Han Yan

Gliding on ice

Dec 11, 2011
Chinese figure skater Yan Han (simplified Chinese: 闫涵; traditional Chinese: 閻涵; pinyin: Yán Hán) was born in Harbin, China, on March 6, 1996.

He is a three-time Four Continents bronze medalist (2013, 2015, 2016), the 2013 Cup of China champion, and a four-time Chinese national champion (2010, 2011, 2018, 2019-2020).

On the junior level, he is the 2012 Youth Olympic champion, the 2012 Junior World champion, the winner of four ISU Junior Grand Prix titles, and a two-time Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist (2010, 2011).

Yan did not compete internationally during the 2018-2019 season

Wiki bio:

Chinese Wiki

Weibo (Chinese version of Twitter)

Yan's ISU bio

His Icenetwork bio (from archive)

His Tracings.net entry

February 2020 Update​

ISU Personal Bests

Total08.11.2019249.45ISU GP SHISEIDO Cup of China 2019
SP08.11.201986.46ISU GP SHISEIDO Cup of China 2019
SP Technical08.11.201945.35ISU GP SHISEIDO Cup of China 2019
SP Component08.11.201941.11ISU GP SHISEIDO Cup of China 2019
FS09.11.2019162.99ISU GP SHISEIDO Cup of China 2019
FS Technical09.11.201976.65ISU GP SHISEIDO Cup of China 2019
FS Component09.11.201986.34ISU GP SHISEIDO Cup of China 2019
HTotal21.02.2016271.55ISU Four Continents Championships 2016
HSP01.11.201390.14ISU GP Cup of China 2013
HSP Technical01.11.201350.25ISU GP Cup of China 2013
HSP Component25.01.201842.10ISU Four Continents Championships 2018
HFS21.02.2016181.98ISU Four Continents Championships 2016
HFS Technical21.02.201696.26ISU Four Continents Championships 2016
HFS Component21.02.201685.72ISU Four Continents Championships 2016
H - Historic record achieved before 2018/2019 season

Programs and Videos

SP: "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri and David Hodges performed by Boyce Avenue; choreo by Lori Nichol (SP), Yuka Sato (FS)
FS: "Mia & Sebastian’s Theme" (from “La La Land” soundtrack) by Justin Hurwitz; "City of Stars" & "Audition Medley" (from “La La Land”) by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Noble Paul performed by John Legend; choreo by Lori Nichol (SP), Yuka Sato (FS)

2020 Four Continents
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bDMcn_8psw
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLw-NkbtHP8

2019 Cup of China
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO-Hi05zBOQ

2019 Chinese Interclub League
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkt2TGWjDJU

2019 Chinese Grand Prix
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8ywwJJBHHA

Han Yan did compete this season.

SP: "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
FS: "I'll Take Care Of You" by Brooke Benton, performed by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa

2018 Four Continents
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldOxBiQeTU4
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le8uDNDxJ1c

2017 Cup of China
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEax2tZUhUs
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvxhDKz0rHI
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plneTgxNe0w

2017 Cup of Nice
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzcPy_GdKNM

2017 Skate America
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqnHOO8pYu0
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e9YoapdXUc

SP: "I'll Take Care Of You"
FS: the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack by Craig Armstrong

2017 Asian Winter Games
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49TCJseN5vw
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSeyu0V9QEA

2016 Cup of China
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bS-r7S9IPk
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDeL-fRKgEY

SP Sing Sing Sing by Louis Prima; choreo by Lori Nichol
FS Kissing You (from "Romeo and Juliet" soundtrack) by Craig Armstrong, Balcony Scene (from "Romeo and Juliet" soundtrack) by Craig Armstrong, Tybalt Arrives (from "Romeo and Juliet" soundtrack) by Craig Armstrong, Fight Scene (from "Romeo and Juliet" soundtrack) by Craig Armstrong; choreo by Lori Nichol

2016 Four Continents SP
2016 Four Continents FS

2016 Chinese Winter Games SP
2016 Chinese Winter Games FS

2015 Cup of China SP
2015 Cup of China FS

2015 Skate America SP
2015 Skate America FS

Yan Han's programs at qualifications for the 2015-2016 national games

SP If I Were a Rich Man by Sheldon Harnick
FS Fly Me to the Moon by Bart Howard

2015 Chinese Nationals April 25 SP (He won this competition)
2015 Chinese Nationals April FS

2015 World Team Trophy SP
2015 World Team Trophy FS

2015 Worlds SP British Eurosport
2015 Worlds FS British Eurosport

2015 Four Continents SP Season's best 87.34
2015 Four Continents FS British Eurosport His personal best FS 172.13 and best total score 259.47

2014-15 Chinese Nationals SP Dec 27 2014
2014-15 Chinese Nationals FS Dec 28 2014

2014 Cup of China SP
2014 Cup of China FS

2014 TEB SP
2014 TEB FS

SP Viper's Drag by Fats Waller
FS Minor Waltz by Michel Portal

2014 Worlds SP
2014 Worlds FS

Season's best free skate and total scoreas at the Olympics. No video available.

2013 GPF SP
2013 GPF FS

2013 Cup of China SP British Eurosport. Still his personal best in 2015
2013 Cup of China FS British Eurosport

2013 TEB SP British Eurosport
2013 TEB FS British Eurosport

2013 September Chinese competion SP
2013 September Chinese competion FS

SP Jealousy
FS Masquerade

2013 World Team Trophy SP
2013 World Team Trophy FS

2013 Four Continents SP Season's best 85.08
2013 Four Continents FS. Season's best 150.14 and total 230.22

2012 JGP Croatia SP
2012 JGP Croatia FS

2012 JGP Sencila Bled SP
2012 JGP Sencila Bled FS

SP Waltz No.2 by Dmitri Shostakovich
FS Zigeunerweisen by Pablo de Sarasate

2012 Youth Olympic Games FS (he won this event)

2012 Junior Worlds SP Season's best 74.88
2012 Junior Worlds FS Season's best FS 147.57 and total 222.45

2012 National winter games competition SP

2011 JGPF SP
2011 JGPF FS

2011 JGP Austria SP
2011 JGP Austria FS

2011 JGP Trofeo Walter Lombardi SP
2011 JGP Trofeo Walter Lombardi FS

2011 September Chinese competition SP

SP The Cotton Club by John Barry
FS Zigeunerweisen by Pablo de Sarasate

2011 Junior Worlds SP
2011 Junior Worlds FS

2010 JGP Austria SP
2010 JGP Austria FS

2010 JGP.Czech Skate FS Season's best total 193.62

SP The Cotton Club by John Barry
FS Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

2009 Nationals SP September
2009 Nationals FS September 5

2009 JGP Bosphorus SP. Season's best total score 182.54
2009 JGP Bosphorus FS

Baby Pictures
2008-09 Chinese National SP In the Mood from The Cotton Club soundtrack

2007-08 Chinese Nationals EX Se Mueve Como un Simio, Se Ve Como un Humano from the Tarzan soundtrack by Phil Collins

2007 Chinese Games IF Se Mueve Como un Simio, Se Ve Como un Humano from the Tarzan soundtrack by Phil Collins
2007 Chinese Games Kiss n Cry

2007 Cup of China EX Se Mueve Como un Simio, Se Ve Como un Humano from the Tarzan soundtrack by Phil Collins

2006 National Grand Prix FS Rhapsody in Blue

The Merry go Round of Life from the Howl's Moving Castle soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi, SP at a national competition date unknown

2006 Step Level3 Lesson Bridge on the River Kwai march

2005 Skate Asia Open Gala

Competitive History

2020 Four Continents 11 8 10 (239.41)
2019 Cup of China 1 2 2 (249.45)
2019-20 Chinese Championships - 1st

Han Yan did not compete in 2019-2020.

2018 - Olympic Winter Games - 23rd
2018 - Four Continents Championships - 10th
2018 - Chinese Championships - 1st
2017 - Skate America - 5th
2017 - Cup of China - 5th
2017 - Cup of Nice - 1st
2017 - Asian Winter Games - 3rd
2017 - Four Continents Championships - 10th
2016 - Cup of China - 5th
2016 - Skate Canada - 10th
2016 - World Championships - 26th
2016 - Four Continents Championships 3. 3. 3 (271.55)
2016 - Chinese National Games 2. 2. 2. (178.90)
2015 - Cup of China 6. 3. 4. ( 230.33)
2015 - Skate America 2. 5. 4. (236.03)
2015 - World Team Trophy - 5th (team)
2015 - World Championships. 5 13. 10. ( 229.15)
2015 - Four Continents Championships 3 4. 3 (259.47)
2015 - Chinese Championships 2. 2. 2. (228.19)
2014 - Trophée Eric Bompard 10. 6. 8. ( 229.15)
2014 - Cup of China 3. 7. 6. (206.65)
2014 - World Championships 5 11. 7. (231.91)
2014 Olympic Winter Games 8 7 7 (246.20)
2014 Olympic Winter Games -- Team Event 4 - 7 (Team)
2014 Grand Prix Final 4 6 6 (232.55)
2013 Trophée Eric Bompard 4 6 4 (214.23)
2013 Cup of China 1 2 1 (245.62)
2013 World Team Trophy 10 9 5 (Team)
2013 Four Continents Championships 2 5 3 (235.22)
2013 Chinese National Championships 2 2 2 (211.80)
2012 JGP Croatia Cup 1 2 2 (212.10)
2012 JGP Sencila Bled Cup 2 5 5 (180.69)
2012 World Junior Championships 2 1 1 (222.45)
2012 Youth Olympic Games 1 1 1 (192.45)
2012 Junior Grand Prix Final 3 1 2 (205.93)
2011 Trofeo Walter Lombardi [JGP] 1 1 1 (219.37)
2011 JGP Austria 1 1 1 (205.86)
2011 Asian Figure Skating Trophy 2 1 1 (194.31)
2011 World Junior Championships 8 5 6 (187.49)
2011 Chinese National Championships 1 1 1 (206.01)
2011 Junior Grand Prix Final 3 3 2 (186.05)
2010 Czech Skate [JGP] 1 1 1 (193.62)
2010 Cup of Austria [JGP] 5 1 1 (170.48)
2009 Bosphorus Cup [JGP] 3 1 1 (182.54)
2010 Chinese National Championships 1 (194.68)
2008 Chinese Junior National Championships 2 4 4 (125.12)


2016 Four Continents Gala-Destiny by Asuka

2015 Cup of China Gala-Destiny by Asuka

2015 Skate America Gala-Lonely by Akon

2015 Worlds Gala- Lonely by Akon

2015 4CCs Gala-Lonely by Akon

2014 All That Skate - The Impossible Dream

2014 Artistry on Ice with Zijun Li, You Are My Destiny

2014 Artistry on Ice, If I Were a Rich Man

2014 Artistry on Ice - Batman program to Welcome to the Pleasure dome from the Frankie Goes to Hollywood soundtrack; choreo by Kurt Browning!

2013 Cup of China Gala-Impossible Dream

2012 Gala for Children's Day: part of his FS

2012 Junior Worlds Gala La Vie en Rose

2011 Cup of China EX La Vie en Rose

2011 Asian Trophy EX La Vie en Rose

2010 JGPF Gala Embraceable You

2010 Cup of China Gala In the Mood from The Cotton Club soundtrack

2009 Cup of China Gala In the Mood from The Cotton Club soundtrack

2007-2008 Nationals EX Se Mueve Como un Simio, Se Ve Como un Humano from the Tarzan soundtrack by Phil Collins

2007 Cup of China EX Se Mueve Como un Simio, Se Ve Como un Humano from the Tarzan soundtrack by Phil Collins

Articles and threads from Golden Skate

February 2016 - 2016 Four Continents Report. Han Yan Wins Bronze again..

July 2015 Interview- Han Yan aims to make history for China By Wei Xiong

March 2015 thread: Interview with Han Yan Before Worlds

February 2013 - 2013 Four Continents Reports-Han Yan earns bronze, wins the SP

March 2012. Han Yan wins Historic Junior Title for China

Han Yan Looking to Become China's Next Skating Star
July 2011 Article: http://www.goldenskate.com/2011/07/han-yan-looking-to-become-chinas-next-skating-star/
Thread: http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sh...looking-to-become-China%92s-next-skating-star

First fan thread for Han Yan! Oct. 2010

Articles and other media

2015 Four Continents report, Han Yan finished third

2013 Cup of China report on Han Yan's victory in his senior debut- free skate
2013 Cup of China report on Han Yan's victory in his senior debut- short program
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Gliding on ice

Dec 11, 2011
Yan made his senior international debut at the 2013 Four Continents Championships in Osaka, Japan, where he took the bronze medal with a personal best score of 235.22 (SP: 85.08, LP: 150.14).

Yan started skating at the age of 5. He used to train in Harbin, but has moved to train in Beijing starting this year. He won the gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships, becoming the first Chinese to win the men’s junior world title.

Yan’s favorite skaters:
- Patrick Chan
- Tomas Verner

Yan is only 16! And he already has a great foundation (i.e. incredible speed, amazing ice coverage, great flow, effortless jumps, good presentation, musicality, etc) which he will only continue to build on as he gets more experience from the senior circuit. With polishing and better choreographed programs, there is no doubt that Han Yan is the future for China.
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Violet Bliss

Record Breaker
Nov 19, 2010
I discovered Han two years ago and was extremely impressed. I predict he will not just be the future of figure skating for China, but for the world. Watch out for Yan Dynasty!


Sedated by Modonium
Record Breaker
Mar 23, 2010

Very cool to see him doing so well, between him and ZiJun among many new young talents, hopefully China will get a good shot with these new generation of skaters.
(What I also love about his name is is there's no silent g at the end! I have been trying to remove that silent g out of Chinese names for the longest time. Nice to see the Mandarin speakers doing this job nicely.)


Jan 15, 2012
I discovered Han two years ago and was extremely impressed. I predict he will not just be the future of figure skating for China, but for the world. Watch out for Yan Dynasty!
Yan Dynasty .....:laugh: Yes, he's impressive. He has speed and effortless jumps. I do hope China keeps 'polishing this precious gem'. It will be encouraging to other men skaters in China if they can have a skater who can break into the top 10 if not top 5 in the near future. They haven't had a dominating male skater before, right?


Jan 20, 2011
Thank you for opening a new thread for Han Yan, one of my favorite young skaters.

He has already acquired have a lot of fans not only in China but also in Japan. ;)
I myself enjoy watching his weibo every night since he started tweeting there! :biggrin:
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Record Breaker
Nov 14, 2007
The distance of his jumps are just AMAGING! Han's 3As are best in the business. :cool:

I heard that those who were at front rows of the arena at this 4CC almost screamed with disbelief by distance and height of his jumps and they accordingly feared that he would fly across the board! :biggrin:


Nov 29, 2012
Chengjiang Li was as high as fourth at Worlds, AFAIR, so yes there has been a very good Chinese male skater before.


He also finished third at the GPF once, and won Four Continents once.
Now that you mention Chenjiang Li, I remember he had good quad and was one of few Chinese skaters with good artistry. :thumbsup:

Wish Yan Han will develop Li’s artistry and nice jumps someday.

The distance of his jumps are just AMAGING! Han's 3As are best in the business. :cool:

I heard that those who were at front rows of the arena at this 4CC almost screamed with disbelief by distance and height of his jumps and they accordingly feared that he would fly across the board! :biggrin:
I saw 4cc live in Osaka. Yan Han’s 3A was not that great – it was good but no way that was the best in the business. I did not hear people screaming with disbelief. People screamed with disbelief after Reynold’s lp, which was amazing to watch live. Yan’s jumps had distance, yes, but there was almost no height in any of his jumps. I much prefer Takahashi’s 3As at NHK or Worlds for example. When I saw them live, Takahashi’s 3As had more height and was right on to the music at NHK.


On the Ice
Mar 23, 2009
Cross posting zydeco88's translation:

4CC - Q&A session with Japanese fans after the FS small medal ceremony
(Aaron was present earlier but switched places with Han Yan for the medalists' photo and Q&A sessions)

nico nico douga (registration required to view the video; longer version as it was taped from the beginning of the Q&A session)
YT (taped right as Yuzu began to answer the first question; marked with * below)

Some words are hard to decipher though, due to the background noises. Hope that the translation does justice and still retains the gist of the questions and answers

MC: Let's give a huge applause to the skaters.
(Yuzu, Kevin and Yan starts leaving the venue by mistake, only to be summoned back for the Q&A :laugh: Must have been embarrassed)
MC: Please raise your hand if you'd like to pose a question.
Q1: I'm directing my question to Mr. Hanyu. You've had some problems with your Lutzes this time and I'd like to know why you always looked over your shoulder the minute before initiating the jump take-off.
*Yuzu: Well, Brian suggested looking behind right before initiating the jump take-off. He said by doing so, I'll be able to confirm my body's axis and the flight path. So, that's why I did that. But more importantly, I've let myself stumble while on a stroll down Parisienne Walkways (Crowd: Laughs). I'll keep this in mind and do it properly next time. (Crowd: (Cheers) Do your best!)
[Parisienne Walkways = Pari no Sanpomichi (パリの散歩道) in Japanese. So, he was making a pun with the word Walkways (散歩道) and walk/stroll (散歩) to indirectly refer to his singled Lutz in the SP :laugh:]

MC: Has anyone got any questions for Mr. Kevin?
Q2: Is there any skater you aspire to be like?
Kevin: (In English)
MC: Is there anyone who has questions for Mr. Han Yan?
Q3: Um, why do you always take close-up pictures of your face and upload it on the net (on his personal weibo blog)?
Crowd: (Roars in laughters and cheers)
Yan: (Smiles sheepishly) Because I've got nothing else to do.
MC: Lastly, please pose a general question to all three skaters. C'mon guys, liven things up! Let's ask this little girl over here, who's probably the youngest among those who put up their hands just now.
Little girl: Please give me your autographs. (Crowd: Laughs)
MC: Let's ask another person, the one who wished to direct her question to Kevin just now.
Q4: Looking back, what do you think of your performance?
Kevin: (In English)
Yuzu: (Repeats what Kevin's said) Me too, right from the get-go of the short program up until the last pose in the free.... (Crowd: Laughs) Am I not allowed to say the same thing? Oh well, since I speak Japanese, I should give a proper answer. Firstly, I'm really disappointed for having missed the Lutz in the short and botched the quad sal in the free. Well, I did nothing but botched (a lot of things) this time. The result's turned out pretty disappointing, but I won't let it end like this, so I'd like to work hard to be able to stand in the same place as the person next to me is standing (1st place finish) at the Worlds Champs. And of course, we, Japanese men won't let this end on such a low note. Me and my seniors will band together, acknowledge this outcome and go the extra mile (for the next competition)
Crowd: (Cheers) Do your best! Admirable! Boss! Boy, you're really cool! :biggrin:
Yuzu: (Completely embarrassed, but there's no corner to hide in, so his knee-jerk reaction is to hide his face behind that scanty pint-sized box he's been holding :laugh:)
Yan: I think things have turned out quite well. But it's a little bit risky to have this kind of result.

LOL @ the question directed to Han regarding his weibo posts. I think at the end he said 还行,很惊险 in Chinese about his performance, the interpreter phrased it little awkwardly, I personally would translate it as "Okayish, a near miss."
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On the Ice
Feb 3, 2013
LOL @ the question directed to Han regarding his weibo posts. I think at the end he said 还行,很惊险 in Chinese about his performance, which sorta kinda translates as "Okayish, a near miss."
LOL, too @the irrelevant question, but it really got the crowd going. :laugh: Yan comes across as a shy person and doesn't talk much in public, but is quite a narcissist in private. XD
And thanks for the clarification on what he said at the end. :) Completely relied on the interpreters as I don't understand Chinese.


On the Ice
Mar 23, 2009
Sorry zydeco88 for not being specific in my post, it was very clear you were using the English translation. my fault... And thank you again!

After this episode I think he posts less about himself and opts to post about his adorable little kitten.
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On the Ice
Mar 23, 2009
On a more serious note, cross posting myself from FSU:

YAN Han's weibo reply to a fan (2/27/2013 8:56am local time): 我短期没比赛 or I have no competitions in the immediate future. Combined with other recent posts showing disappointment... Still don't know but maybe his chances got very slim :(


On the Ice
Feb 3, 2013
Was really disappointed when I saw his name deleted from the JW entries. I wonder what the Chinese Fed's thinking. They could've just sent him to JW if they only intend to list him as an alternate for SW, just like what USFSA's doing with Joshua Farris. Unless they're still making the final decision wrt their entrant for SW, but it would be unfair to just dump Nan Song who recently won the Chinese Champs in favour of Yan (and I personally like Jeff's work with Nan's SP and would like to see more of it). And Yan doesn't seem to be suffering from his previous shoulder injury either. :[


Record Breaker
Feb 28, 2012
While I root for team Japan in WTT, I am also excited to see Han!!
Go Han!! Please show us good performances :yay: !!


On the Ice
Mar 23, 2009
We may see two quads in the LP, which he attempted in Chinese National Cup late March :)