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February - March 2002

Thursday, March 28, 2002 - In a recent Chinese article, Shen and Zhao have announced that they will not retire yet. They want to land the throw quad salchow and state that they will try it in their next competition which will be next season. They state that the reason they did not try the throw quad salchow at the World Championships in Nagano because they felt that the ice conditions were not that good and they decided not to attempt it.
Wednesday, March 20, 2002 - Congratulations to Shen and Zhao, who won their first ever gold medal at the World Championships as the Free Skate concluded early this morning!!! They did not skate flawlessly however. Shen fell on her triple toe loop and Hongbo singled a double axel in the middle of the program. However, they landed their other elements cleanly and had wonderful expression and emotion during their performance. Shen and Zhao did not try the throw quad salchow, and completed a huge throw triple salchow instead. This is their 4th career medal at the World Championships. To go along with their gold medal, they also have 2 silver and 1 bronze. The silver medalists in the pairs event at the '02 Worlds were the Russians Totmianina and Marinin, and the bronze medalists were the Americans Ina and Zimmerman. For complete Free Skate marks and ordinals, click here.
Monday, March 18, 2002 - Shen and Zhao are the current leaders after Sunday's Short Program at the World Championships in Nagano, Japan. They skated flawlessly, landing their triple toes and throw triple loop. Their marks for Required Elements ranged from 5.7 - 5.9 and their marks for Presentation ranged from 5.6 - 5.9. In 2nd place are the Russians Totmianina and Marinin, and in 3rd place are the Americans Ina and Zimmerman. The Free Skate takes place on Tuesday. Shen and Zhao will skate 2nd in the last group. They will try to land the throw quad salchow for the first time in history. For complete Short Program marks and ordinals, click here and for the complete Free Skate Skate Order click here.
Sunday, March 17, 2002 - The World Championships in Nagano, Japan will begin tomorrow. The Pairs Short Program will take place tomorrow and the Free Skate will take place on Wednesday. In the Short Program, Shen and Zhao will skate 15th out of 20 total teams, which means they will skate 3rd in the 4th group. For the complete Short Program skate order, click here.
Saturday, February 16, 2002 - According to a recent Chinese article, Shen and Zhao will be competing at the World Championships in Nagano in March. They have already started to train for Worlds and will try the throw quad salchow in the Free Skate.
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 - The Pairs Free Skate concluded in SLC on Monday night, and Shen and Zhao walked away with a bronze medal after skating a gutsy performance. They attempted to make history by trying to land the first ever throw quad salchow. Shen had all 4 rotations in the air and landed the quad cleanly on one foot, but lost the edge and fell after landing the quad for almost a full second. They managed to recover by landing side-by-side double axels into triple toes and side-by-side double axels out of spread eagles later in the program. Their marks for Technical Merit ranged from 5.7 - 5.8 and for Presentation also ranged from 5.7 - 5.8. They made a tremendous improvement in their artistry and choreography and the judges rewarded them with strong Presentation marks. The Gold medal in the pairs event went to Russians Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze and the Silver medal went to the Candians Sale and Pelletier, which has become a huge controversy. Congratulations to Shen and Zhao on their first ever Olympic medal and for coming so close to landing the throw quad salchow. They truly showed the audience that they are capable of landing it. We hope to see them at the World Championships in Nagano in March. For complete Free Skate results/marks/ordinals, click here.
Sunday, February 10, 2002 - Shen and Zhao are in 3rd place after Saturday's Short Program. They skated cleanly, landing a huge throw triple loop and side-by-side triple toe loops. They had problems on the side-by-side spins. Their marks for Required Elements ranged from 5.6 - 5.8 and their marks for Presentation ranged from 5.5 - 5.7. The leaders after the Short Program are Russians Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze and in 2nd place are the Canadian World Champions Sale and Pelletier. For complete Short Program results, click here. The Free Skate takes place Monday night. Shen and Zhao will skate last in the final group. For the entire Pairs Free Skate order, click here.
Thursday, February 7, 2002 - The Pairs Short Program Skate Order has been announced. Shen and Zhao will skate 6th out of 20 pairs teams. They will skate 2nd in the 2nd group. To see the entire Pairs Short Program Skate Order, click here.
Wendesday, February 6, 2002 - There is a recent Yahoo! article which talks about how Shen and Zhao will take risks at the Olympics by attempting the throw quad salchow. Recently during a practice in SLC, they attempted 5 throw quads and only landed 1. To see the article click here.
Monday, February 4, 2002 - Xue and Hongbo have arrived in Salt Lake City. They plan on trying the throw quad salchow in their Free Skate. In a Chinese article it states that Xue and Hongbo have been landing the throw quad salchow during their training 70% of the time. We wish them the best of luck and hope they land the throw quad salchow in their Free Skate. The Pairs Short Program takes place on Saturday from 8:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. EST on NBC.
Friday, February 1, 2002 - Xue and Hongbo are finishing up their training in Beijing and will be leaving to go to Salt Lake City on Sunday, February 3. We wish Xue and Hongbo the best of luck at the Olympics.