I didn’t realize that Vanessa James has skated for 3 different countries and she could have skated for 2 more as well. She was born in Canada. Her father is from Bermuda and she lived there as a youngster before her family moved to the U.S. (Virginia) where she trained and competed in singles. Her father’s Bermudan background enabled Vanessa to hold British citizenship and compete for Britain. She’s the 2006 British National Champion and the 2007 British silver medalist in ladies singles.
Vanessa later switched to pairs and tried out with a British skater before moving to France to team up with Yannick Bonheur. James and Bonheur began their partnership in 2008 and were fairly successful winning the French National pairs championship in 2009-2010. They placed 7th at 2010 Europeans, 12th at 2010 Worlds, and 14th at 2010 Olympics. After that season, James and Bonheur ended their partnership and Vanessa began training with a new French partner (Maximin Coia) in May 2010 – they had plans to compete for France and train in Germany with Ingo Steuer, but Coia suddenly decided to end his amateur career. Apparently determined to continue skating, Vanessa found yet a new partner, Morgan Cipres. She began training with Cipres in September 2010.
James & Cipres were 2nd at 2011-2012 French Nationals. They placed 6th at Europeans ahead of their French teammates, and 15th at Worlds in Nice (Wiki source is inaccurate -- J/C placed 16th after fp, and were in 13th after the sp). I thought they competed well at their first Worlds together, especially since this is their first full season competing as partners.
James with former partner, Bonheur 2009 Worlds:
James/Cipres 2011 TEB fp
James/ Cipres 2011 TEB sp
James/ Cipres 2012 Worlds fp