MEET CANADA’S WORLD TEAM: PAIRS
Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford
The reigning five-time Canadian champions and defending world champions don’t rest on their laurels. With creativity, unique elements and dazzling death spirals, Meagan and Eric continue to raise the bar and arrive in Boston looking to defend the world crown they won last spring. Training in Montreal under Bruno Marcotte and Richard Gauthier, Meagan and Eric enjoyed a perfect run that began in the fall of 2014 before coming to an end with silver at the Grand Prix Final in December.
FUN FACT: Eric loves music almost as much as he loves skating. He composed Tribute in 2006 after Paul Wirtz, his coach at the time, passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Meagan and Eric skated to Tribute in their short program in 2013-14.
Meagan was a former singles skater and won the Canadian junior women’s championship in 2004.
Lubov Ilyushechkina / Dylan Moscovitch
In just their second year together, Lubov and Dylan claimed their second straight Canadian championships medal with a bronze in Halifax. Dylan’s raw power and Lubov’s jaw-dropping flexibility are catalysts for unique lifts and creative tricks that have quickly made them crowd favourites. In the future, Dylan says he would like to study business at the University of Toronto, while Lubov has an interest in economics and law.
FUN FACT: In her own words, Lubov is “obsessed with cheese.” Dylan is an accomplished martial artist, and a certified Krav Maga instructor.
Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro
Following a frightening fall in their short program at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, Kirsten and Michael recovered in their free to finish in fourth spot. As part of the national team in 2015-16, they earned their first Grand Prix medal together with a bronze at Skate Canada International. A photo of 4’11 Moore-Towers and Boston Bruins 6’9 defenceman Zdeno Chara went viral during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
FUN FACT: Michael is often told he looks like Craig Buntin; Kirsten can recite the alphabet – in sign language.
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