Meagan Duhamel

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Meagan Duhamel
2011 Four Continents Meagan DUHAMEL Eric RADFORD p.jpg
Duhamel and Radford in 2011
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1985-12-08) December 8, 1985 (age 28)
Lively, Ontario
Residence St-Leonard, Quebec
Height 1.42 m (4 ft 8 in)
Partner Eric Radford (2010–present)
Former partner Craig Buntin (2007–2010)
Ryan Arnold
Coach Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte, Sylvie Fullum
Former coach Lee Barkell
Choreographer Julie Marcotte
Skating club CPA St-Leonard
Began skating 1988
World standing 3 (As of 30 August 2013)[1]
Season's bests 3 (2012–2013)[2]
9 (2011–2012)[3]
6 (2010–2011)[4]
17 (2009–2010)[5]
9 (2008–2009)[6]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 210.84
2014 Worlds
Short program 77.01
2014 Worlds
Free skate 133.83
2014 Worlds

Meagan Duhamel (born 8 December 1985) is a Canadian pair skater. With her partner Eric Radford, she is a two-time World bronze medalist (2013 and 2014), the 2013 Four Continents champion, and a three-time Canadian national champion (2012–14).

With earlier partner Craig Buntin, Duhamel is the 2010 Four Continents bronze medalist and a three-time Canadian national medalist (one silver, two bronze).

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Duhamel began skating when she was three years old.[7] At age 14, she moved to Barrie, Ontario to train at the Mariposa School of Skating.[8]

Duhamel competed in both singles and pairs for several years. She teamed up with Ryan Arnold in the spring of 2004.[9] They were the first skaters to perform a side-by-side triple Lutz in competition,[10] which they did at the 2005 Canadian Championships. They ended their partnership in March 2006. Duhamel had a stress fracture and was off the ice for four months.[10] She withdrew from both her Grand Prix events due to injury. She competed at the 2007 Canadian Championships and placed sixth; it was the last time she competed as a single skater. She was coached by Lee Barkell.

Partnership with Buntin[edit]

In June 2007, Duhamel moved to Montreal and teamed up with Craig Buntin.[8][11] In January 2008, the pair won the bronze medal at the Canadian Nationals but during the exhibition Buntin injured his shoulder, with which he had previous problems, as a result of a timing issue.[11] They missed the Four Continents but competed at the 2008 World Championships in Sweden on March 19, 2008, despite the shoulder still being a problem, and finished 6th. However, their participation aggravated Buntin's injury, tearing the rotator cuff, the labrum and three tendons; he had surgery in April and the recovery took seven to eight months.[11] They could not practice lifts until two weeks before 2008 Skate America so they worked on adding variations to their elements, such as a spread eagle entrance into a lift and a death spiral with the opposite hand.[11] In November 2008, during the long program at the Trophée Eric Bompard, Duhamel accidentally sliced Buntin's hand a minute into the program on their side-by-side salchow jumps and blood dripped on the ice; the pair stopped to get his hand bandaged and resumed the program to win the bronze medal.[12]

In July 2010, Buntin announced his retirement from competitive figure skating.[13] Having been through two stress fractures, a bulging disc in her back, and a nerve dysfunction in her leg, Duhamel also considered retiring but soon decided to continue competing.[14]

Partnership with Radford[edit]

At a coach's suggestion, Duhamel had a tryout with Eric Radford and they decided to compete together.[15] They won a silver medal at the 2011 Canadian Championships and were assigned to the 2011 Four Continents Championships and the 2011 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 triple twist, their first element – she opened up too early.[16][17] Seeing the blood, Duhamel suggested they stop but he decided to continue and they finished the program without a pause.[16] Duhamel had not done a triple twist since 2005, and the new pair only began performing it before the Canadian Championships.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

They were chosen to compete at Skate Canada and NHK Trophy for the 2014-15 Grand Prix season.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Duhamel is studying holistic health.[23] She has been a vegan since 2008.[24]

Programs[edit]

With Radford[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[25][26]
  • Tribute
    original composition by Eric Radford
    arranged by Louis Babin

2012–2013
[7]
  • La bohème
    performed by Roby Lakatos
  • La bohéme
    performed by Paul McCoy
  • La bohéme
    performed by Bruno Walker, Jean Kikteff

2011–2012
[23][27]
2010–2011
[28]

With Buntin[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2009–2010
[29]
  • Selection of music
    by Pierre Porte
2008–2009
[11][30]
  • 4 Lamentations
2007–2008
[10][31]
  • Best Latin Tango
    by Rodrigo Buertillo
  • Tosca
    by Giacomo Puccini

With Arnold[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2005–2006
[9]
2004–2005
[32]

Singles career[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2005–2006
[33]
  • Croatian Rhapsody
  • Rondo Capriccioso
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
2004–2005
[34]
  • Passacaglia
    by Rolf Loevland
    performed by Secret Garden
  • Rondo Capriccioso
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
2003–2004
[35]
  • Passacaglia
    by Rolf Loevland
    performed by Secret Garden
  • Piano Concerto No. 2
    by Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    by Sergei Rachmaninov

Competitive highlights[edit]

Pairs career with Eric Radford[edit]

International[36]
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.

Pairs career with Buntin[edit]

Duhamel and Buntin in 2008
International[37]
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
World Champ. 6th 8th
Four Continents Champ. 4th 3rd
GP Bompard 3rd
GP Cup of China 4th
GP Skate America 4th WD
GP Skate Canada 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
National[37]
Canadian Champ. 3rd 2nd 3rd
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

Pairs career with Arnold[edit]

International[32]
Event 2004–05 2005–06
Golden Spin of Zagreb 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
International: Junior[32]
World Junior Champ. 8th
JGP Serbia 5th
National
Canadian Championships 8th 6th
JGP = Junior Grand Prix

Singles career[edit]

International[33][34][35]
Event 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Four Continents 5th
Golden Spin 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 13th
JGP Final 5th
JGP France 4th 1st
JGP Romania 5th
JGP Slovakia 12th 6th
JGP Sweden 8th
Triglav 5th J.
National
Canadian Champ. 5th N. 4th J. 1st J. 10th 7th 4th 6th
JGP = Junior Grand Prix
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

References[edit]

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  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. 
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  6. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2008/2009 : Pairs". International Skating Union. April 18, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
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  8. ^ a b Ewing, Lori (February 4, 2013). "Different paths brought Duhamel, Radford to the Canadian pairs podium". The Canadian Press (680 News). 
  9. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (July 10, 2005). "Possibilities Boundless for Duhamel and Arnold". Skate Today. 
  10. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (January 30, 2008). "Lucky Seven for Duhamel and Buntin?". SkateToday. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Mittan, J. Barry (May 17, 2009). "Duhamel and Buntin Close to the Top". GoldenSkate. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ Smith, Beverley (November 15, 2008). "Bad cut can't stop Buntin". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Three-time Canadian Champion Craig Buntin retires from competitive figure skating". Skate Canada (SkateBuzz). July 13, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ Brodie, Rob (May 31, 2011). "Silver Lining for Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford". IFS. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  15. ^ Pascal, Randy (April 20, 2011). "Meagan Duhamel heads to worlds for pairs championship". NorthernLife.ca. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Starkman, Randy (April 27, 2011). "Canadian skater bloody but unbowed at championships". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  17. ^ "PhotoBlog: Figure skater finishes performance despite taking an elbow to the face". MSNBC. April 27, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  18. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (September 20, 2011). "Japanese, Canadian pairs face off at Mid-Atlantics". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  19. ^ Leeson, Ben (March 12, 2013). "Duhamel hopes for career showing at worlds". The Sudbury Star. 
  20. ^ Radford, Duhamel skate to music written as tribute to former coach
  21. ^ Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford take bronze at figure skating worlds
  22. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Pairs". July 22, 2014. 
  23. ^ 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. 
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  29. ^ "Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. 
  31. ^ "Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 3, 2008. 
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  34. ^ a b "Meagan DUHAMEL: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 8, 2005. 
  35. ^ a b "Meagan DUHAMEL: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 17, 2004. 
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