Eric Radford, Meagan Duhamel will skate in Sochi

Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel won their third straight pairs title at the Canadian championships this weekend in Ottawa, securing their tickets to Sochi.

Pair takes third straight Canadian figure skating title

Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel perform at the Canadian Skating Championships in Ottawa on Saturday. The pair won their third straight national title and were named to Canada's Olympic team for Sochi 2014. (The Canadian Press)

Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel won their third straight pairs title at the Canadian championships this weekend in Ottawa, securing their tickets to Sochi.

Radford of Balmertown, Ont., and Duhamel of Lively, Ont. won with 213.62 points, also a national championship record.

"I don't believe it yet, my legs are still shaking," Duhamel said, at times fighting back tears as she spoke with reporters.

"We've waited so long to go to the Olympics and we're going and it's the greatest feeling … Four years ago it was a devastating experience for me at nationals and I've waited four years to relive this day, and I couldn't be prouder."

Duhamel narrowly missed the Vancouver Games team with former partner Craig Buntin, and pondered retirement before teaming up with Radford.

'Dream come true'

Sunday afternoon, the pair was officially named to Canada's figure skating team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

"It's a dream come true," said Radford. "I got to see it happen to other people before, and I was aching with jealousy those last times. And now it's me up there."

Radford said he and Duhamel have a "great shot" at making the podium in Sochi, if they can skate the way they did at the national championships.

"When we got together four years ago we were just hoping to squeak in and make the Olympic team and now we're getting to go to the Olympics as three-time Canadian champions," added Duhamel.

"It's such a cool feeling."

CBC is the official Canadian broadcaster of the Winter Olympic Games and will have continuing coverage from Feb. 7-24.

With files from The Canadian Press


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