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Jan 30, 2013 12:14am
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WINDSOR, Ont. Anthony Davis Jersey . —What Meagan Duhamel
and Eric Radford want fans to see is a completely believable story unfold on the
ice. What fans wont see is all the hilarious, embarrassing work that went into
making it believable. Canadas top pairs skaters, who open their Grand Prix
season at this weeks Skate Canada International, hired acting coach Catherine
Pinard this summer in search of that extra edge for their programs. It
definitely added some comedic relief to practices. You can watch the pairs short
program, along with the ladies short program, today on TSN at 2pm et/11am pt.
“Its so fun and uncomfortable,” Duhamel said. “She makes us attempt some
interesting things—a lot of improv work on the ice.” “(Pinard) will be, like,
I want you to touch her, touch her like you want her,” Radford said, laughing.
“Shes always like, Why cant you just grab her and kiss her at the end of the
program?” Duhamel added. “Well, we dont do that.” Duhamel, from Lively, Ont.,
and Radford, from Toronto, were fifth at the world championships last spring in
Nice, France, in only their second year competing together. The third season,
Radford said, is where partners really start to gel. “Without trying everything
just got better, technically, all of our elements are smoother, better
landings,” he said. “It makes it that much easier to just start connecting them
with more complicated choreography. And so we really started to work on the
story-telling aspect, the connection.” To achieve that connection, Pinard had
Duhamel and Radford do things at practice like laugh throughout a footwork, or
carry on a conversation during a particular section of choreography. “Sometimes
we just look at each other, like, this is just so difficult,” Radford said.
“Doing a triple Lutz is easier than breaking down that ball of insecurity, that
lost feeling you get when youre trying to improv, stuff you dont really know.
“But each time we did it, we both kind of felt a growth inside. Then, in the
last little competitions weve been doing, everybodys kind of noticed a
difference.” The defending Canadian champions skate their free program to music
from the soundtrack of a 2007 British film called “Angel,” based on the book by
Elizabeth Taylor. Radford said he came across the music on iTunes. “Just
randomly looking for music,” he said. “I just clicked on it, like, oh, this
sounds good. So I went to the album and listened to it.” The movie, starring
Romola Garai—maybe best known for her role in “Atonement”—and Sam Neill,
received poor reviews. “Every movie reviewer we read, they were like, My God, I
had to stop watching this movie, it was awful, the acting was awful,” Duhamel
said, laughing. “Wed never heard of it. Nobody has ever heard of it. Nice music
though.” Neither Duhamel nor Radford have seen the movie. “No. I dont know if I
want to,” Duhamel said. “I like the music so, I want to keep a really good
feeling about it.” In the ladies competition, Amelie Lacoste of Montreal and
Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Newfoundland are the Canadian entries in a field of
10 skaters. The 16-year-old Osmond is coming off a big win in September at the
Nebelhorn Trophy event in Germany. Lacoste won the womens title at the Canadian
national championships last January. Among the top competition in the ladies
division is Kanako Murakami of Japan, w