Duhamel and Radford lead at Skate Canada

Canadian pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (Reuters)

Canadian pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (Reuters)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:10 PM ET

Ondrej Hotarek performed a great short program at Skate Canada on Friday along with his partner Stefania Berton, but nothing else seemed to go right for the Italian figure skater.

First off, the airline sent Hotarek's skates to Chicago, instead of Saint John, and he had to borrow a pair from American skater Ross Miner so he could practise, though his skates did arrive just in time for Friday's short. And then right after the short program, as the top three pairs team were conducting a press conference, a water pipe situated above the skaters burst, forcing the skaters to scramble for dry land, so to speak. The good news is Berton and Hotarek skated well enough to place second (69.38 points) going into Saturday's freeskate. The pairs short was won by defending world championship bronze medallists Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada (69.57), who skated their short to Radford's own composition entitled Tribute, a song he wrote in memory of his late coach Paul Wirtz.


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