Eric Radford

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Eric Radford
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford at 2015 Worlds.jpg
Duhamel and Radford in 2015
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1985-01-27) January 27, 1985 (age 32)
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
Former coach Brian Orser
Choreographer Julie Marcotte
Skating club CPA St. Leonard
Began skating 1993
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 231.99
2016 Worlds
Short program 78.18
2016 Worlds
Free skate 153.81
2016 Worlds

Eric Radford (born January 27, 1985) is a Canadian pair skater. With partner Meagan Duhamel, he is a two-time world champion (2015, 2016), an Olympic silver medalist in the team event, a two-time Four Continents champion (2013, 2015), the 2014–15 Grand Prix Final champion, and a six-time Canadian national champion (2012–17).

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] During the summer of 2016, Radford composed the 2016–17 free skate music for fellow Canadian skater and three-time world champion Patrick Chan.[7]

In December 2014, Radford publicly came out as gay in an interview with the LGBT publication Outsports.[8] 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;[8] 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.[9] He is an ambassador for the Canadian Olympic Committee's #OneTeam program to combat homophobia in sports.[8]

Became engaged to his boyfriend, Spanish ice dancer Luis Fenero, on 10 June 2017.[10]

Radford coaches skating in addition to competing.[11]

Early career[edit]

Radford began skating when he was eight years old.[12] 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.[13]

Radford teamed up with Rachel Kirkland in 2005.[14] 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]

2010–11 season[edit]

At a coach's suggestion, Radford had a tryout with Meagan Duhamel, and they decided to compete together.[15][16] 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.[17][18] Seeing the blood, Duhamel suggested they stop, but he decided to continue. They finished the program without a pause.[17] Duhamel had not done a triple twist since 2005, and the new pair only began performing it before the Canadian Championships.[19]

2011–12 season[edit]

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.

2012–13 season[edit]

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[20] and their first Four Continents title.[21] [22] 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.

2013–14 season[edit]

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.[23] 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.[24]

2014–15 season[edit]

Duhamel/Radford practiced a quad throw Salchow during the summer of 2014.[25] At the inaugural 2014 Autumn Classic International held in Barrie, Ontario, they successfully executed the quad throw Salchow and won the event.[26] They were chosen to compete at the 2014 Skate Canada International and 2014 NHK Trophy in the 2014–15 Grand Prix season.[27] They won both events and eventually won their first Grand Prix Final title.[28] At the Grand Prix Final, they improved their personal best scores in the free skating and combined total.[29] They continued their first place streak by winning their fourth Canadian title and their second Four Continents title.[30] 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.[31]

2015–16 season[edit]

Duhamel/Radford began the 2015–16 season by winning the 2015 Skate Canada Autumn Classic.[32] Turning to the Grand Prix series, they won gold medals at the 2015 Skate Canada International and 2015 NHK Trophy. In December, they took silver behind Stolbova/Klimov at the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona.

In January 2016, Duhamel/Radford won their fifth consecutive national title at the Canadian Championships. They withdrew from the 2016 Four Continents Championships in Taipei due to Duhamel's illness. In April, they competed at the 2016 World Championships in Boston, placing second in the short and first in the free. They were awarded the gold medal ahead of Sui/Han and Savchenko/Massot, who took silver and bronze respectively.

2016–17 season[edit]

Duhamel/Radford received the bronze medal at the Grand Prix Final in December 2016 before winning their sixth consecutive national title, in January 2017. In February, they took the silver medal behind Sui/Han at the 2017 Four Continents Championships. At the 2017 World Championships, held in March in Helsinki, Finland, Radford had trouble training due to a muscle spasm in his hip.[33] The pair finished 7th at the competition.

Programs[edit]

Duhamel and Radford in 2011

With Duhamel[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2017–18
[34][35]
2016–17
[36]

2015–16
[39][40][41]


2014–15
[43][44]
  • Un peu plus haut
    by Ginette Reno
    choreo. by Julie Marcotte
  • Neutron Star Collision
    by Muse
  • I Belong to You
    (from "Samson and Delilah")
    performed by Muse
  • Uprising
    by Muse
    choreo. by Julie Marcotte

2013–14
[45][46][47]
  • Tribute
    original composition by Eric Radford
    arranged by Louis Babin
    choreo. by Julie Marcotte

2012–13
[12]
  • La bohème
    performed by Roby Lakatos
  • La bohéme
    performed by Paul McCoy
  • La bohéme
    performed by Bruno Walker, Jean Kikteff
    choreo. by Julie Marcotte

2011–12
[11][48]

2010–11
[49]

With Kirkland[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2008–09
[14]

With Burke[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2003–04
[50]

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Duhamel[edit]

International[51]
Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
Olympics 7th
Worlds 7th 5th 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 7th
Four Continents 2nd 4th 1st 1st WD 2nd
GP Final 5th 4th 5th 1st 2nd 3rd
GP Bompard 3rd 2nd 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 1st 1st 1st
GP Skate Canada 5th 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 1st
CS Autumn Classic 1st 2nd
CS Finlandia 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd
Autumn Classic 1st
National[52]
Canadian Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 2nd
World Team
Trophy
3rd T
2nd P
2nd T
2nd P
4th T
2nd P
Team Challenge
Cup
1st T
1st P
TBD: Assigned; WD: Withdrew
T: Team result; P: Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

With Giroux[edit]

National[53]
Event 2009–10
Canadian Champ. 8th

With Kirkland[edit]

International[54]
Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
GP Skate Canada 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 4th 7th
National[54]
Canadian Champ. 2nd J 5th 5th 7th
German Champ. G
J: Junior level; G: Participated as guest

With Burke[edit]

International[55]
Event 2003–04 2004–05
JGP Czech Republic 6th
JGP Hungary 5th
National
Canadian Champ. 4th J
J: Junior level

Single skating[edit]

International[56]
Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
JGP Canada 13th
JGP Czech Republic 11th
Copenhagen Trophy 3rd J
Triglav Trophy 5th J
National[56]
Canadian Champ. 4th J 1st J 15th
J: Junior level

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

(with Duhamel)

2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
September 20–23, 2017 2017 CS Autumn Classic 1
77.14
3
125.84
2
202.98
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 29 – April 2, 2017 2017 World Championships 7
72.67
7
133.39
7
206.06
February 15–19, 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 3
74.31
2
137.92
2
212.23
January 16–22, 2017 2017 Canadian Championships 1
80.72
1
146.51
1
227.23
December 8–11, 2016 2016–17 Grand Prix Final 3
71.44
2
134.55
3
205.99
November 25–27, 2016 2016 NHK Trophy 2
72.95
1
131.61
1
204.56
October 28–30, 2016 2016 Skate Canada 1
78.39
1
139.91
1
218.30
October 6–10, 2016 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy 1
66.49
1
131.29
1
197.78
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 22–24, 2016 2016 Team Challenge Cup 1
147.48
1
March 28 – April 3, 2016 2016 World Championships 2
78.18
1
153.81
1
231.99
February 16–21, 2016 2016 Four Continents Championships 2
71.90
WD WD
January 18–24, 2016 2016 Canadian Championships 1
73.03
1
148.72
1
221.75
December 10–13, 2015 2015–16 Grand Prix Final 3
72.74
2
143.93
2
216.67
November 27–29, 2015 2015 NHK Trophy 1
71.04
1
131.68
1
202.72
October 30 – November 1, 2015 2015 Skate Canada 1
72.46
1
143.70
1
216.16
October 12–15, 2015 2015 Autumn Classic 1
68.97
1
133.64
1
202.61
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 16–19, 2015 2015 World Team Trophy 2
68.68
1
140.70
2
209.38
March 23–29, 2015 2015 World Championships 1
76.98
1
144.55
1
221.53
February 9–15, 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships 1
75.67
1
143.81
1
219.48
January 19–25, 2015 2015 Canadian Championships 1
79.50
1
150.69
1
230.19
December 11–14, 2014 2014–15 Grand Prix Final 1
74.50
1
146.22
1
220.72
November 28–30, 2014 2014 NHK Trophy 1
72.70
1
127.08
1
199.78
October 31 – November 2, 2014 2014 Skate Canada 1
72.70
1
138.04
1
210.74
October 15–16, 2014 2014 Autumn Classic 1
68.92
1
134.24
1
203.16
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 24–30, 2014 2014 World Championships 2
77.01
4
133.83
3
210.84
February 6–22, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics 5
72.21
7
127.32
7
199.53
February 6–22, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics (Team Event) 2
73.10

2
January 9–15, 2014 2014 Canadian Championships 1
75.80
1
137.82
1
213.62
December 5–8, 2013 2013–14 Grand Prix Final 4
73.07
6
120.31
5
193.38
November 15–17, 2013 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard 2
66.07
2
124.82
2
190.89
October 24–27, 2013 2013 Skate Canada 1
69.57
3
121.05
3
190.62
2012–13 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 11–14, 2013 2013 World Team Trophy 2
69.94
2
121.21
2
191.15
March 13–15, 2013 2013 World Championships 2
73.61
3
130.95
3
204.56
February 6–11, 2013 2013 Four Continents Championships 1
70.44
2
128.74
1
199.18
January 13–20, 2013 2013 Canadian Championships 1
69.08
1
137.55
1
206.63
December 6–9, 2012 2012–13 Grand Prix Final 4
64.20
4
122.89
4
187.09
November 15–18, 2012 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard 2
62.28
1
124.43
2
186.71
October 26–28, 2012 2012 Skate Canada 2
64.49
2
126.00
2
190.49
2011–12 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 19–22, 2012 2012 World Team Trophy 4
59.27
2
112.64
2
177.62
March 26 – April 1, 2012 2012 World Championships 5
63.69
5
121.72
5
185.41
February 7–12, 2012 2012 Four Continents Championships 8
57.53
4
114.23
4
171.76
January 16–22, 2012 2012 Canadian Championships 1
60.92
1
129.19
1
190.11
December 8–11, 2011 2011–12 Grand Prix Final 5
61.04
5
109.39
5
170.43
November 17–20, 2011 2011 Trophée Éric Bompard 2
61.06
3
115.56
3
176.62
October 27–30, 2011 2011 Skate Canada 2
62.37
3
112.47
3
174.84
2010–11 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 27 – May 1, 2011 2011 World Championships 7
58.83
7
114.20
7
173.03
January 24–30, 2011 2011 Four Continents Championships 3
59.92
2
121.87
2
181.79
January 17–23, 2011 2011 Canadian Championships 4
57.71
2
113.63
2
171.34
October 28–31, 2010 2010 Skate Canada 4
54.80
4
103.73
5
158.53
September 23–26, 2010 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy 3
51.81
3
95.63
3
147.44

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External links[edit]

Media related to Eric Radford at Wikimedia Commons