On Wednesday, figure skaters Vanessa James and Eric Radford announced on social media that they have partnered up and will compete together for Canada.
33-year-old James was born in Canada but has never represented the country in figure skating competitions. During the 2005-2006 season, she was the British national champion in ladies’ single skating; however, starting in 2008, she began competing in pairs’ skating for France. James won her first French national title during the 2009-2010 season and competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics with Yannick Bonheur, placing fourteenth. The following season, she paired up with Morgan Cipres and the duo won six French national titles, the 2018-2019 ISU Grand Prix Final, the 2019 European Championships, won bronze medals at the 2018 World Championships, and competed in two Olympic Games – tenth place in 2014 and fifth place in 2018.
36-year-old Radford has represented Canada his entire career and has enjoy a successful career partnering with Meagan Duhamel from 2010 until 2018. They have won seven Canadian national titles, the 2014-2015 ISU Grand Prix Final, two Four Continents Championships, two World Championships, and competed in two Olympics – seventh place in the pairs’ event and a silver medal in the team event in 2014, and a bronze medal in the pairs’ event and a gold medal in the team event in 2018. Radford is the first openly gay man to have won a gold medal at any Winter Olympics.