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    Chinese Pairs(Shen/Zhao etc) Update

    I understand Chinese and found out several sources(blogs, forums etc) to track the lastest of Chinese skaters, especially three top Chinese pairs. If you are interested, I will keep on updating this new thread.

    I'll start today with an update on Shen and Zhao, most of the following content is translated from their blog.

    Background:

    From Oct 19 to Oct 20, Chinese national team will have an internal test before the new season kicks off. Shen/Zhao will test run their new programs for the first time. This season may be Shen & Zhao’s last one, they have changed all three programs (short, long and exhibition). They will use ‘Romanza’ for their short and ‘meditation’(??? translated from Chinese) for their long program, the exhibition program will use ‘My Way’, another spanish piece. Shen and Zhao will make their grand prix debut in Nanjing, China on Nov 9th. Their goal is to win as many gold medals as possible!

    Shen/Zhao’s blog:
    2006/10/19:
    The test started from 3:30 pm, we put on our new costume for the first time this season. It’s been 8 months since Olys and we are finally able to compete again!! It is long overdue!

    We felt today’s skating was okay. After test run, we got some feedback from referees and our coach. All of them were satisfied with the choreograph. We are very pleased and the next step is to do more practice and refine the program. Zhao and I watched the tape several times this evening and we did pick up several minor things that need to be improved. Our efforts will be focused on improvement and refinement!! Tomorrow’s going to be long program.

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    Wow, thanks for the translation, Iloveaxel. Very cool. Are Shen and Zhou competing in the Grand Prix series this season?

    I assume that "Meditation" is the famous Intermezzo from Thais?

    I am a little confused about "My Way." If this is the Frank Sinatra song, then the "another Spanish piece" seems misplaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Wow, thanks for the translation, Iloveaxel. Very cool. Are Shen and Zhou competing in the Grand Prix series this season?

    I assume that "Meditation" is the famous Intermezzo from Thais?

    I am a little confused about "My Way." If this is the Frank Sinatra song, then the "another Spanish piece" seems misplaced.

    I don't know the exactly English translation for these musci pieces, they can be very confusing. But they keep on saying these three pieces are all Spanish style. Go figure. I think Nori is their choreographer this season, they went to Canada at least twice to do the choereographing. I don't have time to translate those articles.

    To my knowledge, both Pang/Tong and Z/Z have changed their short programs. P/T only finished their program early September, then Pang was ill for a couple of weeks. They only started training in early October, so I don't expect them to perform well at Skate America.

    I'll translate more depending on whether you guys are interested or not.

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    We're interested, we're interested!!!!

    That's too bad about Pang and Tong. Pairs was the only discipline that I thought I could predict at Skate America. Now we'll have to wait and see.

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    CCTV5 schedule

    CCTV5 Live broadcast schedule(Grand Prix Skate America)

    Oct 26, Thursday Night: 9:00 – 10:15(EST) Pairs Short Live
    Oct 28, Saturday Night: 7:55 – 10:00(EST) Pairs Long Live

    The other events will be taped and I'll post the schedule as it becomes available.

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    Thanks a lot for the information! Keep it coming!

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    Many thanks, iloveaxel!

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    Yes, thanks so much for the information, iloveaxel ... we appreciate it!!!

    I can't wait to see S&Z's new programs ... I hope they have a perfect season!!!

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    Thanks for all the information. I adore Shen & Zhao and hope that this season is a great one for them. I'd like to see them win World title #3 before they retire at the end of the season.

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    Very interesting indeed.

    On a related note -- is there any information regarding any up-and-coming Chinese pairs that may be in the pipeline for down the road? We were led to believe a few years ago that the Chinese pairs were going to establish a dynasty along the lines of what Russia has done the last several decades, but currently they only seem to have 4 pairs that they send anywhere and they haven't sent a single one to the JGP so far this season. At this point I have to wonder if in fact we ARE going to be seeing that "dynasty" that was expected, or if the current pairs are going to be "it", at least for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Wow, thanks for the translation, Iloveaxel. Very cool. Are Shen and Zhou competing in the Grand Prix series this season?
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    I'm pretty sure they are scheduled for Cup of china and NHk (Japan).

    thanks for the update on Shen and Zhou! I can't wait to see these programs and hope they have a really wonderful season, especially if it is their last!

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    thanks for the translation. Good to hear they will appear at CupOfChina Nov. 9th. I'll be able to watch them from TV in China!

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    According to a poster on the ISU board (with link to article in Chinese), Pang and Tong have withdrawn from SA because she has a kidney infection:

    http://forums.isu.org/viewtopic.php?t=527

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    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyCoop View Post
    Very interesting indeed.

    On a related note -- is there any information regarding any up-and-coming Chinese pairs that may be in the pipeline for down the road? We were led to believe a few years ago that the Chinese pairs were going to establish a dynasty along the lines of what Russia has done the last several decades, but currently they only seem to have 4 pairs that they send anywhere and they haven't sent a single one to the JGP so far this season. At this point I have to wonder if in fact we ARE going to be seeing that "dynasty" that was expected, or if the current pairs are going to be "it", at least for a while.

    Yes, they're starting to train some very young pairs, will update it next time.

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    Breaking: Pang and Tong drops out of Skate America

    Pang and Tong drops out of Skate America

    http://sports.sina.com.cn/o/2006-10-...02519300.shtml



    Pang and Tong have decided to drop out of Skate America due to Pang having a kidney infection.

    I will translate more later under 'Skate America'.

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