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Vanessa James, 33, and Eric Radford, 36, surprised the figure skating community by announcing a last-minute bid for a competitive season, which just so happens to be an Olympic year. But what is the likelihood that these two powerhouses in the pairs event can foster an Olympic-level performance in just 10 months? Especially considering Radford's been retired since 2018, and James since 2020? "It will be very interesting to see how things shape up," Dylan Moscovitch, Olympic pairs skater and host of That Figure Skating Show, told CBC Sports. "They only have one season to do this and it can sometimes take time for a team to gel and get used to skating programs together and handling each other under pressure. "But based on what I've seen and based on their track record, they have the goods." That's apparent in a series of training videos. It doesn't look like either athlete has been away from the sport for years, or with a new partner, for that matter. WATCH | Vanessa James, Eric Radford come out of retirement: Despite late start, initial skates look exceptional "After seeing their initial videos, my impressions are that they have beautiful lines which can be very striking," said Moscovitch, who competed alongside Radford and against James for years. "Their tricks look effortless. Like their twist, which usually takes people quite a bit of time to get that timing synchronized, it looks very easy and technically sound. Their throws are amazing, they both are very good jumpers." Moscovitch says those technical skills are a key part of making this comeback a reality. "They're both well rounded, packaged skaters, so when you put them together on paper that looks amazing. However that doesn't necessarily mean they'll work," he said. "But when you look at how their bodies are together, their stature is very compatible." Their ability to jump back into the fire was a surprise to James and Radford. "Some of the elements we thought would be the hardest are actually some of our easiest," James said. Eric Radford, top centre, is shown celebrating his 2017 world championships gold medal in pairs with former partner Meagan Duhamel, bottom centre. Radford announced on Wednesday that he will return to competition with a new partner, Vanessa James, who shown with her world championships bronze medal at bottom right.(File/AFP via Getty Images) Past wins and losses will help tight timeline So with the technical skills well on their way to being competition-ready, Moscovitch says their experience is another thing giving this comeback a shot at success. "Both of them have a huge laundry list of accomplishments but losses as well, which are very valuable when you're trying to speed up a timeline," he said. "You have a lot to draw from and I think this team has it in spades." Radford is one of the most successful pairs skaters to ever represent Canada. He retired in 2018 after eight seasons partnered with Meagan Duhamel and winning three Olympic medals, three world championship medals and seven national titles. James and her previous partner Morgan Cipres had success in their own right in France, winning a 2018 bronze world championship medal, the 2019 European title, and also winning seven national titles. She retired in 2020. They'll fall back on this experience most when it comes to their programs. Having just solidified their music and plans this spring, they'll have spent less time fine-tuning their performances than everyone else. "We'll see a lot of pair teams going back to previous programs, fine tuning them," said James. "They were able to see what works for them, what doesn't work for them, judges feedback and stuff like that. And we're just being thrown into the deep end." Their experience will also have to make up for their lack of competitions together. "We're starting from really far behind," said Radford. "We don't have half the amount of competitions under our belt, not even close." Vanessa James, shown in this 2019 file photo, had formerly competed in pairs skating while representing France, winning six French national titles, a 2019 European title, a 2018 world bronze medal and a fifth-place finish at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.(AFP via Getty Images) Tough international competition But despite the obvious challenges, Moscovitch see's them being able to be competitive. "From my experience just having watched a lot of pairs over the years, when I see them skate I see things gluing very quickly," he said. "I think this is a team that's going to be putting pressure on the teams out there right now." And pressure will have to be applied in droves: the top echelons of the pairs field is a tough one to pierce. The Russian teams are making a push as seen at the 2021 world championships, with first-time seniors Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov taking the title and their teammates taking the third and fourth spots. Then of course there's the world silver medallists Sui Wenjing and Han Cong who are very dominant and looking to take gold in 2022, especially in front of a home crowd. But no one knows the competition or appreciates the challenge ahead more than James and Radford. "We have nothing to lose," said James. "This is something that we can't compare with anything that we've done before. And I think it's an opportunity for us to get back into skating and see what we have to offer to the skating world. "I think there's room for us." And the two are re-energized by experiencing their sport and through a new lens, with Radford likening it to coming home but feeling completely different. "I see an opportunity to express myself with my skating in a completely different way than I've ever been able to do," he said. "That sort of curiosity and sense of exploration is what intrigues me the most and what makes me excited. "What are our limits? How far can we go? What can we do artistically? What stories can we tell together? How can we explore our chemistry? There's so many unknowns we get to learn in this journey." It's that attitude, on top of all the other checkmarks the pair ticks off, that makes Moscovitch believe they can shake up the pairs event this season. "All the reasons I mentioned paired with what I know about them as people and as athletes, it is a likely possibility they could make it onto the Olympic and world championship teams." What does this mean for Team Canada? But the new team doesn't want to count their lifts before they're scored — although the Beijing Olympics in February 2022 is the goal, they'll have to earn one of Canada's two quota spots in the pairs event. But should they have the great season that's expected from them, their return could shake up the Canadian pairs team and mark the end of a young Olympic dream. Veterans Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro are the top Canadian team right now and their spot in Beijing is relatively safe. But for young skaters Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud, who helped secure Canada's spots and were widely assumed to go to Beijing, James and Radford's return may make that unattainable. "It is a funny situation, there's no way around that," said Radford, who spoke to Walsh and Michaud personally. Marcotte spoke with Moore-Towers and Marinaro. "I just wanted to be very upfront with them because I do care about them and I know this decision could shift our friendship in a way. "I told them I want to go through this season with a team atmosphere, because I'm going to be cheering for them. And I would still love to offer all my expertise to them to help them become the best they can be because I believe in them as skaters and I care about them as friends."
OTTAWA — Two-time world pairs champion Eric Radford is coming out of retirement. The 36-year-old, who won two world figure skating titles and an Olympic bronze medal for Canada in 2018 with Meagan Duhamel, will skate with Vanessa James. The 33-year-old James is from Toronto, but previously competed internationally for France. "I'm looking forward to this new partnership with Vanessa and getting back on the ice and doing what we love," Radford said in a statement. "Vanessa and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Canada this coming season and are looking forward to see what the future holds for our partnership." "Partnering up with Eric is a very exciting career opportunity. I am looking forward to a season full of inspiration, joy and personal growth," James said. "We're both very much looking forward to this new chapter in our lives." Neither skater competed in a 2020-21 season that was all but wiped out by COVID-19. They'll train in Quebec with coach Julie Marcotte and plan to compete next season. Radford also captured Olympic gold in the team event in 2018. He was a seven-time national champion with Duhamel. They announced their retirement in 2018. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 21, 2021. The Canadian Press
With just months to go until Beijing 2022, Team Canada has a new powerhouse figure skating duo that could turn the Olympic pairs event upside down. On Wednesday, two-time world champion and three-time Olympic medallist Eric Radford announced he is coming out of retirement to skate for Canada once again, but this time with new partner Vanessa James, a European champion and world championship medallist who formerly competed for France. The immediate goal is to compete as much as possible. The ultimate goal would be to win an Olympic medal. But a lot must happen between now and January when the pair will get the chance to compete at nationals for one of Canada's two Olympic quota spots. "I know that a lot of people are probably going to ask why," Radford, 36, told CBC Sports from his home in Montreal. "And for me, it's more of a question of why not?" WATCH | Vanessa James, Eric Radford come out of retirement: The idea was sparked last November while the two filmed Battle of the Blades in Toronto. One day during rehearsals they took the ice and did some backward stroking patterns, flying across the rink with more ease than either anticipated. A few weeks later, Radford invited James, 33, to Montreal to try more elements and get a feel for one another. The goal was mostly to have fun but also to see if there was potential for future show-partnerships. "Some of the elements we thought would be the hardest are actually some of our easiest," James said. Eric Radford, top centre, is shown celebrating his 2017 world championships gold medal in pairs with former partner Meagan Duhamel, bottom centre. Radford announced on Wednesday that he will return to competition with a new partner, Vanessa James, who shown with her world championships bronze medal at bottom right.(File/AFP via Getty Images) Their natural chemistry and skill suddenly made returning to competition an obvious option in less than obvious circumstances. But James knows this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and is welcoming the rollercoaster-year ahead. "This has never been done before," she said. "We've seen comebacks with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Aljona Savchenko many times, Tatiana Volosozhar and Max Trenko, but never in the year of an Olympics and never with a completely different partner. "It's not going to be an easy task but we're ready for the challenge." James released from Team France All a pair requires in order to represent a country is at least one skater with citizenship and both skaters with a national passport. Despite growing up all over the globe (Bermuda, the U.S., Britain), James was born in Scarborough, Ont., so her passport was already taken care of. The only potential hurdle was whether James would be released from the French Figure Skating Federation. She competed for the nation for more than a decade, becoming an official citizen in 2009 after pairing with French skater Yannick Bonheur. She'd go on to partner with Morgan Cipres in 2010 and their partnership would last a decade. Along the way, the tandem won six French national titles, a 2019 European title, a 2018 world bronze medal and a fifth-place finish at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Vanessa James, shown in this 2019 file photo, had formerly competed in pairs skating while representing France, winning six French national titles, a 2019 European title, a 2018 world bronze medal and a fifth-place finish at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.(AFP via Getty Images) But 2020 brought an unexpected twist: in September, Cipres suddenly retired from the sport in the midst of sexual abuse allegations. He has since been charged with a felony in his training state of Florida. The situation blindsided James, leaving her without a partner just two years away from Beijing – which she figured would be her final Olympic Games. She had little choice but to retire too. "I thought this is it, I'm done," she said, not thinking about finding a new partner and immediately starting her transition into shows and coaching. "It didn't end the way I wanted it to. "I still felt I had something to give to skating, like unfinished business." The French federation seemed to agree: they released her in a matter of weeks, which is a very quick turnaround for a complicated issue that can sometimes take years to resolve. "They know this is an amazing opportunity for me, for Canada, and that I brought a lot to the federation," James said. "I think they're happy to see me continue even though it's for another flag or for another country. "But France will always be close to my heart." Decision surprised Radford In March, the duo officially began practising as a team. They're based in Montreal and coached by Julie Marcotte and Ian Connolly. They've already chosen music and will choreograph one program with Marcotte and the other with renowned French ice dancer Guillaume Cizeron and Canadian choreographer Samuel Chouinard, who has worked with the likes of Virtue and Moir. "Both Vanessa and I, we really wouldn't have expected this," Radford said. "This has come totally out of left field, and it's something that's just manifested in front of us quite easily without us trying. "If anybody had asked me even five months ago [if I would be back competing], I would've been like, 'no bleeping way.'" James and Radford will debut this August at provincials in Quebec. Then they'll do some senior B competitions, two Grand Prix events and then Canadian nationals next winter, which will be the real Olympic decider. "We don't know what's going to happen on the way, any surprise could come up," James said. "It could be injury, it could be we're not as good as we think we will be. "But it's definitely a goal and dream for us to get to the Olympics and hopefully an Olympic medal." WATCH | Answers to key questions surrounding Tokyo Olympics:
BARCELONA, Spain — Felix Auger-Aliassime has set up a Canadian clash with Denis Shapovalov after a win in the second round of the Barcelona Open. The 10th-seeded Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, downed Italy's Lorenzo Musetti 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at the clay-court event on Wednesday. It sets up a third-round match between the seventh-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., and Auger-Aliassime at the ATP Tour 500 tournament At the top level in the head-to-head series, the two have split four matches. Auger-Aliassime won the only match on clay in 2019 in Madrid. Born one year apart, the 22-year-old Shapovalov and 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime are longtime friends. Shapovalov stayed at Auger-Aliassime family's house for part of his improbable run to the Rogers Cup semifinals in 2017. Against the 87th-ranked Musetti, Auger-Aliassime saved six of eight break points. The Canadian won 75 per cent of points when he got his first serve in, 18 percentage points better than his opponent. Shapovalov beat France's Jeremy Chardy in straight sets in the second round on Tuesday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 21, 2021. The Canadian Press
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A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Wednesday: ENGLAND Amid the fallout from the already defunct Super League, the Premier League continues with two of the proposed rebel clubs, Manchester City and Tottenham, in action. City visits Aston Villa seeking a win to move 11 points clear in first place. Pep Guardiola's team needs a maximum of 11 points from its last six games to win a third league title in four years. Seventh-place Tottenham is at home to Southampton needing a victory to keep alive its realistic top-four hopes and qualification for next season's Champions League. Tottenham is five points behind fourth-place Chelsea. Ryan Mason, a 29-year-old former Tottenham player, takes charge of the team for the first time since temporarily replacing the fired Jose Mourinho. SPAIN Real Madrid visits Cádiz looking to get back in the fight for the title in the Spanish league. The defending champion lost ground after being held at Getafe last weekend. It has a chance to get back within a point of leader Atlético Madrid, which hosts Huesca on Thursday. Third-place Barcelona also plays on Thursday, against Getafe at home. Real Madrid remains depleted by injuries and suspensions, with several players unable to make it to the match against Cádiz. Fourth-place Sevilla also plays on Wednesday, visiting mid-table Levante. ITALY Inter Milan will be confident of maintaining its march to a first league title in more than a decade when it travels to lowly Spezia. Inter is nine points ahead of second-place AC Milan, which hosts Sassuolo. Juventus is four points further back, in fourth, and welcomes relegation-threatened Parma. Bottom-place Crotone hosts Sampdoria knowing that its survival hopes are getting ever fainter. It is 15 points below 17th-place Benevento and Torino, who visit Genoa and Bologna, respectively. Cagliari can boost its hopes of survival with a win at Udinese. GERMANY Wolfsburg is third in the Bundesliga and can take a step closer to guaranteeing a return to the Champions League with a win at Stuttgart. Fifth-place Borussia Dortmund hosts Union Berlin as it bids to climb back into the top four. Borussia Mönchengladbach visits Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen hosts Mainz. Hertha Berlin was scheduled to play Freiburg but the game was postponed after a coronavirus outbreak at Hertha forced the entire team into quarantine for two weeks. FRANCE French Cup winner and record holder Paris Saint-Germain takes on Angers at home for a place in the semifinals. But PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino may decide to rest some key players with a Champions League semifinal against Manchester City looming on the horizon. PSG is looking to win the competition for the 14th time, but there is some stiff competition because Monaco and Lyon are still involved. The five-time Cup winners meet in Lyon for the last remaining quarterfinal. Lyon won its fifth French Cup in 2012 while Monaco’s came 30 years ago and its last final was in 2010, when it lost to PSG. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press