Keepin' it real
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Last edited by Olympia; 06-16-2012 at 06:18 PM.
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.
Last edited by LuCN; 06-16-2012 at 10:10 PM.
Figure Skating Fan
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.
Originally Posted by emma