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Sylvia
05-06-2012, 02:40 PM
Re-posting this news from the Trash Can thread (http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=83499) since this Chinese article confirms the new pairing:

It has been confirmed. Dan Zhang has retired and Hao Zhang will continue pair skating with Peng Cheng.

http://sports.sina.com.cn/o/2012-05-06/20196051098.shtml
Videos of Cheng PENG skating with her former partner, Tianci ZHANG (coached by Bo Luan) at the Chinese Winter National Games in January 2012 where they placed 6th in Senior Pairs behind Pang/Tong, Zhang/Zhang, Sui/Han, Yu/Jin and Dong/Wu:
SP (48.90): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJpOcbFdthQ
FS (96.84): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umoivWFqGCU

ETA: The Chinese article says Peng is 16 and her age is given as 17 in the Trash Can thread.

Jeschke
05-06-2012, 02:58 PM
oh no, i really liked especially her on ice.

so sad to see her ending her career like that :(

ice9
05-06-2012, 03:03 PM
I know the Zhangs are not a popular team among here but I've always had a soft spot for them. They are incredibly athletic and have a somewhat cute presence on ice. I will miss them. :(

Looking forward to seeing Hao and the new partner, and wishing Dan good luck on her future endeavors! :)

RunnersHigh
05-06-2012, 03:06 PM
So, sorry! :(

jjane45
05-06-2012, 03:26 PM
ETA: The Chinese article says Peng is 16 and her age is given as 17 in the Trash Can thread.

her birthday is listed as 4/23/1995 by one online source, just turned 17 about two weeks ago?

For some reasons sina articles did not open for me, here is another site's report:

http://news.sports.cn/figureskating/2012-05-06/5961.html

http://news.sports.cn/figureskating/2012-05-06/5962.html

jlai
05-06-2012, 03:29 PM
An interview with Zhang Dan here:
http://sports.sina.com.cn/o/2012-05-06/20216051097.shtml

She attributed the retirement to her height, and she plans to pursue her studies in Beijing

luCN
05-06-2012, 03:48 PM
I heard the rumour several days ago,but ……ok,now it's real.wish them good luck.

ice9
05-06-2012, 04:02 PM
Videos of Cheng PENG skating with her former partner, Tianci ZHANG (coached by Bo Luan) at the Chinese Winter National Games in January 2012 where they placed 6th in Senior Pairs behind Pang/Tong, Zhang/Zhang, Sui/Han, Yu/Jin and Dong/Wu:
SP (48.90): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJpOcbFdthQ
FS (96.84): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umoivWFqGCU

Thanks for the link! Their costumes look awfully familiar. :lol: Mao and Brian skating pairs? And Plushy skating to his Vancouver LP music in his St. Petersburg 300 costume? Priceless. :rofl:

I wonder who the new pairs' coach will be. Will she move to Bin Yao?

Loves_Shizuka
05-06-2012, 04:05 PM
All the best to Dan Zhang and to Hao/Peng!

Amy03
05-06-2012, 04:16 PM
Thanks for the link! Their costumes look awfully familiar. :lol: Mao and Brian skating pairs? And Plushy skating to his Vancouver LP music in his St. Petersburg 300 costume? Priceless. :rofl:

I wonder who the new pairs' coach will be. Will she move to Bin Yao?

heh it's a really bad copy of Mao Asada's bells of moscow costume, the original is soo much more beautiful and detailed.. anyway great to see young skaters show there admiration...

kittyjake5
05-06-2012, 04:32 PM
I always liked the Zhangs and will miss them skating together. That said, best wishes to Dan and good luck to Z/P!

kwanfan1818
05-06-2012, 04:40 PM
Best of luck to Dan Zhang in her studies and to Zhang/Peng in competition.

Coco
05-06-2012, 04:56 PM
Is there a way to get a fare well message to Dan Zhang?

Zemgirl
05-06-2012, 05:42 PM
Their costumes look awfully familiar. :lol: Mao and Brian skating pairs?
They're even recycling Brian's music! I think it suited him better ;)

Best of luck to the new pair and to Dan Zhang in her off-ice pursuits - she looks fantastic in the interview pic.

blue_idealist
05-06-2012, 06:50 PM
I'm kinda sad about this. I hope Hao Zhang is continuing because he wants to and not just because his federation wants him to.