|Country represented Canada|
Name Eric Radford
Partner Meagan Duhamel
Choreographer Julie Marcotte
Career start 1993
|Former coach Brian Orser|
Height 1.88 m
Home town Balmertown, Ontario
Role Figure skater
Residence Montreal, Canada
|Born January 27, 1985 (age 30) (1985-01-27) Winnipeg, Manitoba|
Former partner Anne-Marie Giroux Rachel Kirkland Sarah Burke
Coach Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte, Sylvie Fullum
Olympic medals Figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Team figure skating
Similar People Meagan Duhamel, Kirsten Moore‑Towers, Dylan Moscovitch, Patrick Chan, Scott Moir
Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD - 2016 World Championships - LP (BBC)
Eric Radford (born January 27, 1985) is a Canadian pair skater. With partner Meagan Duhamel, he is a two-time world champion (2015, 2016), an Olympic silver medalist in the team event, a two-time Four Continents champion (2013, 2015), the 2014–15 Grand Prix Final champion, and a six-time Canadian national champion (2012–17).
- Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD 2016 World Championships LP (BBC)
- Openly gay figure skater eric radford makes history
- Personal life
- Early career
- 2010–11 season
- 2011–12 season
- 2012–13 season
- 2013–14 season
- 2014–15 season
- 2015–16 season
- 2016–17 season
- Competitive highlights
- Detailed results
Openly gay figure skater eric radford makes history
Radford was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Balmertown, Ontario. He moved to Kenora at age 14, to Winnipeg and Montreal at 15, and to Toronto at 16. He studied music at York University and holds a Grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music certificate. He plays piano and writes and composes music, and registered as a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada in 2014. During the summer of 2016, Radford composed the 2016–17 free skate music for fellow Canadian skater and three-time world champion Patrick Chan.
In December 2014, Radford publicly came out as gay in an interview with the LGBT publication Outsports. In doing so, he became the first competitive figure skater ever to come out at the height of his career while still a contender for championship titles, rather than waiting until he was near or past retirement; at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships, Radford and Duhamel's gold medal win in pairs skating made him the first openly gay figure skater ever to win a medal at that competition. He is an ambassador for the Canadian Olympic Committee's #OneTeam program to combat homophobia in sports.
Became engaged to his boyfriend, Spanish ice dancer Luis Fenero, on 10 June 2017.
Radford coaches skating in addition to competing.
Radford began skating when he was eight years old. He competed with Sarah Burke on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in 2003 in the Czech Republic and 2004 in Hungary, placing 6th and 5th respectively. He also competed in single skating. At the 2005 Canadian Championships, he became trapped in an elevator just before he was scheduled to skate in the men's qualifying round but eventually escaped and was able to compete.
Radford teamed up with Rachel Kirkland in 2005. They were coached by Brian Orser in Toronto and part-time by Ingo Steuer in Chemnitz, Germany. They competed at the 2007 Canadian Championships where they finished 5th. After finishing 7th at the 2009 Canadian Championships, they ended their partnership.
Radford moved back to Montreal in 2009. He teamed up with Anne-Marie Giroux and finished 8th at the 2010 Canadian Championships.
At a coach's suggestion, Radford had a tryout with Meagan Duhamel, and they decided to compete together. They won a silver medal at the 2011 Canadian Championships and were assigned to the Four Continents and World Championships. At Four Continents, the pair won a silver medal. During the short program at the 2011 World Championships, Radford's nose was broken when Duhamel's elbow hit him on the descent from a twist, their first element – she opened up too early. Seeing the blood, Duhamel suggested they stop, but he decided to continue. They finished the program without a pause. Duhamel had not done a triple twist since 2005, and the new pair only began performing it before the Canadian Championships.
In the 2011–12 season, Duhamel/Radford won bronze medals at their Grand Prix events, the 2011 Skate Canada and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard. They won their first national title and finished 5th at the 2012 World Championships.
The next season, Duhamel/Radford won silver at their Grand Prix events, the 2012 Skate Canada International and 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard. They then won their second national title and their first Four Continents title. Duhamel/Radford stepped onto the World podium for the first time at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario where they won the bronze medal.
In the 2013-2014 season, Duhamel/Radford skated their short program to music composed by Radford as a tribute to his late coach Paul Wirtz. After finishing seventh at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, they returned to the podium at the 2014 World Championships, where they scored personal bests in both the short program and the free skate on their way to a second bronze medal.
Duhamel/Radford practiced a quad throw Salchow during the summer of 2014. At the inaugural 2014 Autumn Classic International held in Barrie, Ontario, they successfully executed the quad throw Salchow and won the event. They were chosen to compete at the 2014 Skate Canada International and 2014 NHK Trophy in the 2014–15 Grand Prix season. They won both events and eventually won their first Grand Prix Final title. At the Grand Prix Final, they improved their personal best scores in the free skating and combined total. They continued their first place streak by winning their fourth Canadian title and their second Four Continents title. In March 2015, they won gold in pairs at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships, capping a perfect season in which they won gold at every international event where they competed.
Duhamel/Radford began the 2015–16 season by winning the 2015 Skate Canada Autumn Classic. Turning to the Grand Prix series, they won gold medals at the 2015 Skate Canada International and 2015 NHK Trophy. In December, they took silver behind Stolbova/Klimov at the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona.
In January 2016, Duhamel/Radford won their fifth consecutive national title at the Canadian Championships. They withdrew from the 2016 Four Continents Championships in Taipei due to Duhamel's illness. In April, they competed at the 2016 World Championships in Boston, placing second in the short and first in the free. They were awarded the gold medal ahead of Sui/Han and Savchenko/Massot, who took silver and bronze respectively.
Duhamel/Radford received the bronze medal at the Grand Prix Final in December 2016 before winning their sixth consecutive national title, in January 2017. In February, they took the silver medal behind Sui/Han at the 2017 Four Continents Championships. At the 2017 World Championships, held in March in Helsinki, Finland, Radford had trouble training due to a muscle spasm in his hip. The pair finished 7th at the competition.
GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix
Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.