One big reason that new great Chinese pair teams are not imerging is the one child policy and the very good living standard normal families have now. parents are not that willing to send their children in for serious training, and children are spoiled and not willing to work hard or take the risk to strive for the best. I asked why some pair did double twist and I was told they were afraid of injury.
I read a Cinese article that P/T withdrew from 4 cc because Tong's knees hurt terribly and he needed to inject something into his knee 5 times. He needed to warm up for more than ten minutes before even doing a crossover. He wanted to retire after GPF but Pang wished to continue to 2014.
I really hope they don't risk worse injuries. they are good and still very competitive if they skate well enough but does it worth it ? They have achieved a lot already
Last edited by skatingfanfun; 02-20-2013 at 03:11 AM.
I wouldn't say they are not hard working, they are, but not as some people believed they just misuse their body. In fact, Chinese pair skaters train very differently from pairs in other countries. They only have intensive training shortly before the season starts, doing the whole programs. They don't do that many jumps either. They do run-throughs, and practice by segment. That's why they can have long careers.
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden