(ISN) – OSAKA, Japan – Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., built a solid a lead in the pairs event after Friday’s short program at the NHK Trophy, the last stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit before next month’s final.
Duhamel and Lively, two time world championship medallists, scored 72.70 points landing side by side triple Lutz, a throw triple Lutz, triple twist and executing four level-four elements. Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia are second at 64.60 and Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin of China third at 60.15.
”The way we skated today is how we skate every day in practice,” said Radford. ”This is how we aim to skate at every competition. It feels amazing to skate like that and we’re really looking forward to carrying the momentum into the long program.”
Other short program Canadian results on Friday: Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., stands seventh in women’s competition while Elladj Balde of Pierrefonds, Que., and Jeremy Ten of Vancouver are seventh and eighth in the men’s event.
The ice dancing competition starts Saturday featuring Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont. The free skates for men, women and pairs are all on Saturday.