Eric Radford

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Eric Radford
2011 Four Continents Meagan DUHAMEL Eric RADFORD p.jpg
Duhamel and Radford in 2011
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1985-01-27) January 27, 1985 (age 30)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Home town Balmertown, Ontario
Residence Montreal, Quebec
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Partner Meagan Duhamel
Former partner Anne-Marie Giroux
Rachel Kirkland
Sarah Burke
Coach Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte, Sylvie Fullum
Choreographer Julie Marcotte
Skating club CPA St. Leonard
Began skating 1993
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 220.72
2014–15 Grand Prix Final
Short program 77.01
2014 Worlds
Free skate 146.22
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).

Personal life[edit]

Radford was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Balmertown, Ontario.[1][2] He moved to Kenora at age 14, to Winnipeg and Montreal at 15, and to Toronto at 16.[3] He studied music at York University[4] and holds a Grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music certificate.[1] He plays piano and writes and composes music,[5] and registered as a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada in 2014.[6]

In December 2014, Radford publicly came out as gay in an interview with the LGBT publication Outsports.[7] 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;[7] 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.[8] He is an ambassador for the Canadian Olympic Committee's #OneTeam program to combat homophobia in sports.[7]


Early career[edit]

Radford began skating when he was eight years old.[9] 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.[10]

Radford teamed up with Rachel Kirkland in 2005.[11] 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.

Radford moved back to Montreal in 2009.[3] He teamed up with Anne-Marie Giroux and finished 8th at the 2010 Canadian Championships.

Partnership with Duhamel[edit]

At a coach's suggestion, Radford had a tryout with Meagan Duhamel and they decided to compete together.[12][13] 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.[14][15] Seeing the blood, Duhamel suggested they stop, but he decided to continue. They finished the program without a pause.[14] Duhamel had not done a triple twist since 2005, and the new pair only began performing it before the Canadian Championships.[16]

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.[17] After finishing seventh at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi,[4] 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.[18]

Duhamel/Radford practiced a quad throw Salchow during the summer of 2014.[19] At the inaugural 2014 Autumn Classic International held in Barrie, Ontario, they successfully executed the quad throw Salchow and won the event.[20] They were chosen to compete at the 2014 Skate Canada International and 2014 NHK Trophy in the 2014–15 Grand Prix season.[21] 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.[22] They continued their first place streak by winning their fourth Canadian title and their second Four Continents title.[23] 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.[24]

Radford coaches skating in addition to competing.[25]


With Duhamel[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Neutron Star Collision
    by Muse
  • I Belong to You (from "Samson and Delilah")
    performed by Muse
  • Uprising
    by Muse
  • Tribute
    original composition by Eric Radford
    arranged by Louis Babin

  • La bohème
    performed by Roby Lakatos
  • La bohéme
    performed by Paul McCoy
  • La bohéme
    performed by Bruno Walker, Jean Kikteff


With Kirkland[edit]

Season Short program Free skating

With Burke[edit]

Season Short program Free skating

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Duhamel[edit]

Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 7th
Worlds 7th 5th 3rd 3rd 1st
Four Continents 2nd 4th 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 5th 4th 5th 1st
GP Bompard 3rd 2nd 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 1st
GP Skate Canada 5th 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st
CS Autumn Classic 1st
Nebelhorn 3rd
Canadian Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 2nd
World Team
3rd T
(2nd P)
2nd T
(2nd P)
TBD = Assigned
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

With Giroux[edit]

Event 2009–10
Canadian Champ. 8th

With Kirkland[edit]

Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
GP Skate Canada 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 4th 7th
Canadian Champ. 2nd J. 5th 5th 7th
German Champ. G
J. = Junior level; G = Participated as guest

With Burke[edit]

Event 2003–04 2004–05
JGP Czech Republic 6th
JGP Hungary 5th
Canadian Champ. 4th J.
J. = Junior level

Single skating[edit]

Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
JGP Canada 13th
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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  2. ^ DiManno, Rosie (October 28, 2011). "From Balmertown to figure skating’s big-time". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Ewing, Lori (February 4, 2013). "Different paths brought Duhamel, Radford to the Canadian pairs podium". The Canadian Press (680 News). 
  4. ^ a b Eric RADFORD at at the Wayback Machine (archived March 28, 2014)
  5. ^ Buffery, Steve (October 24, 2013). "Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel pay tribute to late coach". Toronto Sun. 
  6. ^ "Olympian figure skater and composer Eric Radford joins SOCAN"". Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. February 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Zeigler, Cyd (December 4, 2014). "Eric Radford: Olympic figure skater, medal-winning family man. And gay.". Outsports. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel win gold!". Outsports, March 26, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2012/2013 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived June 20, 2013)
  10. ^ Dalla Costa, Morris (March 11, 2013). "Once stuck in city, Radford right at home". The London Free Press. 
  11. ^ a b Rachel KIRKLAND / Eric RADFORD: 2008/2009 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived June 16, 2009)
  12. ^ Pascal, Randy (April 20, 2011). "Meagan Duhamel heads to worlds for pairs championship". Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  13. ^ Brodie, Rob (May 31, 2011). "Silver Lining for Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford". IFS. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Starkman, Randy (April 27, 2011). "Canadian skater bloody but unbowed at championships". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  15. ^ "PhotoBlog: Figure skater finishes performance despite taking an elbow to the face". MSNBC. April 27, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  16. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (September 20, 2011). "Japanese, Canadian pairs face off at Mid-Atlantics". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  17. ^ Brady, Rachel (February 5, 2014). "Radford, Duhamel skate to music written as tribute to former coach". The Globe and Mail. 
  18. ^ "Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford take bronze at figure skating worlds". CBC News. March 27, 2014. 
  19. ^ Heidman, Bruce (September 15, 2014). "Duhamel adds another pairs skating first". The Sudbury Star. 
  20. ^ Smith, Beverley (October 20, 2014). "Duhamel and Radford create magic with quad Salchow". Skate Canada. 
  21. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Pairs". International Skating Union. July 22, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford win Grand Prix Final pairs event". CBC Sports. December 13, 2014. 
  23. ^ Daignault, Louis (February 14, 2015). "Perfect season continues for Duhamel and Radford". Skate Canada. 
  24. ^ "Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford win pairs gold at 2015 figure skating worlds to cap perfect season". National Post, March 26, 2015.
  25. ^ a b 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. 
  26. ^ Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2013/2014 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived March 27, 2014)
  27. ^ Elfman, Lois (May 2, 2013). "Pair uses Radford's original score to pay tribute". IceNetwork. 
  28. ^ 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)
  29. ^ Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2011/2012 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived July 18, 2012)
  30. ^ Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2010/2011 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived July 18, 2011)
  31. ^ Sarah BURKE / Eric RADFORD: 2003/2004 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived April 14, 2005)
  32. ^ "Competition Results: Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD". International Skating Union. 
  33. ^ "Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford". Skate Canada. 
  34. ^ Anne-Marie GIROUX / Eric RADFORD at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived September 18, 2014)
  35. ^ a b Competition Results: Rachel KIRKLAND / Eric RADFORD at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived January 25, 2013)
  36. ^ Sarah BURKE / Eric RADFORD at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived September 18, 2014)
  37. ^ a b Eric RADFORD at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived September 18, 2014)

External links[edit]

Media related to Eric Radford at Wikimedia Commons