Victorious Duhamel, Radford nearly flawless in pairs event
Megan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., claimed their first pairs title Saturday at the Canadian figure skating championships in Moncton.
Jessica Dube of St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Que., and Sebastien Wolfe of Terrebonne, Que., were second, while Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sask., won bronze.
Duhamel and Radford, who've been partners for less than two seasons, scored 190.11 for the pairs gold. Duhamel jumped up and down the moment the music stopped, and was overcome with emotion when the score was posted.
"Oh my god, I can't imagine feeling happier than I am right now. I'm going to have no voice tomorrow," she said. "Eric moved away from home when he was 13 years old and I moved away when I was 14 for the sole purpose of winning a national title and it took 12 years. It took a long time, but we never lost hope."
The Canadian champs skated a nearly flawless performance to music from Coldplay's "Viva la Vida."
"When I first started skating, it was this moment I was dreaming of, and it's all happening right now," Radford said. "It's what every athlete dreams of, these moments like this, it's an incredible feeling."
Dube and Wolfe scored 171.60 for silver, while Lawrence and Swiegers finished with 168.84 points for bronze.