Yannick Bonheur

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Yannick Bonheur
European 2011 Adeline CANAC Yannick BONHEUR 2.jpg
Canac and Bonheur at the 2011 Europeans.
Personal information
Country represented France
Born (1982-05-18) 18 May 1982 (age 33)
Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Home town Chavilly
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Former partner Adeline Canac
Vanessa James
Marylin Pla
Lucie Stadelman
Former coach Sergei Zaitsev
Vivien Rolland
Karl Kurtz
Jean-Rolland Racle
Former choreographer Dominique Molina
Sergei Zaitsev
Olivia Candeloro
Skating club Francais Volants de Paris
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 151.28
2010 Europeans
Short program 52.04
2010 Europeans
Free skate 99.24
2010 Europeans

Yannick Bonheur (born 18 May 1982) is a French pair skater. He is a five-time French National Champion with three different partners: Marylin Pla, Vanessa James, and Adeline Canac.


Partnership with Marylin Pla[edit]

Bonheur competed with Marylin Pla from 2002 until 2007. They won the French National Championships three times and placed 14th at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In the 2006–2007 season, they missed the Grand Prix series as a result of Bonheur's hand injury, which occurred while practicing the triple twist and led to surgery.[1]

Partnership with Vanessa James[edit]

Bonheur teamed up with British skater Vanessa James in December 2007.[2] They began competing together internationally in 2008. James / Bonheur made their Grand Prix debut at the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard, where they placed 7th. They placed 10th at the 2009 European Figure Skating Championships and 12th at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. In the 2009–2010 season, they placed 6th at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, 8th at the 2009 Cup of China, and 8th at the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard. At the 2010 French Figure Skating Championships, they placed second in the short program and won the free skating to win the title overall. As a result, they were sent to both the Olympics and Worlds, where they finished 14th and 12th, respectively. James and Bonheur were the first black pair to compete at the Olympics.[3] They ended their partnership following the 2009–2010 season.

Partnership with Adeline Canac[edit]

Bonheur teamed up with Adeline Canac in spring 2010.[4] Canac and Bonheur's first competition together was the 2010 Master's de Patinage, which they won. They went on to win bronze at the 2010 NRW Trophy and claimed their first national title together in December 2010. They then finished 9th at their first Europeans together and 18th at Worlds. In July 2011, it was reported that Canac and Bonheur had split.[4][5]


With Canac[edit]

Season Short program Free skating

With James[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • Romeo and Juliet

With Pla[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • Mille et Une Nuits

With Stadelman[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • Que Je T'aime
    by Johnny Hallyday
  • Le Phantom de Louvre
    by Bruno Coulais

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Adeline Canac[edit]

Event 2010–2011
Worlds 18th
Europeans 9th
Ice Challenge 5th
NRW Trophy 3rd
French Champ. 1st
Master's 1st

With Vanessa James[edit]

James and Bonheur at the 2010 Europeans
Event 2008–2009 2009–2010
Olympics 14th
Worlds 12th 12th
Europeans 10th 7th
GP Bompard 7th 8th
GP Cup of China 8th
Nebelhorn 6th
French Champ. WD 1st
Master's 2nd
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

With Marylin Pla[edit]

Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Olympics 14th
Worlds 13th 13th 14th
Europeans 8th 7th 6th 8th
GP Bompard 8th 7th 9th
GP Cup of China 8th
GP Skate America 10th 8th
Karl Schäfer 4th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 14th
JGP Canada 7th
JGP China 6th
EYOF 5th
French Champ. 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix

With Lucie Stadelman[edit]

Event 2001–2002
JGP Sweden 5th
French Championships 3rd
JGP = Junior Grand Prix


  1. ^ a b c "Marylin PLA / Yannick BONHEUR: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 August 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Vanessa JAMES / Yannick BONHEUR: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Jones, Jeff (February 16, 2010). "First black Olympic pair electrify crowd". Reuters. 
  4. ^ a b "Canac-Bonheur : c'est fini" [Canac-Bonheur: It's Over]. L'Équipe (in French). July 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (October 10, 2011). "France's finest turn out for French Masters". Ice Network. 
  6. ^ "Adeline CANAC / Yannick BONHEUR: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Vanessa JAMES / Yannick BONHEUR: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Marylin PLA / Yannick BONHEUR: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 31 August 2006. 
  9. ^ a b "Marylin PLA / Yannick BONHEUR: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 7 February 2005. 
  10. ^ a b "Marylin PLA / Yannick BONHEUR: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 April 2004. 
  11. ^ a b "Lucie STADELMAN / Yannick BONHEUR: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 November 2003. 
  12. ^ "Competition Results: Adeline CANAC / Yannick BONHEUR". International Skating Union. 
  13. ^ "Competition Results: Vanessa JAMES / Yannick BONHEUR". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. 

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