Figure Skating

Canada's Duhamel, Radford earn pairs silver at Skate Canada

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The Canadian Press
10/27/2012 3:05:05 PM
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WINDSOR, Ont. -- Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford skated to silver in the pairs event at Skate Canada International on Saturday.

Skating to music from the British movie "Angel," Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Toronto's Radford scored 126.00 points for their free program and 190.49 points overall.

"Last year when we skated our very best, we barely got 120 (for the free program), and now we didn't skate our very best, it was still good, and we're at 126," Duhamel said. "We're very excited to see where this season takes us, and that will be to the podium in London."

Duhamel and Radford were just walking into the WFCU Centre In Windsor when Kaetlyn Osmond's medal ceremony for winning the ladies competition was beginning.

"We felt really inspired," Duhamel said. "We watched the medal ceremony, and we were so proud of her and proud of Canadian skating so I think that gave us a little boost."

The Canadians finished behind four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, who scored 201.36 in a program that was more memorable for its costumes than the lifts and spins.

Skating to "Bolero," made famous by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, the Germans wore multicoloured bodysuits -- they looked as if someone had tossed cans of red, yellow and black paint at them, like something you'd find at a modern art exhibit.

"It's not my favourite style but to be honest, I know we are figure skaters so we have to wear something that is in a way comfortable and wear suits like this that I would not go out (wearing)," Szolkowy said. "If it fits the music and Aliona's costume, and everybody is talking about us, it's OK."

Italians Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek won the bronze with 172.03.

Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Brandon, Man., were fourth.

Duhamel and Radford (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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