Eric Radford made his Olympic debut at Sochi 2014 and came home as a silver medallist in the inaugural Olympic team event. He and partner Meagan Duhamel competed in the pairs’ short program portion of the event, finishing second with a program to music that Radford himself had composed in tribute to his late coach Paul Wirtz. The duo also placed seventh in the pairs’ event.
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.
Duhamel and Radford, who have both lived and trained in Montreal for several years, have had a steady progression in their international results. Seventh at their first world championship together in 2011, they moved to fifth in 2012 and set their sights on the podium in 2013. After winning a pair of silver medals on the Grand Prix, they stood atop the podium at the Four Continents Championships. Their season culminated with a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships, Canada’s first world medal in the pairs’ event since 2008. They added a second bronze at the 2014 World Championships.
2014 Olympic Silver Medallist (team)… 2013 and 2014 World Bronze Medallist… 2013 Four Continents Champion… Three-Time Canadian Champion (2012, 2013, 2014)…
Getting Into 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 Winnpeg 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 will use for their short program in 2013-14… 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…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
ISU World Championships: 2014 – BRONZE; 2013 – BRONZE; 2012 – 5th; 2011 – 7th