Former Balmertown resident Eric Radford and partner Meagan Duhamel were in Paris over the weekend skating in their second international event this season. The pair were one of five Canadian entries sent to the Trophée Eric Bompard which took place 18-20, 2011 at the Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy.
“We had a few unfortunate errors,” said Duhamel after the team placed third with 176.62 points for two performances. “But every time we made a mistake we came back with something strong. We are happy with the outcome.”
The Canadian team shared the podium with two Russian teams: Tatiana Volosozshar and Maxim Trankov who took gold with 194.13 points and Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov who won silver with 184.91 points.
This was the second international competition for Radford and Duhamel this season, having won a bronze medal at Skate Canada International last month. Skate Canada says the team is in a strong position to advance to the Grand Prix final slated for December in Quebec City. Their attendance will be dependent on the results of the upcoming Grand Prix qualifying event.
Meagan Duhamel, 25, Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford, 26, Balmertown, Ont., are one of two Canadian entries in pair skating who last season won bronze at Nebelhorn Trophy and placed fifth at Skate Canada International. The team is coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte at CPA Saint-Léonard.