Canada wins silver medal at ISU World Team Trophy


Louis Daignault

April 14, 2013, Tokyo, Japan (ISN) – World championship bronze medallists Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., took second spot in pairs on Saturday to help Canada win the silver medal at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating competition.

The U.S., took the gold with 57 points, Canada followed at 51, Japan was third at 49, Russia fourth at 39, China fifth at 35 and France sixth at 31.

In pairs, Duhamel and Radford remained second with 191.15 points finishing behind Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia at 210.47.

The Canadians’ routine to the “Angel” soundtrack included triple throws and six level-four elements.

“There were some mistakes, but the way that we skated, the way we felt in the middle of the program, we were both very aware and relaxed at the same time,” said Duhamel. “What we loved about the competition is that it really built that unit, that feeling of being a team.”

The team event will be included in the Olympic program for the first time in Sochi.

Akiko Suzuki of Japan won the women’s event ahead Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold of the U.S. Canadian champion Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., was seventh and Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., completed her senior international debut finishing 11th.

“I didn’t know what to expect coming here,” said Osmond. “It was a lot of fun and the team provided great support which made it so enjoyable and lifted the pressure. This whole season has been a dream come true for me.”

“I was honored to compete here,” said Daleman. “Even though I didn’t have a best skate, I was feeling nervous and the support of my teammates really helped me.”