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Third place for Radford and Duhamel

Jennifer Thurbide

Many TV sets in the region were tuned to CTV this last Saturday as former Balmertown resident Eric Radford took to the ice in the 2011 Skate Canada International competition in Missisauga, Ontario. Skating with partner Megan Duhamel, the pair competed against athletes from 11 countries to secure a third place finish in the pairs event which was held October 28 and 29th.

Performing Friday afternoon in the short program the pair executed a technical program that had them comfortably placed in second place going into the second day of the competition. The duo was unable to keep that ranking after a couple of slips late into their four minute performance and settled for third with Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov taking first place and China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han securing second.

Considered the start of the climb towards the Sochi Olympics in 2014 the Canadian event showcased many talented Canadian and international athletes that included a variety of Olympic and World Championship veterans.

Radford’s personal Facebook page along with the team’s fan site was flooded with congratulations messages and encouragement throughout the weekend as the team participated in photos and interviews.

Earlier this year the team became a household name after skating through a bloody injury. In April 2011 an opening throw saw Duhamel’s elbow connect with Radford’s nose. The pair continued with their flawless performance and secured silver medals for their combined performances.

Skate Canada International is the second of the six competitions in the International Skating Union’s (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Earlier this month Radford and Duhamel placed 13th at Skate America.

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