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James and Cipres claim Vancouver title

James and Cipres claim Vancouver title
By Sportsbeat

09/12/2018 at 13:35Updated 09/12/2018 at 13:37

Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres produced a mesmerising performance to take pairs victory at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Vancouver.

The France pair skated to 'Wicked Game' and 'The Last Feeling' in their free skate as they came from behind and improved their season's best with a score 148.37 points, for a total of 219.88.

"I could not be happier than I am right now. I feel like we've only been doing comebacks lately. It feels good," James said

"The score could be amazing and the experience could be amazing, but we really need to work on the short program.

"I'm very proud that after such a disappointment yesterday, that we could bring it strong home."

Figure Skating GP Finals : Free dance -Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES full dance

Figure Skating GP Finals : Free dance -Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES full danceEurosport

Overnight leaders following the short program – China's Cheng Peng and Yang Jin – finished second after accruing 141.21 points in the free skate for a total of 216.90, while Russia's Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov settled for bronze.

In the ice dance competition, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue became just the second American pair to win the Grand Prix Final.

They finished ahead of Russia's Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov, while Italy's Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri finished third.

Hubbell said: "Going into this event, Zach and I had a goal to put 100 percent into our performance and not be afraid of losing some technical levels and that's what we did in both programs."