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Pair champions lead Canadians at Trophee Eric Bompard

Skate Canada

11/13/2012 10:09:56 AM

Skate Canada will send two entries to Paris for Trophee Eric Bompard.

The competition, which is the fifth of six stops on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, will take place beginning Friday at the Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy. Canada will have a total of four athletes competing in pair and ice dance.

In the pair discipline, 2012 Canadian Champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will represent Canada. Duhamel and Radford won silver at their first assignment this season, Skate Canada International. Last season, they won bronze at Trophée Eric Bompard and Skate Canada International, and placed fifth at both the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the ISU Grand Prix Final. The team is coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte at CPA Saint-Léonard in Montreal, Que.

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier will be the Canadian entry in ice dance. This season, Gilles and Poirier placed fourth at their first assignment, Skate Canada International, and won gold at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, a senior international competition. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razguliaevs at Ice Dance Elite in Scarborough, ON.