Ottawa Citizen - - WINTER OLYMPICS -

Q What is it about you two, paired to­gether, that has led to such great suc­cess?

Eric Rad­ford I think one of the main things that def­i­nitely helped us climb the ranks in skat­ing faster than nor­mal is that we were re­ally strong sin­gle skaters and we were able to do very dif­fi­cult in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments that other paired teams couldn’t do. Of course, af­ter the Olympics, we added an­other dif­fi­cult el­e­ment, the throw-quad Sal­chow. I think that was kind of our trade­mark for a while, the tech­ni­cal as­pect of skat­ing. We have worked re­ally hard to de­velop the other side, the artis­tic side. I think that’s some­thing we’re com­ing into our own in now, a lit­tle bit later than some other teams. But I think that’s some­thing that at the end of our ca­reers we’ll also be re­mem­bered for.

Q How im­por­tant is to you to leave Pyeongchang with a medal in pairs?

Rad­ford I think it’s more im­por­tant that we leave Pyeongchang with a great per­for­mance and that sense of ac­com­plish­ment. We know that if we have that feel­ing when we leave, we’ll also have that medal in hand.

Q How long do you guys plan to keep skat­ing ? Is this your last Olympics?

Both Yes.

Q Sad to say good­bye?

Mea­gan Duhamel: I think that af­ter the Olympics we’ll be com­pletely sat­is­fied. There’s so many things in my life that I’m look­ing for­ward to do­ing, I don’t think I’ll even have enough time to do ev­ery­thing I want to do. Skat­ing has pro­vided such an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for me. And we’re so lucky in the sport of skat­ing that we’ll be able to skate and per­form in shows. Not ev­ery sport and ev­ery ath­lete has that abil­ity.

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