|Pan American Games|
|Gold||2007 Rio de Janeiro||+78 kg|
|Pan American Judo Championships|
|Silver||2005 Caguas||+78 kg|
|Silver||2009 Buenos Aires||Openweight|
|Silver||2010 San Salvador||+78 kg|
|Silver||2010 San Salvador||Openweight|
|Silver||2011 Guadalajara||+78 kg|
|Bronze||2007 Montreal||+78 kg|
|Bronze||2008 Miami||+78 kg|
|Bronze||2009 Buenos Aires||+78 kg|
|Central American and Caribbean Games|
|Bronze||2006 Cartagena||+78 kg|
Early and personal life
Vanessa was born in Parral, Chihuahua. She lives in Mexico City and trains judo in CONADE. Her biggest motivation in her life is her family. She says that they are something like batteries for her. She studied Sports Administration at Universidad del Valle de México and got a degree.
During 2003 Pan American Games she suffered an injury in the right shoulder. The injury did not look serious and she competed with it until summer of 2005, when the pain became unsufferable. A few weeks before 2005 World Judo Championships in Cairo, she underwent surgery and spent a year recovering.
After the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens she changed her trainer, now working with Brazilian Amadeus Díaz de Moura. She can always surprise because her category is a little erratic. Her biggest advantage is her size and experience.
In the 2004 Olympic Games she won her first match against Tsvetana Bozhilova from Bulgaria, but lost the second match against Barbara Andolina from Italy. The Italian competitor lost her next match, so Vanessa could not start in repêchage.
In the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing she was a medal hope for Mexico as winner of Pan American Games from the previous year, but in her second match she bumped with Olympic champion from Athens Maki Tsukada. She lost this match and finally took 9th place.
|2004||Olympic Games||AC||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
|2005||Pan American Judo Championships||2nd||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
|2005||Pan American Judo Championships||3rd||Openweight|
|2007||Pan American Judo Championships||3rd||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
|2007||Pan American Games||1st||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
|2007||World Judo Championships||AC||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
|2008||Pan American Judo Championships||3rd||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
|2008||Olympic Games||9th||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
|2009||Pan American Judo Championships||3rd||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
|2009||Pan American Judo Championships||2nd||Openweight|
|2009||World Judo Championships||7th||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
|2010||Pan American Judo Championships||2nd||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
|2010||Pan American Judo Championships||2nd||Openweight|
|2011||Pan American Judo Championships||2nd||Heavyweight (+78 kg)|
- colombia.com (2006-07-26). "Judo: Cuba ganó cuatro medallas de oro y se afianza" (in Spanish). EFE. Retrieved 2012-08-18.