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Vanessa Crone

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Vanessa Crone
Crone and Poirier in 2008.
Personal information
Country representedCanada
Born (1990-10-29) October 29, 1990 (age 28)
Aurora, Ontario
Home townToronto
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Former partnerPaul Poirier
CoachCarol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs, Jon Lane
ChoreographerCarol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs, Christopher Dean
Skating clubScarboro FSC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total178.09
2008 World Juniors
Comp. dance33.71
2008 World Juniors
Original dance57.52
2008 World Juniors
Short dance62.95
2010 Skate Canada
Free dance91.47
2010 Skate Canada

Vanessa Crone (born October 29, 1990) is a Canadian ice dancer. She skated with Paul Poirier from 2001 to 2011, becoming the 2010 Grand Prix Final bronze medallist, 2011 Four Continents bronze medallist, 2008 World Junior silver medallist, and 2011 Canadian national champion.

Personal life

Vanessa Crone was born on October 29, 1990, in Aurora, Ontario.[1] She competed in track and field in addition to figure skating.[2]


Early in her career, Crone also competed in single skating, and pair skating with Poirier.[3] She and Poirier began skating together in May 2001.[4] They won the silver medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships.[5]

Crone and Poirier won silver at 2008 Skate Canada, their first senior Grand Prix event, and placed fourth in their second event.[2] The next season they claimed the bronze at 2009 NHK Trophy. At the 2010 Canadian Championships, they were nominated to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[6] They finished 7th at the 2010 World Championships.

Crone and Poirier began the 2010–2011 season by capturing gold at 2010 Skate Canada International ahead of Sinead Kerr and John Kerr who had a fall in the free dance. At 2010 Skate America, Poirier fell in the free dance but their score was enough for the silver behind Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of whom fell, and ahead of Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani with no falls. Their results qualified them for the 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final where they won the bronze medal. They finished 10th at the 2011 World Championships.

On June 2, 2011, Crone and Poirier announced the end of their ten-year partnership.[7] Crone confirmed she would like to continue competing and was looking for a new partner.[8][9]

In 2012, Crone teamed up with Danish ice dancer Nikolaj Sorensen, with whom she planned to compete for Canada, but they soon parted ways.[10] In November, Crone said that she was still searching for a partner to continue her competitive career.[11] She teaches skating in the Toronto area, working with both figure skaters and hockey players.[12]


Crone and Poirier in 2011
Crone and Poirier in 2011

(with Poirier)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
  • The Best Things Happen
    While You're Dancing
    by Danny Kaye
Original dance
  • Slow Rag: Solace
    by Scott Joplin
  • Ragtime Two-step: The Entertainer
    by Scott Joplin
  • A Los Amigos
    by A. Pontier and F. Silva
  • Tango

Competitive highlights

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Ice dancing with Poirier

Event 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11
Olympics 14th
Worlds 12th 7th 10th
Four Continents 4th 3rd
GP Final 6th 3rd
GP Bompard 4th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
GP Rostelecom 4th
GP Skate America 2nd
GP Skate Canada 2nd 1st
International: Junior[19]
Junior Worlds 9th 2nd
JGP Final 4th
JGP Andorra 7th
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Norway 3rd
JGP Romania 1st
JGP Taiwan 5th
Canadian Champ. 12th N 1st N 6th J 1st J 4th 2nd 2nd 1st
Levels – N: Novice; J: Junior

Single skating

Event 2007–08
Canadian Championships 13th J
J: Junior level


  1. ^ a b "Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (February 15, 2009). "Crone and Poirier Feel Up to Pre-Olympic Challenges". GoldenSkate.
  3. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (May 17, 2008). "Passionate Performances Propel Poirier and Crone". GoldenSkate.
  4. ^ a b c "Vanessa Crone / Paul Poirier: 2008/2009". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on May 22, 2009.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  5. ^ Hoyt, Melanie (July 2008). "Vanessa Crone & Paul Poirier". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  6. ^ "More Olympic team members named in London". Skate Canada. January 18, 2010. Archived from the original on July 31, 2010.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  7. ^ "Crone, Poirier announce end of partnership". Skate Canada. Ice Network. June 2, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  8. ^ Cudmore, John (June 24, 2011). "Ice dancer Crone seeks new partner". Archived from the original on May 7, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  9. ^ Kwong, PJ (June 21, 2011). "Catching Up With....Vanessa Crone". Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  10. ^ Tone, Florentina (March 28, 2017). "Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen: "We're in it for the long haul"".
  11. ^ Im, Grace (November 2, 2012). "Olympian Vanessa Crone looking for a new partner". Toronto Observer.
  12. ^ Elfman, Lois (September 1, 2016). "From toe picks to pucks, Crone thrives in coaching".
  13. ^ Walker, Elvin (November 28, 2010). "Crone and Poirier evolve into contenders". GoldenSkate.
  14. ^ "Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 30, 2010.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  15. ^ "Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  16. ^ "Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 12, 2008.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  17. ^ Mittan, Barry (September 9, 2007). "Crone and Poirier Continue Golden Ways". Skate Today.
  18. ^ "Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 5, 2007.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  19. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 27, 2012.


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