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Meet the 2014 Chinese Olympic Figure Skating Team

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Ten figure skaters, two single ladies, one single man, two pair skating teams, and one ice dance team, were selected to represent China at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.  China also qualified for the Olympic Team Trophy figure skating event.  In 2010 at the Vancouver Olympics, Chinese pairs skaters Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo won gold.  Will China win Olympic medals in 2014?

Qing Pang and Jian Tong - Pairs

Quin Pang and Jian Tong of China Show The Similarities Between Figure Skating and Gymnastics
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Chinese and World Pair Skating Champions Qing Pang and Jian Tong won the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. They are known for their incredibly high twists where Jian throws Quin very high in the air.

Yan Han - Men

Yan Han
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Yan Han is the 2012 Youth Olympic Figure Skating Champion.  He also won the world junior figure skating title in 2012.  He surprised figure skating fans when he won the bronze medal at the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.  

Zhang Hao and Peng Cheng - Pairs

Zhang Hao and Peng Cheng
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Zhang Hao won the Olympic pair skating silver medal with Zhang Dan at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.  He teamed up with a new partner, Peng Cheng, in May of 2012. Zhang Hao also competed in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games with Zhang Dan.  Zhang and Zhang were not related even though they have the same surname.

Zhang Kexin - Ladies

Zhang Kexin
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Zhang Kexin's 7th place at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships made it possible for China to earn two spots at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships. It is said that Zhang has the potential to earn high scores, but also, she does not always fully rotate jumps.  

Li Zijun - Ladies

Li Zijun
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Li Zijun won the bronze medal at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games and is the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Chinese National Figure Skating Champion. She has received a lot of attention from ice skating fans since she appeared in international competitions in 2011 and 2012.  It is said she is a great performer and jumper with a great sense for music and rhythm.

Huang Xintong and Zheng Xun - Ice Dancing

Huang Xintong and Zheng Xun
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Huang Xintong and Zheng Xun have won the Chinese national ice dancing title five times.  They won the Asian Games in 2010 and represented China at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Ice Skating in China

Figure skating began to become popular in China around the 1950s.  At first China was never taken seriously in the figure skating international scene, but that changed when Chen Lu won the ladies title at the World Figure Skating Championships in 1995 and earned Olympic bronze medals in 1994 and 1998. Today, serious figure skaters who train in China train are selected at a very young age for the sole purpose of being trained to become ice skating champions. Those selected consider it a great honor to represent China as figure skaters. 

China Also Qualified for the Olympic Figure Skating Team Trophy Event

Ten different countries, including China, have been selected by the International Skating Union to participate in the Olympic Team Trophy figure skating competition which will take place and begin the day before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on February 6, 2014. One male figure skater, one female figure skater, one pairs team, and one ice dance team are part of each country's team. China could possibly medal in the 2014 figure skating team event.

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