Okay this is not skating but thought fans of the retired Olympic Champion pair might enjoy it.
S& Z recently 'competed' as contestant no.5 on a Chinese television Dancing competition called 舞林大会 (I guess similar to UK's Strictly Come Dancing?). They performed 'Love' - a contemporary dance program to live audiences and 3 critical dance judges. I have never seen this show myself but the news were featured on the Chinese Skating Forum China-Ice.org so I took a look
Funny comments from the judges which I will pick a few to translate:
1st Judge (Cool sophisticated looking female) "I have never been soft spoken with people. S&Z, you guys should withdraw! (laughs)
Some show biz contestants came to compete, some came to perform, you belong to neither. What are you, did you come for a demonstration/protest to us three judges?!"
2nd judge (Artsy almost bold guy with crazy orange bow tie) "If we have a bit more time, I reckon you would have a real chance to win at Blackpool. Our suggestion... today's winner has already been decided. If you intend to take part in the final, our competition is pretty much done, so please do not compete, let's stop here."
3rd judge (Cute drag queen/transgender? Go China!) were able to find faults on Shen Xue (Ha of course he would!!), said the outfit didn't flatter her on the stationary stage even though it may look good fluttering in motion on ice, and that at one point she reacted too fast to the music, way before Zhao were able to cause the reaction as part of the choreography. "Maybe during skating judges can't see it, but on the stage I saw it."
2nd judge defended Xue saying actually he picked the outfit on the same day she arrived to the competition, so it is not her fault.
I have no idea if this is a publicity stunt, but certainly it worked since I am writing about it. It is really unusual to see Olympic champion pairs skaters perform without their skates (Yeah ok there's Lysacek, Yamaguchi but they are singles), and the pair's chemistry is simply unparalleled. (yeah pun intended )