Duhamel, Radford lead pairs at Skate Canada

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford at Skate Canada 2013

Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford edged out Italy’s Stefania Berton /Ondrej Hotarek and Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China for a narrow lead at Skate Canada 2013.

Duhamel/Radford completed a triple twist and three level-four elements in their program to “Tribute”, a piece composed by Radford himself. However, Duhamel stepped out of the side by side triple Lutz and touched down on the throw triple Lutz. The Canadians scored 69.57 points.

“We are really pleased with our debut of the season. We haven’t competed internationally yet this year. Obviously it could have gone a little bit better, but that was in the range of the scores that we were looking for at this time of the year. We’re really excited to see our program build and the scores build as we head towards the Olympics.” Duhamel commented.

Berton/Hotarek’s routine to “The Mask” featured a side by side triple toe, a triple twist and throw triple loop. The European bronze medalists picked up 69.38 points, improving their personal best by 5.10 points.

“For us, it was already the second Grand Prix, we already experienced the first one, the little shaky one. So the second performance usually like for us today works fine, so we are really happy about that,” Hotarek said. “We had a little distraction this week, because my partner didn’t have his skates until last night. I’m really happy that we pulled it together and the performance today was strong.” Berton added.

Performing to “La Strada”, Sui/Han produced a throw triple flip, triple toes and a level-four triple twist. The three-time World Junior Champions earned 69.02 points. “This is our first time this year to join the competition and I think we did really well in this short program. We changed coaches, now it’s Hongbo (Zhao) and Yao Bin, and we are learning more about skating, many things. It made us grow up.” Han explained.

Photo: Andrew Vaughan

Information from ISU press release was used in this report.

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