Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès are former French competitive pair figure skaters. They made their competitive debut as partners in late September 2011 and they retired from competitive ice skating in September 2020, following the scandal surrounding Ciprès.
Prior to their pairing, Vanessa has already been skating in pairs, competing also at the Winter Olympics with her previous partner. But for Morgan, the pairing with Vanessa was his first time skating in pair, as he was previously a singles skater.
They are the 2019 European Champions, the 2018 World bronze medalist, the 2017 European bronze medalist, the 2018 Grand Prix Final champions and a six-time French national champions. They have also won medals in Grand Prix and Challenger Series competitions. James and Ciprès represented France at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. Before their retirement they were scheduled to compete at 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, where they would have been contenders for an Olympic medal.
Their biggest achievements:
- bronze medal at 2017 European Championship
- fifth place at 2018 Winter Olympics
- bronze medal at 2018 World Championship
- 2018 Gran Prix Final champions (setting a new world record in the free skate)
- 2019 European champions
- 6 French national Champions titles: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019
Let’s take a look at some of their most magical performances on ice …