Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Duhamel, Radford take bronze in Olympic pairs figure skating

Duhamel, Radford take bronze in Olympic pairs figure skating

At the end of their Olympic journey, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford broke new ground. Their hometowns were surely ablaze with pride and revelling in glory on Thursday as the veteran skaters capped their season with an Olympic bronze medal.

With two more tandems to run, including the Chinese Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, Duhamel and Radford were in the second level, to more than five points, the duo of Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, door-colors of Germany. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro were classified in 11th place with a final score of 198,11.

Not a bad body of work. We've had it, as I say, in previous Games.

"But we came to the Olympics and we just delivered four incredible performances". But in Sochi they finished seventh, falling prey to the nerves, adrenaline, and unexpected mistakes that come with skating on the sport's biggest stage. They have been on the podium many times before with those last three teams they just competed against. They made one mistake as Duhamel had a touch down on their side-by-side jumps.

"We are extremely over the moon happy for Meagan and Eric", Heidi Duhamel told the Star via Facebook.

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Their routine on Thursday, to Adele's "Hometown Glory", earned praise for its precision and grace, especially for an unbelievable quad throw Salchow, the first successful one at an Olympics.

They were in search of a comfort zone and a numerical edge, given the likelihood that the Olympic medals would be decided by small margins. The Germans, skating their long program before Canada, managed what would be the top mark of the day, vaulting them into first with 159.31 points in the free skate.

Of the 53 out LGBTQ athletes that competed in Brazil, 47% won a medal, including 10 gold medals - four of which were awarded to members of the United States' women's basketball team. And now this, Olympic bronze.

"We really trusted our training and we knew we came in here in the best shape possible", Duhamel said.

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