Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Duhamel and Radford Win Gold at World Figure Skating Championships

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Duhamel and Radford Win Gold at World Figure Skating Championships

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Canada's Duhamel and Radford win pairs gold


BOSTON - In the final few seconds of their gold-medal skate, when she was soaring high above Eric Radford's head, Meagan Duhamel was already celebrating.

"I don't even think I was saying words. I was just like 'Yeahhhh!'" Duhamel said with a wide smile.

The Canadians captured their second consecutive world pairs title in emphatic fashion Saturday, and by the time they hit their final lift in front of a roaring TD Garden crowd, "I knew it was over, I knew we had done enough," Duhamel said.

"When we hit that very last position, I heard her scream, and it just brought a little smile to my face," Radford added. "When you can have those little bursts of a moment in the middle of a program, it's surreal."

Skating to Adele's "Hometown Glory" and dressed in matching deep blue, the Canadians landed both their quad throw Salchow -- the only skaters in the competition to do so -- and side-by-side triple Lutzes en route to a clean program, earning a personal best 153.81 points. They scored 231.99 overall.

The jam-packed crowd in the 17,565-seat arena rose to its feet as Duhamel and Radford knelt on the ice in a long embrace. In the kiss-and-cry, as they awaited their marks, they gleefully held up oversized likenesses of their faces.

"Eric's always the calm to my storm at the end of really great skates," Duhamel said. "But he is just as excited as I am."

China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, the leaders after the short program, won silver with 224.47 points. Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot took the bronze with 216.17 points.

Lubov Iliushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto were seventh while Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., were eighth.

The pairs gold was Canada's only medal at these world championships.

Later Friday, Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., was ninth in a women's singles event won by 16-year-old Russian Evgenia Medvedeva.

The back-to-back golds for Duhamel and Radford marks the first time Canada has had repeat champions in pairs since Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul won four straight from 1957 to '60.

And their victory came after a frustrating season that at times appeared destined for world championship disappointment. They had utterly dominated pairs last season, but by their own admission they wandered into this season "floating around," aimless.

Their perfect streak ended with a second-place finish at the Grand Prix Final. They had a less-than-great skate at the Canadian championships. There were times, they said, that they wondered if they'd done all they could in the sport. They arrived in Boston as "underdogs."

"It feels great because it's difficult not to doubt yourself when everyone else has that expectation of you," Radford said.

"You work so hard, and that frustration, it hurts you so deeply, and it just feels so good when it all comes together," Duhamel said. …

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