First Black Ice Skating Duo To Compete In Winter Olympics

- By Bossip Staff

More Black History is being made at the 2010 Winter Olympics. When France sends ice skating pair Yannick Bonheur and Vanessa James to compete it will be the first time in history that a black pair has graced the ice. The crazy part is that while they’re doing their part to change things, a Russian ice dancing pair is experiencing backlash over the lack of racial sensitivity they displayed in a recent competition. Pop the hood to find out what we mean.

Vanessa James, who was born in Canada and raised in England, began skating with Yannick Bonheur in December 2007 after answering an ad he posted looking for a partner. The pair moved to Indianapolis in the United States in August 2009 to train with Russian coach Sergei Zaitsev and last December they paved their way to Vancouver by winning the French nationals. That win also helped James receive French citizenship.

“It’s destiny and I’m very happy about it,” said 27-year-old Bonheur.”There’s the grace and beauty of Vanessa and then my athleticism. And the fact that we’re both black brings a pleasing visual harmony.”

“This is just the beginning. We want to make a name for ourselves so that they’ll remember us for next season,” he said.

“It’s often been remarked that we look different on the ice. So we want to highlight that,” said Bonheur. “We want to climb the ladder to show that black skaters can stand on the podium.”

Bonheur and James finished 7th at Europeans. James previously competed for Britain as a single’s skater. She was the 2006 British national champion and 2007 silver medallist.

Meanwhile there is another team on the ice who have already ruffled a few feathers going into the games. Russian ice dancing champions Oksama Domnina and Maksim Shabalin pissed off more than a few folks in January when they donned brown skin suits, war paint, and eucalyptus leaves to perform an “Aboriginal Song”.

The pair says they meant no harm, they just didn’t want to do another Slavic dance. Fortunately they plan to leave the “skin suits” alone for the Olympics.

SMH at the Russians. Congratulations to Yannick and Vanessa!!!

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  • french black citizen

    hell yeah

  • SMDH

    First n God is wonderful for i have conquered this first shit…….. Good luck to both of them

  • tg

    LMAO – Cheez – I’m sure the Russian couple meant no harm. When in ROME – do as the Roman’s do. LOL
    Good Luck to James and Bonheur.

  • Pookie

    They look so gracious together…hope they perform to the best of their abilities (even win, but i doubt it with some the racist judges)

  • yuna001

    If you are looking for a partner based on lifestyle and physical chemistry as well as personal beliefs and common interests, you may check

  • Pookie

    LMAO those crazy Russian didnt mean no harm, they look ridiculous tho…hilarious!

  • Sean

    Wassup Pookie?

  • Dilla

    How nice to see some black positivity.

  • real black is chocolate f'ck fake azz bullsh't!!!! real nikka aka Gmen

    as black men i hate this b’tch azz kind of sports but they truly first real dark-skinned Black Ice-Skating Duo and I’m proud for them!

    black ppl wake up mathaf’cka

    if you want to be mixed or light-skinned you not black anymore stay and be proud to be dark-skinned like real black ppl!!

    dont be white stop doing mixed and light-skinned kids!

    white race is weak and ugly!

    black race is strong chocolate/dark and beautiful!

    real black is chocolate
    real black is dark
    black is beautiful!

    black powe

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  • pm

    nobody tryin to see “Roots on ice”

  • Cookie B.

    This, is a great look for us.

  • kna80

    Yea…Black People!!!!

  • chaka1

    Good luck to them!!!!

  • Somali Ninga

    i’m boycotting the olympics however i want some niggªs to win!!!

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    Does anyone know when they will perform, date & time ?

  • Purple People

    Look at those titays (In Dave Chapelle’s voice)

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  • Soul Touch

    We’re doing great things.

    This Olympics we’re breaking down barriers from this pair to Jamaican skier Errol Kerr.

  • lt

    congrats to the black skaters, this is awesome!

  • me

    Wear a better bra young lady……..I don’t see any other skaters out there with their boobs on front street. NOT a good look

  • jamie

    i guess everything black or brown is racist now. Get a life m u t h e r f u c k e r s !!

  • jamie

    nice breastasess!!

  • rollo t.

    The reality is that there are a number of black folks who have been involved in ice skating…Tai Babilonia, Surya Bonaly, Debi thomas, Mabel Fairbanks, Richard Ewell, Michelle McCaddie… Gee whiz black folks, take the time to learn your history! We’ve been there done and continue to do that!

  • always knew

    I hope they win!!!… 🙂

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