Skaters

Vanessa James

Vanessa James is competing with Brian McGrattan. She is skating for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Vanessa James is competing with Brian McGrattan. She is skating for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Figure skater Vanessa James was born in Scarborough, Ontario. After a trip to the skating rink as a young girl, James and her twin sister, Melyssa, fell in love with figure skating and began skating at the age of 11. 

James went on to become a pairs skater for France. She is now a six-time French pairs champion, 2018 Grand Prix champion, 2018 World bronze medallist, and most recently the 2019 European champion with her partner Morgan Ciprès. James is the first active figure skater to compete in the Battle of the Blades competition while actively working towards World and Olympic titles. 

She is a fan favourite, winning over crowds with her warm and engaging personality. Her 2018 season was one of her most successful, winning gold medals in virtually every competition her and her partner entered. 

James is competing with Brian McGrattan as her partner. She is skating for the Alzheimer Society of Canada — a charity that works towards making life easier for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias while working towards advancing research, treatment and finding a cure.