Published: February 28, 2018
BY JENNIFER PARSONS
Red Laker will be getting a fresh taste of gold next month, in Olympic form.
Sources in the community confirmed this week Olympian, and former Balmertown resident, Eric Radford will be in the district mid-March, bringing with him his new hardware.
Golden Learning Centre Principal and former coach to Radford Debra Geary said this week the Olympian will be making a tour of area schools, skating with members of his former skating club and greeting the public at a community event.
“It is very rare to have an Olympic medalist from our own hometown that some of us know so well,” said Geary on Feb. 26. “I have had people congratulating me about his success. I was so shocked it was then that I realized how it has permeated throughout this community.”
Radford, and pairs partner Meagan Duhamel, won gold in the Figure Skating – team event and a bronze in the individual pairs event at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea at the beginning of February.
Area fans gathered at the Red Lake Legion on Feb. 14 to watch the team skate their final competitive performance cheering boisterously as the final marks were announced with the local team on the podium in the bronze spot.
“I felt a great sense of pride,” said Geary of that moment. “Our area figure skaters have been overjoyed with Eric’s success and being able to watch him do what he loves and achieve his greatest dreams on such an large stage has been an inspiration to many of our community’s youth.”
Radford and Duhamel announced earlier this year they would be retiring from competitive pairs figure skating at the end of the this season, however, will continue to perform in shows this spring, including the Canadian Stars on Ice tour that stops in Winnipeg in May.
The community is invited to attend a Meet and Greet at the Goldcorp Recreation Centre Curling Lounge from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on March. 21.