The new Canadian pair’s partnership of Vanessa James and Eric Radford made its international debut on Thursday and earned a satisfying second place in the short program at the Autumn Classic International figure skating competition, the second stop on the ISU Challenger Series.
This past April, two-time world champion and three-time Olympic medalist Eric Radford announced he was coming out of retirement to skate for Canada once again, but this time with new partner Vanessa James, a European champion and world championship medalist who formerly competed for France.
Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan are in first place after Thursday’s short with 72.32 points, James and Radford follow at 68.29 and Ashley Cain Gribble and Timothy Leduc of the USA are third at 59.58.
2021 Autumn Classic International Pairs - Short Program Results
72.32 Riku MIURA / Ryuichi KIHARA - JPN
68.29 Vanessa JAMES / Eric RADFORD - CAN
59.58 Ashley CAIN-GRIBBLE / Timothy LEDUC - USA
57.83 Deanna STELLATO-DUDEK / Maxime DESCHAMPS - CAN
56.60 Katie MCBEATH / Nathan BARTHOLOMAY - USA
53.39 Jessica PFUND / Joshua SANTILLAN - SUI
51.17 Lori-Ann MATTE / Thierry FERLAND - CAN
WD Chloe CHOINARD / Livio MAYR - AUT