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kwanfan1818
05-08-2012, 05:48 PM
That's good. At times I worried about her being too thin.

There were times she looked like she could be broken in half like a twig, but I was also surprised to find that she, like Pang, doesn't gain an ounce from the TV camera: what you see on TV is what she looks like close up.

analia
05-08-2012, 08:28 PM
Hmmm.. That's a bad news for me. :(

BTW, I heard that they're a couple.
NO??? :confused:

Never. I believe the Zhangs have always had a difficult time getting along off ice. Kind of like M/T.

Jenny81
05-09-2012, 05:13 PM
Never. I believe the Zhangs have always had a difficult time getting along off ice. Kind of like M/T.

Oh, I see.
Thank you for your reply. :)

Ziggy
05-11-2012, 12:18 AM
But either way, the guy has to be able to hoist 105 pounds in the air and 105 pounds doesn't weigh more if the gal is shorter. It's still 105 pounds.!

It's not just about the weight, a taller girl is much more difficult to handle because of balancing issues.

MacMadame
05-11-2012, 03:16 AM
I guess I can't take the contention seriously because I find it hard to believe that Dan grew significantly in her mid-20s. (Even if she was born in 87 and not 85, that still makes her 25. That's kind of old for a growth spurt.)

RobinA
05-11-2012, 04:48 PM
But despite the previous post, I am not convinced that she has grown any taller.
And, at the risk of inciting :lynch:, I will also say that excess weight is not a problem that Dan Zhang has ever appeared to have.

Gotta agree on this one. The problem with her height is that she was too tall for her weight :scream: Maybe she retired because she wanted a meal. Or an attempt at healthy adulthood.

pinky166
05-11-2012, 06:43 PM
I guess I can't take the contention seriously because I find it hard to believe that Dan grew significantly in her mid-20s. (Even if she was born in 87 and not 85, that still makes her 25. That's kind of old for a growth spurt.)

If she was taking some kind of hormone to put off her growth until later though, or wasn't eating enough to support vertical growth until recently, then growing during your mid-20s could be feasible. Mao Asada is almost 22 and some fans speculate that she's still growing, or at least that she's grown since the 2010 Olympics (when she was almost 20). I don't know if it's true, but she's around the same age, it's not that crazy to think about. I have friends in college who have grown an inch or so since starting college.

Ziggy
05-12-2012, 12:08 AM
I guess I can't take the contention seriously because I find it hard to believe that Dan grew significantly in her mid-20s. (Even if she was born in 87 and not 85, that still makes her 25. That's kind of old for a growth spurt.)

People can grow until they are 25 (more or less), IIRC.

MacMadame
05-12-2012, 02:45 AM
Well I continued to grow in college myself. But my total growth over that 4 year period was ... an inch!

I think it's unlikely that would have ruined any pairs career I might have had. :lol:

kwanfan1818
05-12-2012, 02:48 AM
If she was undernourished before, and she was actually fed while she was injured, she might have grown more than the average person in the last few years.

blue_idealist
05-13-2012, 04:28 AM
If she was undernourished before, and she was actually fed while she was injured, she might have grown more than the average person in the last few years.

Yes, that's one of the things I was thinking and I think she definitely was undernourished from like 2006-2010.

Sylvia
05-14-2012, 01:56 PM
Copied over from the Pairs/Dance splits thread:

Zhang Yue/Wang Lei has also been rumoured to split. Yao Bin said there may be a big shuffle in the pairs.

They won a couple of JGP and JGPF medals and placed 9th at the last 2 4CCs.
A poster at Golden Skate did not include source links but mentioned Zhang/Wang have split (she retired, he reportedly is having tryouts) and that Huibo Dong/Yiming Wu (http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00010574.htm) (#21 in the ISU World Standings) have also split (he retired, she may retire?): http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?36989-Trying-to-Figure-out-the-GP-PAIRS&p=642863&viewfull=1#post642863
Can anyone confirm?

feraina
05-14-2012, 05:45 PM
A poster at Golden Skate did not include source links but mentioned Zhang/Wang have split (she retired, he reportedly is having tryouts) and that Huibo Dong/Yiming Wu (http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00010574.htm) (#21 in the ISU World Standings) have also split (he retired, she may retire?): http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?36989-Trying-to-Figure-out-the-GP-PAIRS&p=642863&viewfull=1#post642863
Can anyone confirm?

According to this article:

The last paragraph translates to:
"Besides Hao Zhang, Zhang/Wang may also split. Right now there is a tryout with a few different female skaters. Some teams in the national team maybe have to be reorganized. There is no choice. It's all for Sochi, 2014, " said coach Bin Yao.

There's also a set of photos of Lei Wang and Xuehan Wang skating together here:
http://www.sportsphoto.cn/pictures.do?id=48642

Xuehan Wang is a junior female single skater who seemed really promising when she first burst onto the national scene, because she had amazing presentation skills and 3T & 3S (unreliable) at 9 or something. But now she's 13 (12?), she still has only an inconsistent 3T and 3S.

Today there are rumors on the Chinese forums that Lei Wang is no longer trying out with Xuehan Wang, but rather with Xiaoxue Chen, part of a junior pair trained by Bo Luan (coach of Sui/Han & Yu/Jin):
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/UMijpRtGjmo/?resourceId=0_06_02_99?fr=2

I have seen no official announcement of Dong/Wu splitting, but it's probably true. Rumors on the Chinese forums sooner or later turn out to be true (it's a very small community). There may not be any official announcement, since they are not a high-ranking couple. It is said that she wants to continue but tryout with Hao Zhang didn't work out (too bad!), and there are no other potential male partners around. I suppose she could wait around to see if anyone else splits up in another year, but I think if she leaves the national team (as she has to now without a partner), she probably wouldn't be able to get any ice time or a decent coach to keep up with her skills. She has a pretty comprehensive set of skills including a good 3T. I don't know how likely she could attract a partner from abroad. Probably not very... :(

jlai
06-02-2012, 10:43 PM
http://sports.sina.com.cn/o/2012-05-31/23206082627.shtml

A minor injury is keeping Peng from doing harder moves and she was seen shedding tears after practice (ETA: frustrated with the practice )

jlai
06-13-2012, 03:24 AM
Another article: http://sports.sina.com.cn/o/2012-06-12/09296096585.shtml

They have a short program but no lp yet. She still has to catch up with Zhang on some elements, like 后外螺旋线 (outside death spiral?)