Eric Radford, Meagan Duhamel fans 'excited' by 7th-place finish

Balmertown's Eric Radford and his partner Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., finished seventh in pairs figure skating at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Students, teachers pack gymnasium at Balmertown-town born Radford's elementary school

More than 200 people, including the entire student population, packed the gymnasium at the Golden Learning Centre in Balmertown, Ont., Wednesday morning, to watch Eric Radford compete in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. (Supplied)

Balmertown's Eric Radford and his partner Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., finished seventh in pairs figure skating at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Radford and Duhamel finished the free skate portion of the event Wednesday with a score of 127.32, giving them a total score of 199.60.

That put them about 16 points off the podium, and 37 back of the gold medal-winning Russian pair of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov.

Balmertown cheers Radford

In Radford's hometown, more than 200 people gathered in the gymnasium at his old elementary school to watch the competition.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford compete in the team figure skating competition during the 2014 Winter Olympics last Thursday in Sochi, Russia. Radford and Duhamel finished seventh in the pairs program Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) (The Associated Press)

GraziaCianci, the vice president of Golden Learning Centre, said the entire school population was in attendance, as well as about 20 community members.

"Everyone was very proud and very happy," said Cianci. "It was a very emotional moment."

Cianci said the mood in the gym was boisterous, despite the skaters' apparent displeasure with their performance.

"Just judging from the looks on [Radford and Duhamel's] faces, they seemed disappointed," she said. "But we were still pretty excited for them."

For more on the pairs figure skating event, and all things Sochi 2014, go to the CBC Olympics website.

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