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Duhamel and Radford hold slim lead after pair's short program

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The Canadian Press
1/18/2013 7:43:04 PM
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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Defending champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford hold a slim lead over Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch after the pair's short program at the Canadian figure skating championships.

Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., scored 69.08, their only major mistake coming when Radford stumbled on the landing of his triple Lutz.

"It's the same situation as last year where it's really close in the short program, so we've got to lay it down in the long program to win this title again," Radford said. "But we performed under pressure last year and we can do it again this year."

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Waterloo, Ont., finished with 68.23. Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sask., were third with 54.42.

"When we were back here, and we heard (Moore-Towers and Moscovitch's) scores, we'd never scored 68 before, so when we heard that, I was like 'Ok, try to forget about it, try to ignore it.' But being the competitive people we are, I think hearing that score gave us a little oomph."

Radford and Duhamel (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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