Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres

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Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès are pair skaters representing France.

Vanessa was born on 27 September 1987 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

Morgan was born on 24 April 1991 in Melun, France.

The couple teamed up in September 2010. They are the 2018 World bronze medalist, the 2017 European bronze medalist and a five-time French national champion. They have also won several medals in Grand Prix and Challenger Series competitions. The team did not compete during the 2019-2020 season.

With earlier partner Yannick Bonheur, James represented France at the 2010 Winter Olympics, placing 14th. She is also the 2006 British national champion in single skating.

Vanessa and Morgan are trained by John Zimmerman and Jeremy Barrett.

Updated on 28 August 2020 by dorispulaski
Previously updated on 12 April 2019 by Mohacz​


ISU bio
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00013733.htm

Rinkresults
Vanessa - http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=2478
Morgan - http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=2277

Stats on Ice entry
https://www.statsonice.com/skaterteam/vanessajammorgancipr/

Tracings bio
http://tracings.net/jame-cipr.html

Wikipedia
Vanessa - http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_James
Morgan - http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Ciprès

Official Facebook
http://www.google.com/url?q=https:/...EQFjAC&usg=AFQjCNEI04zNOM-NKaF0CoOXG5s6Tgk8zQ


TypeScoreCompetition
Personal Best Total Score226.00ISU World Team Trophy 2019
Personal Best Score Short Program76.55ISU European Championships 2019
Personal Best Score Free Skating152.52ISU World Team Trophy 2019


TypeScoreCompetition
Personal Best Total Score222.59ISU 2017 World Team Trophy
Personal Best Score Short Program75.72ISU 2017 World Team Trophy
Personal Best Score Free Skating146.87ISU 2017 World Team Trophy


Programs and Videos​

2019/2020
The team did not compete during this season.

2018/2019
SP: "Uninvited" by Alanis Morrissett
LP: "Wicked Game" by Chris Issak, cover version
Ex: "Black and White" / "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson

2019 World Team Trophy2019 World Championships2019 European Championships2019 French Nationals2018/19 ISU GPF Vancouver2018 GP Internationaux de France
SP: no video found
FS: no video found
Medal ceremony: no video found
Ex: no video found​
2018 GP Skate Canada2018 Autumn Classic International (20-22 September)
SP:no video found
LP: no video found​

2017/2018
SP: "Make It Rain" by Foy Vance performed by Ed Sheeran arranged by Maxime Rodriguez
FS1: "Say Something" (A Great Big World song) by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera / "Sense of Freedom" by Maxime Rodriguez
FS2: "Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel performed by Disturbed, arranged by Maxime Rodriguez
Ex1: "The Way You Make Me Feel" / "Black or White" by Michael Jackson
Ex2: "Angel" (piano mix) by The Weekend

2018 World Championships
SP: no video found
FS: no video found
XXIII Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang2018 European Championships2017 GP France2017 Skate Canada
2016/2017
SP: "Earned it" by the Weeknd
FS: "Sound of silence" by Simon and Garfunkel performed by Disturbed, arranged by Maxime Rodriguez
Ex1: "Scared of Lonely" by Beyoncé
Ex2: "Unsteady" by X Ambassadors
Ex3: "Belle" (from "Notre-Dame de Paris") by Riccardo Cocciante

2017 World Team Trophy2017 Worlds2017 European Championships2016 Skate Canada Autumn Classic2016 TEB2016 Skate America
2015/2016
SP: "I Put A Spell On You" by Joss Stone; choreo by Laurie May
FS: "Romeo and Juliet" (soundtrack) by Craig Armstrong, Romeo and Juliet (soundtrack) by Abel Korzeniowski; "Oh, Verona" (Romeo and Juliet soundtrack) by Craig Armstrong; choreo by Laurie May
Ex: "Scared of Lonely" by Beyoncé

2016 World Championships2016 Cup of Tyrol
SP: no video
FS (blocked in the US): no video
KnC after FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O24-Snksbkg
Medal Ceremony: no video​
2016 European Championships
SP: no video found
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFiimYQRgDk
Ex: no video found​
2016 French Championships2015 GP NHK2015 GP Trophée Bompard
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWQQJJF2WHw
FS: event cancelled
Interview by The Blade Boys at TEB: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYujUB8IxDA
2015 Nebelhorn Trophy2014/2015
SP: "El Tango de Roxanne" from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack
FS: "Angels and Demons" soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, selections from "Heaven and Hell" by Vangelis and music from the "Requiem for a Dream" soundtrack by Clint Mansell
Ex: "Scared of Lonely" by Beyoncé

2015 World Team Trophy2015 World Championships2015 Winter Universiade2015 European Championships2014 GP Skate Canada2014 GP TEB2014 Nebelhorn Trophy
2013/2014
SP: "Minnie the Moocher" by Cab Calloway
FS: "Angels and Demons" soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and "Requiem for a Dream" (soundtrack) by Clint Mansell

2014 World Championships2014 European Championships2013 GP TEB
2012/2013
SP: "Rumba d'Amour" and music by Safri Duo
FS: "Pearl Harbor" soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
Ex: "There You'll Be" (from "Pearl Harbor") by Faith Hill

2013 World Team Trophy2013 World Championships2013 European Championships2013 Challenge Cup2012 GP TEB2012 GP Skate America2012 NRW Trophy2012 Coupe de Nice2012 Nebelhorn Trophy
2011/2012
SP: "El Tango de Roxanne" from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack
FS: "Nostalgia" by Yanni

2012 World Championships2012 European Championships2011 GP TEB

Competitive History​


EventSPFSTotal
2019–20 season
The team did not compete this season.
2018–19 season
2019 World Team Trophy2 (73.48)1 (152.52)1 Indiv. (226.00)
4 Team
2019 World Championships7 (68.67)3 (146.52)5 (215.19)
2019 European Championships1 (76.55)1 (149.11)1 (225.66)
2018 French Championships1 (82.70)1 (158.27)1 (240.97)
2018 Grand Prix Final4 (71.51)1 (148.37)1 (219.88)
2018 Internationaux de France3 (65.24)1 (140.53)1 (205.77)
2018 Skate Canada International1 (74.51)1 (147.30)1 (221.81)
2018 Master's de Patinage1 (81.43)1 (147.38)1 (228.81)
2018 CS Autumn Classic International1 (73.81)1 (136.40)1 (210.21)
2017–18 season
2018 World Championships3 (75.32)3 (143.04)3 (218.36)
2018 Winter Olympics6 (75.34)5 (143.19)5 (218.53)
2018 Winter Olympics (team event)6 (68.49)Team 10
2018 European Championships1 (75.52)4 (134.65)4 (210.17)
2017 Internationaux de France2 (73.18)1 (141.14)2 (214.32)
2017 Skate Canada International3 (73.04)2 (141.33)3 (214.37)
2017 Master's de Patinage1 (72.55)1 (154.44)1 (226.99)
2017 CS Autumn Classic International2 (73.48)1 (137.00)1 (210.48)
2016–17 season
2017 World Team Trophy1 (75.72)1 (146.87)1 Indiv (222.59)
6 Team
2017 World Championships10 (70.10)6 (134.58)8 (204.68)
2017 European Championships2 (74.18)3 (145.84)3 (220.02)
2016 French Championships1 (68.17)1 (130.26)1 (198.43)
2016 Trophée de France4 (66.05)2 (132.53)3 (198.58)
2016 Skate America4 (65.78)7 (108.87)4 (174.65)
2016 CS Autumn Classic International3 (65.58)2 (133.32)2 (198.90)
2015–16 season
2016 World Championships9 (66.69)10 (119.14)10 (185.83)
2016 Cup of Tyrol2 (60.14)2 (113.14)2 (173.28)
2016 European Championships5 (62.10)5 (123.45)4 (185.55)
2015 French Championships1 (68.13)1 (130.63)1 (198.76)
2016 NHK Trophy6 (61.91)4 (118.29)6 (180.20)
2015 Trophée Éric Bompard2 (65.75)cancelled2 (65.75)
2015 Master's de Patinage1 (62.42)1 (111.35)1 (173.77)
2015 Nebelhorn Trophy3 (58.34)3 (113.84)3 (172.18)
2014–15 season
2015 World Team Trophy5 (58.66)5 (109.31)5 Indiv (167.97)
6 Team
2015 World Championships12 (58.28)8 (119.06)9 (177.34)
2015 Winter Universiade4 (57.28)3 (110.91)3 (168.19)
2015 European Championships3 (60.13)6 (107.16)5 (167.29)
2014 French Championships1 (59.40)1 (112.12)1 (171.52)
2014 Trophée Éric Bompard5 (54.20)5 (113.68)5 (167.88)
2014 Skate Canada International5 (56.47)5 (105.32)5 (161.79)
2014 Master's de Patinage1 (59.99)1 (115.80)1 ( 175.79)
2014 Nebelhorn Trophy4 (55.18)4 (108.97)4 (164.15)
2013–14 season
2014 World Championships9 (64.01)8 (119.89)10 (183.90)
2014 Winter Olympics10 (65.36)11 (114.07)10 (179.43)
2014 Winter Olympics (Team Event)7 (57.45)6 Team
2014 European Championships6 (63.23)5 (122.25)5 (185.48)
2013 French Championships1 (62.14)1 (115.04)1 (177.18)
2013 Denkova-Staviski Cup1 (56.66)1 (109.99)1 (166.65)
2013 Trophée Éric Bompard5 (56.78)4 (115.49)5 (172.27)
2013 Master's de PatinageWDWDWD
2012–13 season
2013 World Team Trophy3 (58.73)4 (115.58)4 Indiv (174.31)
6 Team
2013 World Championships8 (60.98)8 (119.19)8 (180.17)
2013 Challenge Cup1 (65.41)1 (124.41)1 (189.82)
2013 European Championships4 (59.27)4 (119.54)4 (178.81)
2012 French Championships1 (58.21)1 (103.80)1 (162.01)
2012 NRW Trophy SP FS 2 (60.49)3 (110.54)3 (171.03)
2012 Trophée Éric Bompard7 (51.44)4 (112.21)6 (163.65)
2012 Skate America4 (55.76)4 (111.90)4 (167.66)
2012 Master's de Patinage 1 (50.81)1 (113.90)1 (164.71)
2012 Nebelhorn Trophy3 (55.00)4 (96.52)3 (151.52)
2011–12 season
2012 World Championships13 (50.51)16 (80.19)16 (130.70)
2012 European Championships8 (51.81)6 (100.12)6 (151.93)
2011 French Championships1 (53.84)2 (74.99)2 (128.83)
2011 Trophée Éric Bompard8 (44.86)7 (88.45)8 (133.31)
2011 Cup of Nice5 (51.12)5 (92.75)5 (143.87)
2011 Master's de Patinage1 (49.38)1 (88.55)1 (137.93)
2011 Ondrej Nepela5 (35.00)5 (90.93)5 (125.93)


Other Exhibitions​


2018 Gala international des stars de la glace 20182014 Tournee Post OlympiqueEpinal Act 1Epinal Act 2
Golden Skate Articles and Threads

24 November 2018 GS post GP IdF article -
https://goldenskate.com/2018/11/james-and-cipres-pocket-another-gold-in-grenoble/
November 2018 GS thread regarding TSL interview with Vanessa and Morgan -
https://goldenskate.com/forum/showt...James-and-Morgan-Cipres&p=2241073#post2241073
28 September 2018 GS video interview -
https://goldenskate.com/2018/09/james-and-cipres-goal-is-world-champions/
Sept 2013 thread about Morgan's injury -
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?41790-Morgan-Cipres

Articles and Videos

16 January 2019 - ISU interview
Jan. 2016 - Volosozhar, Trankov cruise to fourth European title. Germans take silver despite lift troubles; Tarasova, Morozov retain bronze (interview with James & Cipres included)Orange team card gameJan. 2015 James and Cipres in Third after SP at EuropeansOctober 2014. James and Cipres Hope to Bring Skating Next LevelOctober 2014 James and Cipres Win French MastersFeb 22, 2014 Vanessa James et Morgan Ciprès reviennent des JO. Les deux champions sont revenus de Sotchi et racontent leur meilleur souvenir des JO, dans les locaux de La République de Seine-et-MarneFeb 2014 An article about their costume designerDec 2013 James and Cipres win French nationals2011 Rencontre Vanessa James et Morgan Cipres à Bercy le 170511
Miscellanea​


Baby Pictures​


Morgan as a Singles Skater 2008Vanessa's first skating competition 1998Vanessa started pair skating in 1998 with another girl!Vanessa with Yannick Bonheur 2010 Europeans FSThis channel has lots of videos of the young Vanessa!
Vanessa skating with Yannick Bonheur​

Vanessa and Yannick 2009 TEB GalaVanessa and Yannick in 2010
SP - LP

Vanessa and Morgan say their names here in this video by sabinfire -
https://youtu.be/cy23KmJYX-Q.
And in this ISU video -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFWJT8xdrGQ

Random Fun

Here is a cute interview made by fans a couple of year ago at TEB. They are really relaxed and Vanessa is so cute. Her French is also quite good and she had to translate everything for Morgan because he didn't understand anything lol.
https://youtu.be/XtranlLJyhE

Here is them getting ready for Sochi games ;)
https://youtu.be/JahX6IBOn4k?t=1m23s
 
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Pika

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You forgot to mention that Morgan is one of the hottest men of the circuit :biggrin:
I wish the best for them in the future! Missing this European medal this year was too bad :( They had a rough season debut with changes of coach, but managed to do it well at Worlds, I'm full of hope for them :)
Go Vanessa and Morgan !
 
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lol you know what that is a shame we can't embed pictures on here because I wanted to put one to show said hotness :biggrin:
 

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This is the retranscription of what Maxim Trankov commentated on Russian TV during the WC2015. The translation was done by Xela M on figure skating universe http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/index.php?threads/maxim-trankovs-pairs-commentary.95594/page-5

where it can be seen in full.

Trankov on James & Cipres' short programme at Worlds 2015...

[in the beginning] "Well this is, in fact, technically one of the strongest pairs. They trained all summer with us with Stanislav Morozov. Last year, or in general in the previous seasons, their biggest obstacle was the twist element and Stas fixed it and afterwards they became very competitive. The guys jump very well and have very big throws. And they are in general very striking thanks to the female partner. The male partner is strong and attractive and the female partner [has an] exotic look."


...

[during the replays] "But generally, it's difficult for these guys to work. They don't have a pairs skating coach. They are coached by Morgan's coach who coached him when he was still skating as a singles skater in juniors. It's his coach and now he is training them in pairs skating and they are also assisted by Fabien Bourzat - a European Champion in ice dancing, so of course..." [the other guy asks why they didn't stay with Morozov and Trankov says:] "Well, the French federation decided... They didn't perform very well at the GP events and in any event, it was difficult for them in Moscow and expensive and at one point the relationship became very strained so to speak between our Federation and the European Union. At some point they were just taken back, simply taken and they were told that... I know Vanessa was very upset about it. She cried over it, but the French federation told them to go back home, so they went back home."

His comments are really interesting I think. And that is quite cool that he thinks they have the potential to really be big. The details about their training conditions are quite sad however :/
 
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This is the retranscription of what Maxim Trankov commentated on Russian TV during the WC2015. The translation was done by Xela M on figure skating universe http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/index.php?threads/maxim-trankovs-pairs-commentary.95594/page-5

where it can be seen in full.



His comments are really interesting I think. And that is quite cool that he thinks they have the potential to really be big. The details about their training conditions are quite sad however :/

Thanks for posting this! Very interesting to see his point of view.
They really lack a real team to surround them, and of course the Federation is not helping them. How sad when you they have the potential to achieve incredible things...
 

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I feel badly for them, and all the talented French skaters. I wish there was something that could be done to help them.
 

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Here's a little "unofficial" interview made by a french community (Stars Skating French), Morgan making an assessment of their season:

- How are you?
M: We are fine, we're enjoying our rest after this very long season.

-Let's come back on this season, how do you look back on it ?
M: The season has been difficult and turbulent. We left for Russia, then came back to France because Russia wasn't suitable for us. We made some strategy mistakes, and lost time, but we held on. There have been very good things, and other less.

-What were your best and worst moments in competition this season ?
M: We commit to memory our little bronze medal at the European Championships, and our medal at the Winter Universiades.

- You took part to the French Tour. Can you tell us a few words about it ?
M: The French Tour was super, but really exhausting, especially in the first part, because we had to stay in a good shape for the World Team Trophy. But we have very good memories, with the public, and with our french team mates.

-Can you tell us a little about the programs you chose for the Tour?
M:We had to do our Short program everyday for the show, to stay competitive, and we had a 2nd exhibition that we usually do for the shows, more impressive for the public and in harmony (????with the spirit of the french tour, maybe I don't really kow what he wanted to say)

-What's your plan for this summer ?
We're going to stay in Paris, and then we'll go to train in Vaujany (French Alps) in altitude, to be in a great shape for next season.

- Have you already started thinking about your new programs?
M: Yes of course, but we aren't totally decided yet.

-What are your goals next season?
M: Improve our scores and of course get on podiums.

- Where will you train next season, who will be your coaches?
M: We will stay in Bercy.

-To finish, a word for your fans?
M: Thanks to everybody for your support, and for everything you bring to us. If we go ahead, it's also thanks to you.
 
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I have just finished adding info to daphenaxa's nice OP for Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès. I found lots of surprises, including Vanessa's first pairs performance, which was with another girl in 1998, and vids of Morgan and Vanessa as singles.


Hope you guys enjoy it!
 

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Thanks Doris ! I had never seen Vanessa's first pairs performance this is so cute ! :laugh: Not sure but if I remember well Melyssa is her twin sister.
 

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Thanks Doris ! I had never seen Vanessa's first pairs performance this is so cute ! :laugh: Not sure but if I remember well Melyssa is her twin sister.
Yes, they're twins.^^ Both cute girls grew into beautiful women. :love:

I wish something was done to up Vanessa/Morgan level of skating. They have what it takes to become a strong pair, but do not have the right team/surrounding. For how long is it going to last? :no:
 

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They have what it takes to become a strong pair, but do not have the right team/surrounding. For how long is it going to last? :no:

I am afraid it will last long, just because of the usual French federation working that can be really desperating sometimes... :no:
 

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Maybe if French fed had one ounce of common sense, they would release Bruno Massot so he could skate with Aliona and not ruin his career. And then they could have the 4 of them training together and pushing each other. Now that would be a win-win situation.
 

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Maybe if French fed had one ounce of common sense, they would release Bruno Massot so he could skate with Aliona and not ruin his career. And then they could have the 4 of them training together and pushing each other. Now that would be a win-win situation.

What Whaat did you say ? Common sense ? This word doesn't exist in french sorry. :biggrin: :hopelessness: :disapp:
 

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What Whaat did you say ? Common sense ? This word doesn't exist in french sorry. :biggrin: :hopelessness: :disapp:

yeah :( I am aware of the French fed antics. But yeah I don't understand why you would want to mess up with your skaters so much when you already don't have a very deep pool of talent.
 

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In fact there's a pool of talent. Of course, it's not comparable to Russia, or Japan, not the same population and popularity of the sport, but some youngsters could be really promising. The problem is that we just keep saying they are really promising, and nothing is done to raise them, or too late. Desperating to the highest degree.
 
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