Out Gold Medalist Eric Radford Announces Retirement From Figure Skating

Radford and partner Meagan Duhamel confirmed their retirement after earning a bronze on Thursday.

Following a bronze win in free skating with partner Meagan Duhamel, Canadian figure skater Eric Radford announced his retirement from competition.

Radford became the first openly gay man to earn gold at a Winter Olympics on Sunday, after he and Duhamel top the top spot in the team figure skating event.

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Their routine on Thursday, to Adele’s “Hometown Glory,” earned praise for its precision and grace, especially for an amazing quad throw Salchow, the first successful one at an Olympics.

“He nearly tossed her to the roof of the arena on a quad twist,” wrote Dan Barnes in Canada’s National Post “and almost over the boards on a throw triple Salchow.”

“We don’t ever have to do a quad throw again,” Duhamel said. “We landed the last quad we tried. That makes me happy.”

“We saved the best for last,” Radford added.

In addition to medaling at Pyeongchang, through their eight year partnership the duo has earned gold at world championships, a Grand Prix final title, and seven national championships.

“It’s the sweetest [ending] it could possibly be right now,” said the 33-year-old. “I don’t think that there’s any better way.”

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