Vanessa James Competes In Olympic Skating

February 7, 2014

Bermudian figure skater Vanessa James and partner Morgan Cipres — representing France — took part in the inaugural figure skating team event at Sochi yesterday [Feb 6]. The pair placed seventh with a score of 57.45, earning a total of four points for France, the country they’re representing.

The final standings for team figure skating event were as follows:

  • 1. Russia, 19 points
  • 2. Canada, 17
  • 3. China, 15
  • 4. Japan, 13
  • 5. Germany, 10
  • 6. France, 10
  • 7. United States, 10
  • 8. Italy, 8
  • 9. Ukraine, 5
  • 10. Britain, 3

Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres at the 2013 World Championships:

Ms. James is lived in Bermuda as a child before moving overseas. She initially represented England, then switched to France.

The first black woman to win the British National Championships, Ms. James and her old partner Yannick Bohuer became the first black couple to ever make an Olympic appearance in pairs skating.

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