Radford, Duhamel pay tribute to late coach

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford skate in the senior pairs short program at the Canadian National...

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford skate in the senior pairs short program at the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships in Mississauga Ontario January 18, 2013. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:40 PM ET

Seven years ago, after his coach Paul Wirtz passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, figure skater Eric Radford sat down at the piano and composed a song in tribute.

“My whole life was turned upside down in that moment and I just kind of sat at the piano and it just came out of my fingers,” said Radford on Thursday, following a practice with his pairs partner Meagan Duhamel at the Harbour Station Arena in Saint John.

Composing songs was nothing new to Radford, who has played the piano as long as he has skated. But this tune — appropriately entitled Tribute — was special. So much so that the team, the 2013 world championship bronze medallists, decided to use Radford’s song for their short program this season, starting at the Skate Canada International this weekend and on through to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.


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