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    Dan ZHANG has retired; Hao ZHANG and Cheng PENG are a new Chinese pair

    Re-posting this news from the Trash Can thread since this Chinese article confirms the new pairing:
    Quote Originally Posted by meimei View Post
    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-...96051098.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.
    Last edited by Sylvia; 05-06-2012 at 03:00 PM.
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    oh no, i really liked especially her on ice.

    so sad to see her ending her career like that

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    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!

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    So, sorry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    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/...5-06/5961.html

    http://news.sports.cn/figureskating/...5-06/5962.html
    Last edited by jjane45; 05-06-2012 at 03:36 PM.

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    An interview with Zhang Dan here:
    http://sports.sina.com.cn/o/2012-05-...16051097.shtml

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

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    I heard the rumour several days ago,but ……ok,now it's real.wish them good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    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. Mao and Brian skating pairs? And Plushy skating to his Vancouver LP music in his St. Petersburg 300 costume? Priceless.

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

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    All the best to Dan Zhang and to Hao/Peng!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice9 View Post
    Thanks for the link! Their costumes look awfully familiar. Mao and Brian skating pairs? And Plushy skating to his Vancouver LP music in his St. Petersburg 300 costume? Priceless.

    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...

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    I always liked the Zhangs and will miss them skating together. That said, best wishes to Dan and good luck to Z/P!

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    Best of luck to Dan Zhang in her studies and to Zhang/Peng in competition.
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    Is there a way to get a fare well message to Dan Zhang?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ice9 View Post
    Their costumes look awfully familiar. 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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    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
    Many thanks for the links, Sylvia!

    She's got some wonderful qualities, like the blurred rotation in the twist (SP), clear, clean positions in the spins, and lovely arch in her back in the death spiral. She also showed more personality in that snooze of a FS than Dan Zhang did in most of her career.

    Were Peng/Zhang a Luan Bo pair?

    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    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.
    He has a real personality and showed a good dance quality in exhibitions that was not used very much in his competitive programs with Dan Zhang. She has spark and personality, and I hope Bin Yao doesn't try to stomp on it: they have the potential to be memorable if they get some choreography that let them be expressive.

    If he's pressured to be in it, I hope this new pairing at least gives him reason to want to continue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    He has a real personality and showed a good dance quality in exhibitions that was not used very much in his competitive programs with Dan Zhang. She has spark and personality, and I hope Bin Yao doesn't try to stomp on it: they have the potential to be memorable if they get some choreography that let them be expressive.

    If he's pressured to be in it, I hope this new pairing at least gives him reason to want to continue.
    I hope it means he wants to continue, he could feasibly continue until 2018, he will only be 33. They could really be good if her artistry gets better as she gets older.

    I think he really looks better in shows as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlai View Post

    She attributed the retirement to her height, and she plans to pursue her studies in Beijing.
    She has pretty much been the same height since she started competing internationally. Why is her height now an issue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    She has pretty much been the same height since she started competing internationally. Why is her height now an issue?
    I think it means that she is tall and so her weight increses fast as she gets older.

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    According to this post in the Trash Can, she has grown:

    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...70&postcount=7
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