I have really paid close attention to the Chinese pairs, especially Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao and Qing Pang and Jian Tong. I think they really know how to skate as one. This year both of them are performing to Chinese Music in the free skates. Pang and Tong are performing to "The Butterfly Lovers" and Shen and Zhao are performing to "The Soong Sisters". I think that after Shen and Zhao contend for the Olympic Title in 2006, Pang and Tong will do the same in 2010.
But I question Pang and Tong's consistency. Last season, I think they were really lucky they did so well. They ended the season with a bronze medal win at worlds. Right now, they are doing fine in terms of results but so far they have not skated a good free skate. I also questioned about Pang's weight, how she is so thin and how easy it is for Tong to throw her in the air. I hope they get better and maybe they will start winning world titles in the next quadrennium.
Remember, there are only five pairs teams in China and it will most likely be that Shen and Zhao will retire after the 2006 Olympics which will make the pairs number in China go down to four. I do think that Pang and Tong will be the next Shen and Zhao in the next quadrennium.
I really hope that Pang and Tong stay in for the nxt quadrennium so that they can keep the Chinese dominance alive.
Does anybody else feel this way?????