Hoping for double gold

Eric Radford’s first coach Debra Geary talking to CBC news said, “Even when he was eight years old he kept saying he was going to the Olympics…there’s no words that can really express how proud I am of him.”  Eric shows everyone who comes from small isolated northern towns along with everyone anywhere in the world that you can be your true self and follow your dreams and reach the top of the world.


Photo of Debra Geary and Eric Radford

I’m hoping to be able to do a final editing change in the wording in the poem from “wins gold” to “wins double gold”.  Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel will skate their long program on 15 February at the winter olympics in South Korea.



For Eric Radford



our fathers worked together under-

ground while you on the surface

gracefully chiseled the ice

the only boy figure skater


in town bullies taunted

you with their hockey

sticks. all of us children

of goldminers, and you


decorated with multiple

metals now wins gold: Olympic

girl in your hands the first time

you threw her she landed


perfectly. scared of

heights she trusts you to

twirl her above your head.

soulmates. your hidden self


shared with the world. fear

is a sound in the inner

ear but has no refuge

there. courage is your world


Eric Olympics 2018.jpg