it is this post, many Chinese fans think that is his way of very subtly hinting he was forced into retirement due to what rumored.
There's no way to know which rumors are true but it is disconcerting some people want to believe the worst, like the fed is out to sabotage skaters, etc. but why? Their goal is to win competitions, as is the goal of all athletes and feds around the world. The coach sitting in K&C is especially pointless argument, most of the time there's two coaches there even when they're all Chinese, I doubt it has anything to do with letting foreign coaches get credit or w/e.
Even trying to get Han Yan into ice dance, *if* that rumor is true, you could look at it in a positive way. They don't see a future for him in men's, but they still value him as a skater and offered him an alternative path. Everyone was so quick to jump on "he can't lift with his shoulder injuries" as if the fed wanted to deliberately hurt him further by making such a suggestion. Either way, I guess this rumor is moot since he's retiring, not switching disciplines.
It's unfortunate they couldn't come to any kind of compromise and he's retiring, but that's the nature of the system when the fed pays for everything. They can't just continue to pour money into skaters who they don't think are going anywhere. Of course whether they're right or not is up to one's own opinion but I just think it's pointless to assume all skaters are just victims of an evil fed who want to harm and sabotage them.
so much about that it's just a crazy fan rumor that Xiangning Li goes into pairs and Han Yan being forced into ice dance. New interview with HongBo Zhao verifies it. Xiangning Li will try out pairs. There might be some reorganization of dance and pairs. Han Yan fan Van (fan club that is very close with Han Yan) confirms it. He didn't want to go into dance, therefore retired.
Oh, Yan really is retiring? :/ I was hoping he would be one the two being sent to RA.
link to tweet. It depends on the federations decision:
Ok, so apparantly Denis Ten is awesome and invited Hanee to his show: https://twitter.com/Tenis_Den/status/993223739754954752 I hope we'll get some footage!
there was livestream that was posted on weibo, also twitter post about it : https://twitter.com/HanYanFanVan/status/1009315020474380289