Bellflower's Vanessa Lam wins Junior Grand Prix figure skating event
Congratulations to 15-year-old Vanessa Lam of Bellflower, who won the women's title at the Junior Grand Prix figure skating event held this weekend in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Competing in a field of 32, the sophomore honors student at Downey High compiled 156.41 points for her short and long programs. She edged Risa Shoji of Japan, who had 155.23 points.
Lam trains at Anaheim Ice and Westminster Ice, which are part of the Ducks' rink development program. She's coached by Dianne DeLeeuw -- the 1976 Olympic figure skating silver medalist -- and Doug Chapman. She finished eighth in the U.S. junior championships last season after winning the Southwest Pacific regional title.
-- Helene Elliott