SOCAN member wins gold medal at 2018 Olympic games

Olympian and SOCAN member Eric Radford has won a gold medal for Canadian figure skating (team) at the Pyeongchang Olympic games. (Photo: Eric Radford/Twitter)
February 13, 2018

The Montréal-based, Winnipeg-born, two-time world-champion figure skater Eric Radford – who’s also a composer member of SOCAN – has won a gold medal as part of the Canadian figure skating team at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic winter games.

Alongside his skating partner Meagan Duhamel, they reached the highest step on the podium in the team figure skating category, making Radford the first openly gay Olympic gold medallist.

Eric Radford and SOCAN Chief of Québec Affairs, Geneviève Côté, at the 2014 annual general meeting.

In a lesser-known, but equally important, aspect of his multi-talented life, Radford is also a composer. In 2014, he became a SOCAN member just days after realizing his dream of skating at the Sochi Winter Olympics, to the music of “Tribute” – a composition he wrote in memory of his coach Paul Wirtz, who died from cancer eight years earlier. Later in 2014, Radford was a special guest at SOCAN’s Annual General Meeting, where he spoke about his inspiring Olympic experience and his composition. Radford worked with SOCAN composer Louis Babin to produce, orchestrate and conduct “Tribute,” which was broadcast around the world, and helped Radford come home with a silver medal.

More recently, he wrote and scored “A Journey,” for piano and strings, in support of his friend and fellow world-champion figure skater Patrick Chan, who performed to the music at (SOCAN-licensed) Skate Canada in 2016.

We’re pleased and proud to have Olympic-medallist Eric Radford as a SOCAN member!