Although largely unremarked in the U.S. news coverage, the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver hosted the first all-black figure skating pair to compete at the Olympic level. The 2-year-old pair of James-Bonheur placed 7th in the 2010 European Championships and 14th in their first Olympics together with a dynamic and riveting program. Hopefully they will continue to inspire both on and off the ice.
VANCOUVER – Vanessa James says she had two big reasons to feel proud on the ice Monday: she was part of the first black figure skating pair in Olympic history, and she did it in the country of her birth.
Toronto-born James and partner Yannick Bonheur, skating for France, delighted the crowd at the Pacific Coliseum with an elegant and technically rich routine in their free skate. They are among the few black skaters who have climbed the ranks of international figure skating and the first to reach these heights as part of a pair.
“We’ve actually had a few people who had come from the U.S. to watch the Olympics and they had never seen us before, and they have children who are black figure skaters and now they want to be the best,’’ James said after their routine Monday.
“They see that it’s possible so I hope we do see more black skaters in figure skating, and then we’ll see more skaters.’‘
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