Chinese Figure Skaters Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo Win the Gold

Out of Retirement and onto the medal stand:

Chinese duo wins pairs competition figure skating.

 

Retirement is a word that is tossed around a lot in sports these days. For Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, it meant nothing when their country asked them to return to the winter Olympics. At age 31 and 36 respectively, Shen and Zhao have won the gold for China in the first instance since 1960 of a Russian or Soviet pair has not earned the top spot. The couple has two bronze medals to their names from the two past Olympics, but it seems the third time is a charm.

 

The final free skate program started with the bronze medalists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy less than a point behind Shen and Zhao. The Chinese couple skated a mistake free program and earned the gold. Finishing with the silver medal was the other Chinese pairing of Pand Qing and Tong Jian who won the gold in 2006.    

Article by Michael Fusco