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  • KINGSTON, Ont. Basket Vapormax Blanche . - The hurtful words used to slice deep, but Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are learning to laugh them off and let their skating answer for them.And the fact theyre winning says plenty.Canadas top figure skating pair has had its share of critics since teaming up four years ago. Theres too big a size difference — shes four foot 11, hes 6-2. Their styles are too different — she skates with the power and force of an athlete, he carries himself with the grace and artistry of a dancer.Sometimes now we read mean comments online: They dont match. Why would they skate together? They dont look good together. She needs a new partner. He needs a new partner. Really mean, hurtful things that we cant change, Duhamel said.There was one comment when Dylan (Moscovitch) and Kirsten (Moore-Towers) broke up (last summer), it was Ah, I just wish it was Meagan and Eric that broke up.Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., are writing their own success story with a season that has thus far seen them win both their Grand Prix events and then the Grand Prix Final in December in Barcelona, firmly entrenching the Canadians as the team to beat at the world championships in March.Theyre in the hunt for their fourth consecutive national title at the Canadian championships this week.They possess one element — side-by-side triple Lutzes — that no other team in the world has. And their quad throw Salchow, added this season, is only attempted in competition by one other team.Were doing a program so dynamic that if you gave it to one of the top Russian teams, they wouldnt be able to do it, Radford said. Theres an undeniable fact that we are doing elements and programs that nobody in the world can do except for us.People who dont like us, you can hate us as much as you want, but what we do is undeniable and were going to keep on doing it.Critics arent uncommon in a sport that enjoys a large and vocal fan base. Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, darlings of the Vancouver Games, were the subject of a spiteful blog dedicated to everything anti-Virtue and Moir.Radford said a Russian coach fired shots at the Canadian pair in a recent interview, asking Why did the coach put somebody tall, with somebody short like Meagan?In Canada you already have very few pair boys and very few pair girls, its not just like we get to choose them off a construction line or something, Radford said. Whereas in Russia, everybodys trained in the same style. . . its a totally different mindset. It just goes to show what Meagan and I have accomplished is even rarer maybe than what some of the Russians have.Partnering in figure skating is a tricky business at the best of times. Houston native Kaitlyn Weaver became a Canadian citizen in order to compete with Andrew Poje. The ice dancers are also enjoying a wildly successful season, with two Grand Prix victories and gold from the Grand Prix Final.Weaver drove to Waterloo, Ont., in 2006 for a tryout with Poje, and wound up staying. They were a perfect fit, something as rare and lucky, she said, as finding ones soul mate.I remember the tryout, and I remember thinking to myself, Okay, this is the real deal. This could be something really good. I feel like I was so young, I was 17. . . but I just remembered thinking, This could be the opportunity I’ve been waiting for.Why are you laughing? Weaver said, turning to Poje.My first thought was, Wow, this girls quiet, Poje said. Because our first day of the tryout, she didnt speak a word. . .(But) from the very beginning we knew there was something unique and something that we knew would take us far.When did Weaver start talking?The second day, she said, laughing. Andrews coach, who turned into our coach, Rebecca Babb, she pulled me aside the second day and said, Kaitlyn, its OK to smile. I was so nervous. I wanted to be so perfect, to prove that I was the right partner.Oh, yeah (I was intimidated). I mean, hes six foot three, he was gorgeous, he was great. And he was way more qualified than I was at that point.There were some early awkward moments for Duhamel and Radford as well.Coach Bruno Marcotte instructed their choreographer to try to minimize the obvious size difference.He told our choreographer Dont have them stand next to one another, I had to be down on one knee, or doing a spread eagle thats shortening me, and shes standing up as tall as possible, Radford said.Or all our costumes. . ., Duhamel added You can only make my body look so long. People are always trying to make my body look as long as possible. And Eric as least long as possible, even still now.This weeks championships decides the team that will represent Canada at the world championships in Shanghai.Canada can send three teams in both pairs and ice dance, and two skaters each in mens and womens singles.While Duhamel and Radford and Weaver and Poje are the class of their respective fields, Skate Canada high performance director Mike Slipchuk expects a dog fight for the remaining spots.After Moore-Towers, from St. Catharines, Ont., and Torontos Moscovitch split a few months ago, he teamed up with Russian Lubov Ilyushechkina, while she joined forces with Michael Marinaro of Waterloo, Ont.Ilyushechkina is eligible to compete for Canada at the world championships, but needs Canadian citizenship to compete at the Olympics.Its an interesting mix, Slipchuck said of the pairs field. And then I would really say that the surprise here is (Julianne) Seguin and (Charlie) Bilodeau.Seguin, from Longueuil, Que., and Bilodeau, from Notre-Dame-du-Portage, Que., won both their junior Grand Prix events plus the junior Grand Prix Final this season.Theyre coming in here with the second highest international score of all our teams, with junior elements, Slipchuck said. Theyre sometimes a bit forgotten because they werent on the senior circuit but theyve really developed into a strong team.Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., and Toronto teen Nam Nguyen, last years world junior champion, should battle for the mens title in the absence of Patrick Chan, whos also taking the season off.Without injured Kaetlyn Osmond, the womens field is wide open, and the weakest of the four events at the Rogers K-Rock Centre this week.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had Duhamels height listed incorrectly. Vapormax Off White France .Gasol had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Bulls beat the winless Orlando Magic 98-90 on Tuesday night.Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 21 points and Taj Gibson added 16 for Chicago, which finally pulled away in the final minutes of a game that was tied after three quarters. Vapormax Pas Cher Ebay . -- The anointed starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders is strengthening his hold on the position this training camp instead of losing it.The Houston Dynamo have swung a trade with Toronto FC that could allow them to sign free agent defender DaMarcus Beasley. Houston has completed a deal for the top spot in the MLS allocation order in exchange for midfielder Warren Creavalle, the 14th allocation spot and allocation money. According to MLSsoccer.coms Darrell Lovell, the Dynamo will use the top allocation spot to sign the American national, Beasley. Beasley is currently a free agent, his previous contract with Mexican club Puebla having elapsed. However, were he to make a return to the MLS, he would be subject to the allocation process. The Dynamo were previously 14th in the allocation order, hence their need to trade up in the queue to secure the 32-year-olds services. Beasley just participated in his fourth FIFA World Cup, becoming the first American to appear in four tournaments. He played in all four of the U.S. matches at the tournament. He has 17 international goals, amassing 120 career caps. The signing was made official, Beasley released a statement on his move to Houston. "I am excited and ready to start this new chapter in my career," Beasley said in a statement. "I have heard great things from Brad (Davis) and Rico (Clark) about Houston, the team and the fans, and Im excited to get to know them. I feel fit and ready to go andd hope Dom (coach Dominic Kinnear) will see my work ethic and desire to play at a high level. Faux Vapormax Pas Cher. quot; Creavalle, 23, has appeared in 16 games with the Dynamo this season, starting 10. He has appeared in 54 career MLS games with the Dynamo over three seasons, notching three goals. He appeared in five MLS Cup Playoff games with the Dynamo in 2013. "Warren is a player that we have been watching closely for some time now and we feel his versatility will be a welcomed addition to our club," Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko said. "Houston expressed interest in switching allocation positions so combined with our interest in Warren this move was a win-win for both clubs." Beasley has a history with MLS, though he has not played in the league since 2004. He broke into the league with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 1999 before spending four years with the Chicago Fire. He has spent his subsequent years overseas, spending three years with PSV Eindhoven, a loan spell with Manchester City, three seasons with Scottish side Rangers as well as three years with Germanys Hannover 96. He has been with Puebla since 2011. Head coach Dominic Kinnear of Houston said that "DaMarcus has had a great career, as we saw at the World Cup, to bring in a player of his quality is a big plus for the team." ' ' '
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