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France sent Vanessa James to represent them on the ice at the Vancouver Olympics

Vanessa James is a French-British figure skater who has competed internationally as both a single skater and pair skater. She has competed internationally for Great Britain as a single skater and for France as a pair skater.

James originally competed domestically in the United States and internationally for Great Britain as a single skater. She is the 2006 British national champion and 2007 national silver medalist. She switched to pair skating in 2007 and teamed up with Yannick Bonheur to compete for France. They are the 2010 French national champions.

James was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. She lived in Bermuda until age 10 when her family moved to Virginia. Her father is from Bermuda, which enabled James to hold British citizenship and to compete for Britain. While competing in singles, she lived and trained in the United States. She moved to France in 2007 to train with Bonheur.

James teamed up with French skater Yannick Bonheur and began competing internationally with him in 2008. They made their Grand Prix debut at the 2008 Trophee Eric Bompard, where they placed 7th. They placed 10th at the 2009 European Figure Skating Championships and 12th at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. In the 2009-2010 season, they placed 6th at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, 8th at the 2009 Cup of China, and 8th at the 2009 Trophee Eric Bompard. At the 2010 French Figure Skating Championships, they placed second in the short program and won the free skating to win the title overall.


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  1. I am a big ice skating fan, especially of Vanessa James (with partner Morgan Cipres). There are so few Black skaters, so it’s always a thrill to see Vanessa and how well she is doing on the international stage. I just wanted to send her a fan letter, but all I am seeing is FB, not like an e-mail. Do you know of one for her?? Thanks.

  2. B.W.I.E (™)

    I am sorry, I don’t. But try contacting the association for competitive ice skating in France. Bon chance!

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