Shen Xue: figure skating is the best prenatal education
Head coach: Zhao Hongbo has already taken over
Currently, the Chinese figure skating team is preparing for the Sochi Olympics at the Capital Stadium, and one can imagine the pressure on Zhao Hongbo's shoulders. But with the pressure also come good news: his wife Shen Xue will soon be due to give birth. Yesterday, our reporter asked for confimation from Yao Bin, head coach of the national figure skating team. The reply was direct: "Shen Xue will give birth in September. I firmly believe that the child will be as outstanding as her parents."
Excitement: Yao Bin will finally be a grandpa
The day before yesterday, at the Chinese figure skating team's training arena, reporters saw a big-bellied Shen Xue arriving hand-in-hand with Zhao Hongbo. Each time they glanced at each other, sweet smiles would appear on their faces, just the same as before they were married. "I think figure skating is the best prenatal education," Shen Xue told the reporters. "You can hear that the music for every program is very beautiful. My daughter, inside my belly, reacts when she hears these pieces of music. I am very excited every time I feel her moving slightly."
Figure skating is Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo's beloved career. It is a big and pleasant surprise to the expectant mother that their daughter senses the music for skating even before she is born. But she still said that whatever career choices her daughter chooses in the future, she would not interfere, and nor would she force her daughter onto this road just because she and Hongbo are world champions. Yesterday, our reporter called Yao Bin, head coach of the national figure skating team, for confirmation. Yao replied with a laugh: "I will soon be a grandfather. Not long ago, Shen Xue was asking me what would be a good name for the child. I told them, it would be best if yours and Hongbo's names are incorporated into the child's name. Later, they took my advice and named the child "Zhao Jiaxue". I am happy about the birth of the next generation, and I firmly believe the child will be as outstanding as her parents. (Note: the word for "grandfather" that Yao Bin uses here is "laoye", meaning maternal grandfather.
Directness: Zhao Hongbo has taken over after me, responsible for figure skating
Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo's success would not be possible without the help of their coach Yao Bin, and they respect him as their own father. But as time passes, Yao Bin's age is growing, and Chinese figure skating needs someone to take over, someone to carry on the burden and lead the young skaters to good results. For this, Yao Bin has already chosen someone, and that person is Zhao Hongbo.
Yao Bin told our reporter: "I started to skate when I was 8, already more than 50 years ago. My age is growing, and there are somethings I can no longer do as well as I want. I've just had an operation, and am still recovering. During this time, I hope there would be someone who can step up, and lead Chinese figure skating to better results. Currently, the skaters chosen from regional teams still have no experience with major competitions. The year before the last, I brought in a group of second-line skaters into the national team, they can still fight for several more years. After that, I am worried of having a gap in our talent. It's good that currently, Zhao Hongbo has already taken over the burden, I gave figure skating over to him. I believe that he will do well as a coach, and I believe that he can bring up more good athletes.