More importantly, He Zhang needs a bigger 2A. With the size of his 2A I don't see a 3A coming any time soon.
That said, I LOOOOVE Zhang anyway
it's funny that we really have someone named He Zhang. Cause before, we always call the male partner of Z/Z "He Zhang" haha. I still think we're talking about Hao Zhang when i see He Zhang sometimes. lol
IMO it's only a matter of time before China becomes a force in singles too. The Chinese government seems willing to support their athletes financially. Pairs was just the first step for them. Even in the past the Chinese men have been good jumpers. They will focus on developing presentations too.
Just saw Han Yan's Junior World's win - impressive!! The 3A and quads were beautiful, brought to mind the hight and trajectory of Yagudin.
I think we're now at the point where you can see a big shift in the right direction.
Both Han Yan and He Zhang have quite good basics and are not just jumpers, which shows that Chinese coaches finally started to work on the whole package.
Shine - I do hope that Boyang Jin is sent to two JGP events (can't understand why he wasn't sent this season) and that Han Yan does 4CC and Senior Worlds.
Hopefully Nan Song will manage to secure two spots for China for next year.
Speaking of Chinese skaters...how are the pairs teams from Chen Lu and Denis Petrov's group doing?
JGP Riga-1st, $3K
JGP Insbruck-1st, $3K
Four Continents-1st, $22.5K
Jr. Worlds-1st, $15K
The World Championships Preview isn't out with the list of prize money for 2012. In 2011, money was awarded to teams in 1st-12th place, from $67.5K to $3K. It's unlikely that if S/H are sent, they won't earn some cash.
They could send Han to compete at JGP, but then 4C's and Worlds instead of Jr. Worlds.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
Love his grandfather"The coach said I had the talent and just needed professional training," said Yan, whose grandfather is a skating enthusiast and made his own skates.
Can't imagine a Chinese skater 10 years ago say that if they could spin as well as heDespite his growing reputation and increasing expectations, Yan said he has a long way to go to catch up with the world's best skaters.
"I feel there is still a considerable gap between myself and the senior masters. I am confident with my jumps and sliding on the international stage, but I need to improve my performing and spins," said Yan, who was not satisfied with his spins during the short program at the worlds.
Expect good things from him everyone! This boy has his eyes set in the right places! How wonderful it is to have a perfect combination of talent, hard work, a honest and down to earth attitude, and great aspirations.Yan said his favorite skater is Canadian Patrick Chan and he hopes one day to have the chance to perform programs by Canadian figure skating choreographer Lori Nichol, who works with Chan and several Chinese pairs, including Vancouver Olympic champions Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo.
Yes, Han Yan does appear to be absolutely amazing on and off the ice.
I was just going over Chinese skating news, and one recent article said Li Chengjiang actually had to give up his lucrative position at his old club to teach the national team which only offers a meager salary (only several thousand instead of 10 thousand or more at the old club)
All for the purpose of building a good national Chinese team
Sorry for slight OT, this is a news article about Huang XinTong
She said she is aiming at top ten at worlds next year with her partner. She said one big obstacle is the shyness of Chinese teams and the inability to project the dance themes effectively. She said her partner doesn't talk much
Boyang Jin got second in Qiqihar this month at a national competition. He landed a quad with +2 GOE in the free and a tes of 78
It will be interesting to see him on the JGP next season!