Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel, the Canadian pairs figure skaters who helped Canada win gold in the team event, finished the individual short program in third place at the Winter Olympics.
The pair had a couple minor stumbles but overall looked great. NBC commentator Tara Lipinski said she felt the duo may have been holding something back in their performance.
“I was emotional, I was into it, but they were tentative,” Lapinski said. “They were not on the attack. And if you’re going for an Olympic medal you need to be.”
Weir agreed, again claiming Duhamel was “calculating” and cold, just as he’d said during the team event.
They earned a 76.82 from the judges. Duhamel seemed upbeat, but Radford seemed a little disappointed with the score in the shot on TV.
He was excited on Twitter:
Another great Short Program! Right where we need to be heading into the long program. #olympics #pyeongchang2018 #shortprogram #withorwithoutyou #figureskating #figureskater #almostdone #fight pic.twitter.com/grkUez8yrU— Eric Radford (@Rad85E) February 14, 2018
Either way, it was good enough for third place and in position for a medal, if not a gold.
They currently trail Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China, and Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov from that country that isn’t allowed to show its flag at these Olympics.
Radford is already the first openly gay man to ever win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, from the team event earlier. He came out after the 2014 Winter Olympics. Four years ago the pair finished seventh in the Olympics before winning World Championships in 2015 and 2016.
They have won the Canadian National Championship each of the last seven years. Of the 32 major events they have entered in the last six years, they have won a medal in 27 of them. Nothing short of a second Olympics medal in 2018 will be satisfying for Radford and Duhamel.
By the way, if you liked that rendition of “With or Without You” they skated to, sung by April Meservy and Aaron Edson, you can take a listen here. It’s already climbing the itunes charts.