According to the International Skating Union on Saturday, Canadian Olympic silver medalists Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ontario and Eric Radford of Winnipeg, Manitoba, won the gold medal in an international pairs figure skating competition at Nagano, Japan. In placing first, Duhamel and Radford won the NHK Trophy. The event was the sixth competition of the 2015 International Skating Union Grand Prix.
Duhamel and Radford won the gold medal with 202.72 points. Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin of China won the silver medal with 191.02 points. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim of the United States won the bronze medal with 190.66 points. Duhamel and Radford easily reached the podium. They had 21.02 more points than fourth place finishers Vera Bazarova and Andrei Deputat of Russia. The NHK Trophy victory will be a huge confidence boost for Duhamel and Radford as they prepare for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
Duhamel and Radford, who won the silver medal for Canada in the team competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, will now compete at the ISU Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain from December 10-13. Julianne Seguin of Montreal, Quebec and Charlie Bilodeau of Rimouski, Quebec will also compete in the pairs. Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario will compete in the men’s, while Kaitlyn Weaver of Toronto, Ontario and Andrew Poje of Kitchener, Ontario will compete in the ice dance.