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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 29)
Balmertown, Ontario
Residence Montreal, Quebec
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 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
World standing 3 (As of 16 March 2013)[1]
Season's bests 3 (2012–2013)[2]
9 (2011–2012)[3]
6 (2010–2011)[4]
22 (2008–2009)[5]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 210.84
2014 Worlds
Short program 77.01
2014 Worlds
Free skate 133.83
2014 Worlds

Eric Radford (born 27 January 1985) is a Canadian pair skater. With partner Meagan Duhamel, he is a two-time World bronze medalist (2013 and 2014), the 2013 Four Continents champion, and a three-time Canadian national champion (2012–14).

Personal life[edit]

Eric Radford was born and raised in Balmertown, Ontario.[6] He moved to Kenora at age 14, to Winnipeg and Montreal at 15, and to Toronto at 16.[7]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Radford began skating when he was eight years old.[8] 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.[9]

Radford teamed up with Rachel Kirkland in 2005.[10] 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.[7] 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.[11][12] 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.[13][14] Seeing the blood, Duhamel suggested they stop, but he decided to continue. They finished the program without a pause.[13] Duhamel had not done a triple twist since 2005, and the new pair only began performing it before the Canadian Championships.[15]

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 2014, Duhamel and Radford skated their short program to music composed by Radford.[16] They finished seventh at the Sochi Olympics before returning to the podium at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships, where they scored personal bests in both the short program and the free skate on their way to a second bronze medal.[17]

Radford coaches skating in addition to competing.[18]

Programs[edit]

With Duhamel[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[19][20]
  • Tribute
    original composition by Eric Radford
    arranged by Louis Babin

2012–2013
[8]
  • La bohème
    performed by Roby Lakatos
  • La bohéme
    performed by Paul McCoy
  • La bohéme
    performed by Bruno Walker, Jean Kikteff

2011–2012
[18][21]
2010–2011
[22]

With Kirkland[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2008–2009
[10]

With Burke[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2003–2004
[23]

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Duhamel[edit]

International[24]
Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 7th
Worlds 7th 5th 3rd 3rd
Four Continents 2nd 4th 1st
Grand Prix Final 5th 4th 5th
GP Bompard 3rd 2nd 2nd
GP NHK Trophy TBD
GP Skate Canada 5th 3rd 2nd 3rd TBD
Nebelhorn 3rd
National
Canadian Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 2nd
WTT 3rd T
(2nd P)
2nd T
(2nd P)
GP = Grand Prix; TBD = Assigned
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

With Giroux[edit]

National[21]
Event 2009–10
Canadian Championships 8th

With Kirkland[edit]

International[25]
Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
GP Skate Canada 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 4th 7th
National[25]
Canadian Champ. 2nd J. 5th 5th 7th
German Champ. G
GP = Grand Prix
J. = Junior level; G = Participated as guest

With Burke[edit]

International[23]
Event 2003–04 2004–05
JGP Czech Republic 6th
JGP Hungary 5th
International
Canadian Championships 4th J.
JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level

Single skating[edit]

National
Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
Canadian Championships 4th J. 1st J. 15th
J. = Junior level

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ISU World Standings for Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance : Pairs". International Skating Union. June 16, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2012/2013 : Pairs". International Skating Union. 
  3. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2011/2012 : Pairs". International Skating Union. April 21, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2010/2011 : Pairs". International Skating Union. May 6, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2008/2009 : Pairs". International Skating Union. April 18, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ DiManno, Rosie (October 28, 2011). "From Balmertown to figure skating’s big-time". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Ewing, Lori (February 4, 2013). "Different paths brought Duhamel, Radford to the Canadian pairs podium". The Canadian Press (680 News). 
  8. ^ a b "Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ Dalla Costa, Morris (March 11, 2013). "Once stuck in city, Radford right at home". The London Free Press. 
  10. ^ a b "Rachel KIRKLAND / Eric RADFORD: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009. 
  11. ^ Pascal, Randy (April 20, 2011). "Meagan Duhamel heads to worlds for pairs championship". NorthernLife.ca. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ Brodie, Rob (May 31, 2011). "Silver Lining for Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford". IFS. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b Starkman, Randy (April 27, 2011). "Canadian skater bloody but unbowed at championships". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "PhotoBlog: Figure skater finishes performance despite taking an elbow to the face". MSNBC. April 27, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  15. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (September 20, 2011). "Japanese, Canadian pairs face off at Mid-Atlantics". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ Radford, Duhamel skate to music written as tribute to former coach
  17. ^ Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford take bronze at figure skating worlds
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ "Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 27, 2014. 
  20. ^ Elfman, Lois (May 2, 2013). "Pair uses Radford's original score to pay tribute". IceNetwork. 
  21. ^ a b "Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. 
  23. ^ a b "Sarah BURKE / Eric RADFORD: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 14, 2005. 
  24. ^ "Competition Results: Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD". International Skating Union. 
  25. ^ a b "Competition Results: Rachel KIRKLAND / Eric RADFORD". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. 

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