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Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao - Olympic Pair Skating Champions

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Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao

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Chinese Pair Skaters and Olympic Figure Skating Champions:

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao are the first pair skaters from China to win the world and Olympic pair skating title. They are the 2010 Olympic Pair Skating Champions.

World Pair Skating Champions:

Shen and Zhao won the world pair skating title in 2002, 2003, and 2007.

Olympic Gold and Bronze Medalists:

At both the 2002 and the 2006 Olympics, Shen and Zhao won the bronze medal in pair skating. They placed fifth in the 1998 Olympics. In 2010, they went on to win Olympic gold.

Throw Quadruple Salchow:

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao are one of the only pair teams in the world who have successfully been able to do a throw quadruple salchow.

Dates and Place of Birth:

Xue Shen was born on November 13, 1978 in Harbin, China. Hongbo Zhao was born on September 22, 1973 in Harbin, China.

Began Skating When They Were Young:

Both Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao began skating at the age of seven.

Partnership:

Both Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao began skating pairs together in 1992. Hongbo Zhao was Xue Shen's first pair partner, but Zhao previously skated and competed with Maomao Xie.

Coach:

Shen and Zhao's coach is Bin Yao.

Competition Highlights:

  • 2010 Olympic Pair Skating Champions
  • 2007 World Pair Skating Champions
  • 2007 Four Continents Champions
  • 2007 Asian Winter Games Champions
  • 2006-07 Grand Prix Final Champions
  • 2006-07 Cup of China Champions
  • 2006 Olympic Bronze Medalists
  • 2003 World Pair Skating Champions
  • 2002 World Pair Skating Champions
  • 2002 Olympic Bronze Medalists

Interests Outside of Figure Skating:

Both Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao enjoy music. Hongbo Zhao likes to sing. Xue Shen likes to read.

Couple On and Off the Ice:

Shen and Zhao announced their engagement after they won the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships. They were married shortly after that.

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