James claims title in Vancouver
Bermuda’s Vanessa James and her partner Morgan Ciprès produced a mesmerising performance to take pairs victory at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the weekend.
The pair who represent France, skated to Wicked Game and The Last Feeling in their free skate as they came from behind and improved their season’s best with a score 148.37 points, for a total of 219.88.
“I could not be happier than I am right now,” James told Eurosport. “I feel like we’ve only been doing comebacks lately. It feels good.
“The score could be amazing and the experience could be amazing, but we really need to work on the short programme.
“I’m very proud that after such a disappointment yesterday [Saturday], that we could bring it strong home.”
Overnight leaders following the short programme — China’s Cheng Peng and Yang Jin — finished second after accruing 141.21 points in the free skate for a total of 216.90, while Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov settled for bronze.
James, whose father Kevin is Bermudian, was born in Ontario, Canada but lived in Bermuda until the age of ten when her family moved to Virginia. During her time on the island she attended Mount St Agnes. Her twin sister Melissa is also a figure skater.
James and Ciprès have been competing together since 2010 during which time they have appeared in many figure skating competitions and have won several medals, including a bronze at the World Championships as well as gold at the International Skating Union Grand Prix in Grenoble, southeastern France, this month.