Decorated pairs’ skaters Vanessa James, Eric Radford team up for Olympic season

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Pairs’ figure skaters Vanessa James and Eric Radford, both two-time Olympians and world and Grand Prix Final medalists with different partners and for different nations, have announced they are teaming up in time for the 2022 Olympic season.

Representing Canada, the team will train in Ontario under coach Julie Marcotte.

“Our goal is obviously to go to the Olympics,” James told CBC. “It’s a goal, a dream for us to get to the Olympics. Hopefully an Olympic medal. But it’s a process. So we’re going to take it a step at a time.”

Though she was born in Scarborough, Ontario, James has previously skated for the United States, Great Britain and France. Representing the latter with Morgan Ciprès for eight seasons, she won the 2018 Grand Prix Final and 2019 European Championships. Their resume also includes the 2018 world bronze medal, six Grand Prix medals and six French national titles.

Radford is a two-time world champion (2015, 2016) and 2018 Olympic pairs’ bronze medalist for Canada with Meagan Duhamel. Both skaters announced their retirement in April 2018 after a career that also included two Olympic team event medals, a Grand Prix Final title, two Four Continents titles, two world bronze medals, over a dozen Grand Prix medals and seven Canadian championships.

“I’m looking forward to this new partnership with Vanessa and getting back on the ice and doing what we love,” Radford said in a Skate Canada release. “Vanessa and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Canada this coming season and are looking forward to see what the future holds for our partnership.”

James, 33, and Radford, 36, will be one of the oldest pairs’ teams on the scene but will benefit from the decade of senior experience each has as a podium contender, and potentially from the break their bodies have had. James last competed in April 2019 and Radford in February 2018.

Canada secured two Olympic pairs’ spots for Beijing based on the results of last month’s world championships. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro are heavy favorites for one of those, after winning the last two Canadian titles and finishing in the top-10 at all four of their worlds appearances.

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