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Duhamel and Radford are officially Sochi-bound

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jan 12, 2014 - 2:46 PM |
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are headed to Sochi after a convincing win in the pairs competition at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa. File photo.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are headed to Sochi after a convincing win in the pairs competition at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa. File photo.

The skating pair qualified for the Olympics after their record-breaking performance at the Canadian Championships

It came as no surprise, but Meagan Duhamel, and her skating partner Eric Radford, were officially named Sunday to the Canadian figure skating team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

“I have thought about this moment for such a long time and it is finally here. I can’t say how honoured I am to be named as a Canadian Olympic Figure Skating team member,” said Radford, who is originally from Balmertown, Ontario, in a release. “We will all keep working and training hard in preparation to represent our country in Sochi.”

Duhamel, a Lively native, received the official confirmation shortly after she and Radford won the pairs title at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa.

The pair defended their title with a record-setting score of 213.62.

They join 15 other figure skaters ready to represent Canada at the Olympics in February.

The Canadian Olympic figure skating team will include three men, two ladies, three pairs and three ice dance teams.

In addition to their success at the Canadian National Skating Championships, Duhamel and Radford took home the bronze medal at the 2013 world championships in London, Ont., and won the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

Duhamel did not compete in Vancouver due to injuries. “When that didn't work out, they were still there,” Duhamel said about her family's support, in an interview with Northern Life in May. “It didn't matter, win or lose. It's friends, it's family, it's a big community that sticks together.

“And here we are again today – not only to support going to the Olympics, but to win a medal at the Olympics for the Town of Lively, for Walden and for Sudbury.”
 

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