Yu Xiaoyu

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yu.
Yu Xiaoyu
2012 World Junior Yu Xiaoyu Jin Yang.jpg
Yu/Jin won the silver medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships
Personal information
Country represented China
Born (1996-01-02) January 2, 1996 (age 18)[1] or (1998-01-02) January 2, 1998 (age 16)[2] (see also Age controversy below)
Beijing, China
Home town Beijing
Height 1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)
Partner Jin Yang
Coach Hongbo Zhao, Bin Yao, Bing Han
Former coach Yang Ding, Luan Bo
Choreographer Marina Zueva
Former choreographer Helen; Zhang Wei
Skating club Harbin Skating Club
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 173.77
2014 World Junior
Short program 62.58
2014 World Junior
Free skate 112.76
2012 World Junior

Yu Xiaoyu (Chinese: 于小雨; pinyin: Yú Xiǎoyǔ; born in Beijing) is a Chinese female pair skater. With partner Jin Yang, she is the 2014 Junior World champion, the 2012 Junior World silver medalist, the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics champion and the 2013–2014 JGP Final champion.


Yu/Jin were paired together by their coaches in 2009.[3] They do on- and off-ice training from eight in the morning to five in the afternoon with a break in the middle.[3]

Yu/Jin won the silver medal at the 2010 Chinese Nationals. They made their international debut during the 2010–11 season. They won bronze at JGP Cup of Austria and then won gold at Czech Skate. At the Junior Grand Prix Final, they won the bronze medal.

The pair performed a quad twist at a national competition in 2011, when Yu was 15 and Jin was 17 years old (or 13 and 22).[3] They finished 7th at the 2011 Skate Canada and 6th at the 2011 Cup of China. They then won the bronze medal at their national championships. Yu/Jin competed at the 2012 World Junior Championships and won the silver medal.

In the 2012-13 season, Yu/Jin finished 4th in JGP Austria and 2nd in JGP Croatia in their JGP Events. They finished 5th at the JGP Final. Yu/Jin then competed at the 2013 World Junior Championships and finished 4th.

In the 2013-14 season, Yu/Jin won the gold medals in their JGP events at the 2013 JGP Latvia and 2013 JGP Estonia qualifying them to their fourth JGP Final in Fukuoka, Japan where they won the gold medal. Yu/Jin then won gold at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Age controversy[edit]

In February 2011, Yu and Jin's ages became the subject of controversy. Although her ISU bio lists Yu as born on January 2, 1996, a Chinese website suggested she was born on that day in 1998, in which case she was too young to compete in Junior Grand Prix events during the 2010–11 season.[2] Her partner's age also came under scrutiny. His ISU bio states that he was born on May 16, 1994 but the Chinese website suggested he was born on that day in 1989, in which case he was too old to compete in junior events.[2]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • The Love of Death
    by Park Sei Joon
  • The Way We Were
    by Marvin Hamlisch

Competitive highlights[edit]

(with Jin)

Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
GP Cup of China 6th TBD
GP Skate Canada 7th
International: Junior[8]
Junior Worlds 8th* 2nd 4th 1st
Youth Olympics 1st
JGP Final 3rd 5th 5th 1st
JGP Austria 3rd 2nd 4th
JGP Croatia 2nd
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
JGP Estonia 1st
JGP Latvia 2nd 1st
Chinese Champ. 6th 4th 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd
Chinese NG 7th 4th
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
*Placement removed as China was erroneously allowed one too many entries.


  1. ^ a b "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "China eyed over 9 athletes' ages". ESPN. Associated Press. February 14, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Flade, Tatjana (March 7, 2012). "Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin on the rise". Golden Skate. 
  4. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Yu Xiaoyu at Wikimedia Commons