2009 Canadian Championships, they ended their partnership.
Partnership with Duhamel
At a coach's suggestion, Radford had a tryout with Meagan Duhamel and they decided to compete together. They won a silver medal at the 2011 Canadian Championships and were assigned to the Four Continents and World Championships. At Four Continents, the pair won a silver medal. During the short program at the 2011 World Championships, Radford's nose was broken when Duhamel's elbow hit him on the descent from a twist, their first element – she opened up too early. Seeing the blood, Duhamel suggested they stop, but he decided to continue. They finished the program without a pause. Duhamel had not done a triple twist since 2005, and the new pair only began performing it before the Canadian Championships.
In the 2011–12 season, Duhamel/Radford won bronze medals at their Grand Prix events, the 2011 Skate Canada and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard. They won their first national title and finished 5th at the 2012 World Championships.
The next season, Duhamel/Radford won silver at their Grand Prix events, the 2012 Skate Canada International and 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard. They then won their second national title and their first Four Continents title. Duhamel/Radford stepped onto the World podium for the first time at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario where they won the bronze medal.
In the 2013-2014 season, Duhamel/Radford skated their short program to music composed by Radford as a tribute to his late coach Paul Wirtz. After finishing seventh at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, they returned to the podium at the 2014 World Championships, where they scored personal bests in both the short program and the free skate on their way to a second bronze medal.
Duhamel/Radford practiced a quad throw Salchow during the summer of 2014. At the inaugural 2014 Autumn Classic International held in Barrie, Ontario, they successfully executed the quad throw Salchow and won the event. They were chosen to compete at the 2014 Skate Canada International and 2014 NHK Trophy in the 2014–15 Grand Prix season. They won both events and eventually won their first Grand Prix Final title. At the Grand Prix Final, they improved their personal best scores in the free skating and combined total. They continued their first place streak by winning their fourth Canadian title and their second Four Continents title. In March 2015, they won gold in pairs at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships, capping a perfect season in which they won gold at every international event where they competed.
Radford coaches skating in addition to competing.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|Grand Prix Final||5th||4th||5th||1st|
|GP NHK Trophy||1st|
|GP Skate Canada||5th||3rd||2nd||3rd||1st|
|CS Autumn Classic||1st|
|TBD = Assigned
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.
|GP Skate Canada||6th|
|Canadian Champ.||2nd J.||5th||5th||7th|
|J. = Junior level; G = Participated as guest|
|JGP Czech Republic||6th|
|Canadian Champ.||4th J.|
|J. = Junior level|
|JGP Czech Republic||11th|
|Copenhagen Trophy||3rd J.|
|Triglav Trophy||5th J.|
|Canadian Champ.||4th J.||1st J.||15th|
|J. = Junior level|
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- Eric RADFORD at sochi2014.com at the Wayback Machine (archived March 28, 2014)
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- Smith, Beverley (October 20, 2014). "Duhamel and Radford create magic with quad Salchow". Skate Canada.
- "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Pairs". International Skating Union. July 22, 2014.
- "Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford win Grand Prix Final pairs event". CBC Sports. December 13, 2014.
- Daignault, Louis (February 14, 2015). "Perfect season continues for Duhamel and Radford". Skate Canada.
- "Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford win pairs gold at 2015 figure skating worlds to cap perfect season". National Post, March 26, 2015.
- Vernon, Nadin (November 23, 2011). "Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford: "We both have a very good balance with our skating and our lives"". Absolute Skating.
- Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2013/2014 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived March 27, 2014)
- Elfman, Lois (May 2, 2013). "Pair uses Radford's original score to pay tribute". IceNetwork.
- Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford at Skate Canada at the Wayback Machine (archived February 13, 2014); Alternate link at the Wayback Machine (archived January 12, 2014)
- Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2011/2012 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived July 18, 2012)
- Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2010/2011 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived July 18, 2011)
- Sarah BURKE / Eric RADFORD: 2003/2004 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived April 14, 2005)
- "Competition Results: Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD". International Skating Union.
- "Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford". Skate Canada.
- Anne-Marie GIROUX / Eric RADFORD at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived September 18, 2014)
- Competition Results: Rachel KIRKLAND / Eric RADFORD at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived January 25, 2013)
- Sarah BURKE / Eric RADFORD at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived September 18, 2014)
- Eric RADFORD at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived September 18, 2014)
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