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    I hope she does singles, even if only for a year.

    And I'm calling bullshit on her growing at age "24."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coco View Post
    And I'm calling bullshit on her growing at age "24."
    Seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julieann View Post
    I wouldn't worry about it, the Zhangs didn't hit that combo enough times to make it worth it anyway
    They hit it when it counted in 2006.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coco View Post
    And I'm calling bullshit on her growing at age "24."
    They've been competing internationally since 1999, including JGP medals in 1999.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Dan
    You can go watch old youtube videos to check what she looked like then.

    How old do you think she is now? Do you think she was eight or ten back in 1999?!

    Obviously she's bit of an anomaly to be still growing in height into her 20's, though athletes in general have later growth spurts than non-athletes. Is this harder to believe than that she was winning JGP's at 10 (though looked 13-14)? I guess it's up to you what you want to believe in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateboy View Post
    They hit it when it counted in 2006.
    I didn't say they couldn't do one...that element was not there most consistent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ioana View Post
    Peng seems to have good SBS jumps of her own based on the youtube videos I've seen. No 2axel-3toe, but solid 3toe and a 2axel are a good building block.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umoivWFqGCU
    She seems very decent!

    Thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coco View Post
    And I'm calling bullshit on her growing at age "24."
    I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking that.

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    Oh this would be so disappointing. They worked so hard to come back from injuries and he still seemed troubled by his shoulder as well. I have always enjoyed their power.

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    It's rumored that multiple tryouts happened
    and TPTB pretty much decided on Peng Cheng...

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    How tall is Peng Cheng? She has all the goodies to be successfull with him, but she needs dance classes so bad. She does not finish her moves.

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    I cant believe they split up a young team just to keep a has been who should retire now in the fold. This is the Chinese Master plan to returning to the top in pairs, ROTFL!!! My prediction of the Chinese pairs becoming irrelevant again is looking more and more likely all time.

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    I am weary of the lack of appreciation for athletes who choose to continue competing when their results show decline. It is lazy to only think of a great career as one that caps off at its peak. To continue onwards is scary, challenging, painful, and there follows a colourful, fulfilling, empowering experience, that might not necessarily translate to medals. Let's open our minds to think that sport can be beyond the podium, especially one like figure skating with its special creative and expressive potentials. Kudos to skaters who choose to stay on when there are hungry, faster, fresher youngins nipping at the heels, kudos to these athletes who feel they have a little more to explore, and to give.

    Has beens? Irrelevant? A country of billions, with a massive talent pool, with a hunger for National glory, no lack of funding, and no fear of working hard...irrelevant. Hmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jl22aries View Post
    I am weary of the lack of appreciation for athletes who choose to continue competing when their results show decline. It is lazy to only think of a great career as one that caps off at its peak. To continue onwards is scary, challenging, painful, and there follows a colourful, fulfilling, empowering experience, that might not necessarily translate to medals. Let's open our minds to think that sport can be beyond the podium, especially one like figure skating with its special creative and expressive potentials. Kudos to skaters who choose to stay on when there are hungry, faster, fresher youngins nipping at the heels, kudos to these athletes who feel they have a little more to explore, and to give.
    This!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jl22aries View Post

    Has beens? Irrelevant? A country of billions, with a massive talent pool, with a hunger for National glory, no lack of funding, and no fear of working hard...irrelevant. Hmm.
    This!

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    This makes me so sad I had grown to like the Zhangs more over the years and was really rooting for them. I hope Dan will be able to continue a skating career of some sort if she wants to.
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    If older skaters want to skate fine, but it is silly to break up a young partnership to cater to an older skater whose best was many years ago, and who has injuries now. Also whether either of the Zhangs even want to skate at this point is doubtful at best. It seems the general consensus is the Chinese federation often forces their older competitors to keep going. As it is clear all their top pairs of the last 15 years have pretty much used up all their potential, and many are struggling just to stay afloat now, they should be focusing much more on the younger pairs, rather than desperately working to salvage the old guard. If the old ones want to go on (and are not being pushed into it) then fine, but dont cater to them and make them the focal point. If that is their approach they can prepare for a long medal drought in pairs, the one I suggested might happen a few months ago.

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    Peng Cheng has quite a partner hopping career of her own. She was skating with Han Cong for a brief while before she outgrew him. At the end of the day, this girl is 17 and has practically zero junior success and won't (her partner's running out of junior eligibility) and you can't blame her for not having the patience anymore.

    That being said, Peng's partner Zhang Tianci is actually very talented, with more potential than Zhang Hao. Hopefully he can find a partner with better artistry than Peng Cheng. The girl can jump and do skills, but needs a lot of maturity lessons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coco View Post

    And I'm calling bullshit on her growing at age "24."
    I grew up until I was 21.
    (1.78m at 18, 1.80 at 21...)

    I do find a major growth spurt at that age unlikely too, but she could have grown a couple of centimeters...
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    Quote Originally Posted by beepbeep View Post
    I grew up until I was 21.
    I grew 2.5 cm when I was 30.

    Any kind of growth after 21 is unusual, whether it occurs at 24, 26, or 28. I don't think one can deduce anything from Dan Zhang growing at 25.

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    Was she maybe on hormone pills that stunted her growth until a late age on purpose?

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