Biography:

Eric Radford won back-to-back world titles with partner Meagan Duhamel in 2015 and 2016, making them the first Canadian pair to successfully defend their world gold medal since Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul won four straight from 1957 to 1960. Their first world title capped an undefeated season that included wins at both of their Grand Prix events, the Grand Prix Final, and the Four Continents. Duhamel and Radford had previously won bronze medals at the 2013 and 2014 World Championships, the latter coming after they had helped Canada win silver in the inaugural Olympic team event in Sochi.

Early in his career, Radford had enjoyed success as a singles skater, winning the Canadian novice title in 2002 followed by the junior title in 2004. But as he grew, his height made him better suited for pairs. As a senior skater he teamed with two different partners without much progress before Duhamel became available after she came one place shy of qualifying for Vancouver 2010. At the suggestion of coach Richard Gauthier, the two had a tryout. The two skaters had never thought about teaming up, even though they were both from small northern Ontario towns. They each have strong individual technical skills from competing as singles. That background allows them to include the most difficult of triple jumps amongst the pair skaters, triple Lutzes. They added a quad throw Salchow to their repertoire in 2014-15. Radford battled through a hip injury at the 2017 World Championships, which forced the pair to alter some elements in their programs and contributed to a seventh place finish.

Personal

Getting into the Sport: Fell in love with skating while watching Nancy Kerrigan at Albertville 1992… Started skating at age eight… Loved that it was a sport performed to music… Moved away from home at 14 to Kenora then Winnipeg at 15 and Montreal at 16… Outside Interests: Passionate about piano… Has said that as important as skating is in his life, composing and playing music is also a huge part…Composed the music that Duhamel and Radford used for their short program in 2013-14 and that Patrick Chan used for his free skate in 2016-17… Studied music for two years at York University… Has his Grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music certificate… Enjoys going to theme parks in the off-season… Odds and Ends: Hometown of Balmertown is more than a 20 hour drive from Toronto, home to 1000 people and one arena…