Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue took the gold, and Pang Qing and Tong Jian took the silver today in pairs freestyle figure skating on Day 4. It’s China’s first-ever gold in pairs figure skating. Zhao and Shen, a married couple, had won many championships but never a gold medal at the Olympics. They decided to come out of retirement to try for gold and they did it.
Congratulations to Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue in winning gold, and to Pang Qing and Tong Jian in winning silver. They were truly beautiful and flawless performances!
What stands out in my mind so far, in these Winter Olympic games in Vancouver, is the rise of the new China in pairs figure skating, speed skating, and likely in curling (and of South Korea in speed skating [short and long tracks]). This may be Asia’s fortes and fortune in such sporting events for many years to come. Back in the 90s, Russia had dominated figure skating but it looks like China may be the new force in world of pairs figure skating if they keep this up. There seems to be a new self-confidence in Chinese and Asian sports. China’s participation in many sporting events on the world stage is beginning to take the lead. This is something new which I haven’t seen before. We look forward to seeing what other sporting events this nation will take to new levels.