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    News Shen and Zhao quit stage to coach

    Zhao Hongbo announced on 11 Jun that he and his wife Shen Xue would retire to coach a new generation of skaters for the country after their last performances in the "Artistry on Ice" show this year.

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    So exciting for them! While shows/touring is great (I will miss them!), this is the ultimate way to pass down your legacy--to share your skills/wisdom with the next generation.

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    This team/couple has had such an amazing career thus far, and it is very exciting that they are now beginning a new chapter. It will be so interesting to see how their students develop, and I really hope to see Shen/Zhao at the boards in years to come.

    I loved watching this team grow and compete and change and improve and preserver and overcome so many challenges; they have a number of SP and LP that are among my all time favorites; and I do miss them so very much on the competitive scene, but their longevity and accomplishments are really the stuff of legend and of long lasting and wonderful memories. Wishing them all the very best in this new endeavor and I do hope we get reports on their students from time to time!

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    Maybe they can do a few shows still but I do understand not too many shows allow you to make a living now a days. A great skating career also does not make you a great coach; though it often opens doors.

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    I'm glad they're staying involved with skating. Though we would love for them to skate forever, I'm sure their bodies could use the rest, and coaching is a wonderful way for them to pass down their skills and wisdom. Aren't we the lucky ones, who got to see them during their entire competitive careers? I'll never forget watching that long program in the 2003 World Championships--a banner year, with both S/Z and Kwan at their best--and their final competitive long program, at the 2010 Vancouver Games. They are not just national treasures but world treasures, one of those rare gifts that fans all over the world can admire.
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    actually they can still do shows for a long time.They quite stage to coach mainly because they want to have a child now.you know,both of them are not young any more...I think it's time for them to have a new life.

    btw,although they'll retire from show skating,Artristy on Ice will continues.and S/Z will be the Art director for the show. glad to hear that.
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    I reported this a while back. As LuCN said, they are planning to start a family, so good luck and best wishes to them.

    They will be coaching the national Junior teams. I first thought it was because they were new and not going to take on the more important Seniors but now I think it may be more because of the Chinese tradition of a teacher being long term, almost parental, nurturing the students from a young age to maturity. So it is possible they may just take their students from Junior through Senior competitive careers.

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    http://www.osports.cn/photo.do?photo...3&bagId=650074

    This picture is so heart-warming. I hope they receive another vow from the next generation they'll be teaching and caring about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emma View Post
    This team/couple has had such an amazing career thus far, and it is very exciting that they are now beginning a new chapter. It will be so interesting to see how their students develop, and I really hope to see Shen/Zhao at the boards in years to come.

    I loved watching this team grow and compete and change and improve and preserver and overcome so many challenges; they have a number of SP and LP that are among my all time favorites; and I do miss them so very much on the competitive scene, but their longevity and accomplishments are really the stuff of legend and of long lasting and wonderful memories. Wishing them all the very best in this new endeavor and I do hope we get reports on their students from time to time!
    ITA with you. Shen and Zhao are unique, and they are a team that has worked very, very hard to get where they are today. I'm going to miss seeing them, but I have tons of memories of the wonderful programs they presented through the years. I am sure they will be able to give many good advuces to their student and I look forward to seeing them behind the boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    I reported this a while back. As LuCN said, they are planning to start a family, so good luck and best wishes to them.

    They will be coaching the national Junior teams. I first thought it was because they were new and not going to take on the more important Seniors but now I think it may be more because of the Chinese tradition of a teacher being long term, almost parental, nurturing the students from a young age to maturity. So it is possible they may just take their students from Junior through Senior competitive careers.
    Ooh, that's a great thought. I hope that's what happens in the long run.

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    Nice compliment for Shen and Zhao tweeted by Johnny Weir:

    Johnny Weir-Voronov ‏@JohnnyGWeir
    "Great final show tonight in Shanghai! I am so honored to have performed in the final show of Xue and Hongbo. They made me love pair skating."
    7:50 AM - 17 Jun 12

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    Xue and Hongbo have for several years expressed gratitude for the support they had received and the desire to pay back by doing the same for the next generation of Chinese skaters. A couple of years ago, they actually identified a Taiwanese girl as a talent and mentored her. I saw a picture of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by l'etoile View Post
    http://www.osports.cn/photo.do?photo...3&bagId=650074

    This picture is so heart-warming. I hope they receive another vow from the next generation they'll be teaching and caring about.
    Thank you so mcuh for the lovely pic. It's one of wonderful traditions in Asian countries for centuries to respect and admire elders for their seniority, greatness and intellect.

    This is probably my most favorite performance out of many many great memorable performances by this true champion Shen and Zhao among many great champions in this sport:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFOsLcJkHeM

    2003 Worlds in Washington D.C., US. They skated such a perfect and breathtaking Free while Shen was fighting through pains on her injured right knee AND ankle. What a warrior she was!

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    Yeah, Deedee1; that's my favorite too. That small lift at the beginning, where he just takes her and turns her in his arms, has such tenderness. They have a radiance and a maturity about them compared to nearly all of their rivals, at least after 2002. It's interesting to me that there's not a great size differential between them. During this program, Dick Button says that Zhao is 5'9" and Shen is 5'3", which makes them look very compatible. Shen doesn't look like a half-starved child skating with a grown man. They look like a woman and a man, which makes the emotional content of their programs even more convincing.

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    Next to Gordeev and Grinkov, Shen and Zhao have been my favorite pairs skaters. Her metamorphisis was astounding as was the development of their presentation skills. She's so graceful and beautiful and his strength compliments her. I wish them well in their coaching career and think it's great that they're giving back to their country and their skating federation. Turandot was a masterpiece. Does anyone know who choreographed it?

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