Duhamel and Radford earn bronze at Skate America

LAKE PLACID – Two-time Canadian world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are headed to the ISU Grand Prix Final following a bronze medal performance on Saturday at Skate America, the seventh stop on the figure skating circuit.

Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany won the gold medal with 223.13 points, Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang of China were second at 219.20 and Duhamel and Radford followed at 215.68.

‘’Today wasn’t our best skate but it wasn’t our worst,’’ said Duhamel, from Lively, Ont. ‘’We fought and I think overall we are happy with this competition. This is our next to last Grand Prix and I refuse to leave here frustrated.’’

Skating to music from Muse, Duhamel and Radford opened with a triple twist before Duhamel fell on the side-by-side jump and touched her hand down on the throw quad Salchow.

‘’We’re on the podium with these great teams, it was a great competition and we are really proud.’’

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., were sixth.

In men’s competition, Nathan Chen led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish with Adam Rippon second. Sergei Voronov of Russia was third.

Liam Firus of North Vancouver was eighth, Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., ninth and Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., 10th.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., is in third spot after the women’s short program behind Japanese skaters Satoko Miyahara in first and Kaori Sakamoto in second.

‘’My program is definitely a step-up performance-wise,’’ said Daleman. ‘’On the technical side there’s a lot of improvement to be done. I need to work  hard on it and be prepared for the next time.’’

In the short dance, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto are fifth.

The women’s free skate and free dance are on Sunday.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1718/gpusa2017/

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