“... we're off to tour with Stars On Ice across Canada until mid May. Then when we when get back, we're going to start choreography at the end of the May for next season.”
That's right, Duhamel and Radford will continue to skate together, but with a new attitude.
“We'll be back competing,” she said. “We're going season by season now. We'll do next year and see how it goes and I think we have no more results that we feel we need. We have won three national titles, three world medals and feel very settled. We achieved goals we set and we'll take next year to skate for ourselves and do it our way and not worry about results and expectations or anyone's opinion. We're kind of sick of worrying about whatever everybody else wants and we're going to do what we want next season.”
That new approach was formed after the Olympics.
“We took that attitude to worlds,” she said. “We don't care about beating anyone and what anyone thinks, and we we had two personal best skates. The judges will do what they do and we can't control that, so there's no reason wasting time thinking about it.”
The new approach has been a revelation.
“It is extremely freeing,” Duhamel said. “We felt it at the worlds, and people commented there was a lightness to our skating. We had less stress and fear, and we want to bring that to our skating next year, just be more relaxed. We don't need to win anything else to satisfy ourselves and any results we attain will be a bonus.”
Duhamel enjoys skating as much as ever.
“I'm extremely passionate still,” she said. “I think we can be better and we have small personal goals with skating and I think as long as we feel we can improve, we will skate.”
She's not ruling out another Olympics either.
“Maybe we'll still be skating in four years, we're not ruling it out,” she said. “As long as we're enjoying it, skating is not a sacrifice for us. We love going to the rink and it's our career and we make a living doing it and we see no reason to stop. We're not in a hurry to go do something else.”