Shortly after the USA women's gymnastics team won Olympic gold in 1996, there was a special USA vs. the World competition on television, which featured all 7 of the original team members. Vanessa came along as an alternate, and when Shannon Miller could not perform her floor exercise near the end, Vanessa came out and delivered a solid routine to help the United States win the event.
Vanessa starred in a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercial in 1998.
Vanessa was the main stunt double for the Lifetime movie Little Girls in Pretty Boxes (1997).
Vanessa was the Co-National Gymnastics Champion in 1997 with Kristy Powell.
At one point in her career Vanessa trained with 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzcher.
Vanessa's least favorite, and most difficult, event is uneven bars. In fact, she rarely made it all the way through one of her routines without a fall or other serious mistake.
Vanessa's favorite show is I Love Lucy.