Winter Olympics 2018: Canada figure skaters earn bronze in mixed pairs

Eric Radford takes gold and Adam Rippon bronze in team skating

Radford and teammate Meagan Duhamel partnered to win the pairs free skate program.

Radford was part of the Canadian figure skating team's win in the mixed team final.

"If you have the wrong piece of music and it doesn't connect with the audience or the judges, it doesn't really matter how great you skate", Radford, 33, told CBC Radio.

After the event, he said, 'I don't think I've ever been so nervous at 10 a.m.in my life, ' reports USA Today. Gone too any doubts they created by blowing up their support team mere months before the Grand Prix circuit kicked off an Olympic year.

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American skater Adam Rippon who is also gay took home the bronze for the U.S.A.in another Winter Olympics first.

The strong opening weekend for out LGBTQ athletes comes after nearly half of those who competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio took home a medal.

With two more tandems to run, including the Chinese Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, Duhamel and Radford were in the second level, to more than five points, the duo of Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, door-colors of Germany. The Germans, skating their long program before Canada, managed what would be the top mark of the day, vaulting them into first with 159.31 points in the free skate. "We're going to be able to retire and always look back on our skating career feeling complete and happy".

In 2014 Radford came out and in that same year won the silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Russian Federation.

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Duhamel has been vegan since 2008 and is on the verge of retirement, having announced that this is her last season.

She and Radford have done seminars with the club and even performed in its ice show.

"We saved the best for last", Radford said.

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