Zhang Hao

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Zhang Hao
Zhang and Zhang 2009 Festa On Ice.JPG
Zhang and Zhang in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Zhang Hao
Country represented  China
Born (1984-07-06) July 6, 1984 (age 30)[1] or (1982-02-06) February 6, 1982 (age 32)[2] (see also Age controversy below)
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Partner Peng Cheng
Former partner Zhang Dan
Zhang Liyun
Coach Yao Bin, Hongbo Zhao, Bing Han
Former coach Huan Bing, Sun Lu, Chen Xiaofei
Choreographer Lori Nichol
Former choreographer Marina Zueva, Igor Shpilband, Renée Roca
Skating club Harbin Skating Club
Began skating 1990
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 197.37
2013–14 Grand Prix Final
Short program 71.68
2014 Worlds
Free skate 128.50
2013–14 Grand Prix Final
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhang.

Zhang Hao (simplified Chinese: 张昊; traditional Chinese: 張昊; pinyin: Zhāng Hào; born July 6, 1984) is a Chinese pair skater. He currently competes with Peng Cheng. With former partner Zhang Dan, he is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time (2005, 2010) Four Continents champion, and a three-time (2006, 2008–2009) World silver medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Zhang married his girlfriend, Ju Chi, in May 2014.[3]

Career[edit]

Early in his career, Zhang Hao competed with Zhang Liyun.

Partnership with Zhang Dan[edit]

Zhang teamed up with Zhang Dan, to whom he is not related, in 1997. They won two medals on the Junior Grand Prix in their first year and placed 5th at the Junior Grand Prix Final. They also won the bronze medal at the 1999 Chinese national championships and the silver at the 2000 Chinese national championships. In the 2000–01 season, they won the Junior Grand Prix Final, placed third at nationals, and then won Junior Worlds.[4] At the 2000 Junior Worlds, they performed a quadruple twist, the first quad twist ever performed at that event. They stayed junior in the 2001–02 season, winning the Junior Grand Prix Final yet again. They won the bronze medal at the 2002 Four Continents Championships and then went to the 2002 Olympics, where they placed 11th. They went to their first Worlds and came in 9th.

In the 2002–03 season, they competed on both the Junior and senior Grand Prix, due to ISU rules at the time allowing pairs to do both in one season. They won the Junior Grand Prix event in China, then performed well at both their Grand Prix events, placing 4th in both of them. They went to Junior Worlds and once again won it before going to Worlds and placing 6th. Following that season, Zhang and Zhang became serious contenders. They consistently medaled at their Grand Prix events. They won the 2005 Four Continents Championships and then won the bronze at the 2005 Worlds.

Zhang and Zhang went into the 2006 Olympics as medal contenders. During their free skate, Zhang Dan had a bad fall on their attempted throw quadruple salchow, a jump that was not consistent. Zhang Dan suffered a bad injury, but chose to finish the program. Although the delay between the fall and the continuation of the program was longer than the ISU-proscribed 2 minutes, they were not automatically withdrawn because the referee waited before stopping the music and beginning the official 2 minute wait. Zhang regrouped and was able to finish the program. They won the silver medal, placing ahead of defending Olympic medalists Shen Xue and Hongbo Zhao. At Worlds they won the silver, behind Pang Qing and Tong Jian.

In the 2006–07 season, Zhang and Zhang placed first at Skate Canada, second at the NHK Trophy, and would go on to win the bronze medal at the Grand Prix Final. They placed 5th at the 2007 World Championships later that season. In the 2007–08 and the 2008–09 seasons, they won silver medals at both the Grand Prix Final and the World Championships. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Zhangs placed 5th. They also finished fifth at 2010 World Championships.

Before the 2010–2011 season began, Zhang Hao broke his finger, forcing the team to pull out of their two Grand Prix assignments. He also dealt with some shoulder and cervical vertebra problems.[5] The Zhangs returned to competition during the 2011–2012 season, winning silver medals at the 2011 Skate America and the 2011 Cup of China. They finished 4th at the 2011–12 Grand Prix Final. Zhang Dan eventually became the tallest competing female pair skater.[5] Her height proved to be a challenge for the pair, and in May 2012, it was announced that their partnership had ended and she was retiring from competition.[6][7]

Partnership with Peng Cheng[edit]

In May 2012, Zhang Hao confirmed he had formed a new partnership with Peng Cheng.[6][7] The pair made their international debut at the 2012 Cup of China. They placed 11th at their first World Championships.

In the 2013–14 season, Peng/Zhang won their first Grand Prix medals, bronze at the 2013 Cup of China and silver at the 2013 NHK Trophy, and qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where they came in fourth. They were selected for the 2014 Winter Olympics and finished eighth in Sochi. Ending their season, they placed fifth at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama.

Age controversy[edit]

Zhang and Zhang perform a triple twist

On February 14, 2011, the Zhangs' ages became the subject of controversy. Although his International Skating Union bio lists Zhang Hao as born on July 6, 1984, a Chinese skating association website suggested he was born on February 6, 1982.[2] This would mean he was too old to compete in junior events during the 2002–03 season, such as the 2003 World Junior Championships where they won gold. His partner's age also came under scrutiny. Her ISU bio states that she was born on October 4, 1985 but the Chinese website suggested she was born on that day in 1987, meaning she was 14 and too young to compete in senior events during the 2001–02 season, such as the Four Continents where they won bronze, as well as the Olympics and World Championships.[2] The dates disappeared from the website by February 15.[8] On February 17, the ISU said there were no discrepancies for the Zhangs in terms of the birthdates listed on their passports, ISU registration forms and the Chinese Olympic Committee's website.[8]

Programs[edit]

With Peng Cheng[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[9]
  • La Coronacion
    by Globus
2012–2013
[10]
  • Live and Let Die
    by Paul McCartney
    performed by David Garrett

With Zhang Dan[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2011–2012[11] A Transylvanian Lullaby
by John Morris
Adagio Sostenuto
from Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major "Totentanz"
by Franz Liszt
2010–2011 Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
by Aram Khatchaturian
Here I Am
by 4Men
Spanish Caravan,
Hello I Love You
by The Doors
2009–2010[1] Piano Fantasy
by Maksim Mrvica
Selections from Fosse (musical)
including Sing, Sing, Sing
Scheherazade
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
by Felix Mendelssohn
2008–2009[12] Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
("On Wings of Song")
by Felix Mendelssohn
Changjiang River Piano Concerto
by Hao Weiya
2007–2008 Piano Fantasy
by Maksim Mrvica
The Myth (soundtrack) Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto
by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao
2006–2007 Spanish Caravan & I Love You
by The Doors
The Offspring of Dragons
by Hou De Jian
2005–2006 Kashmir
by Led Zeppelin
2004–2005 All Alone
by Joe Satriani

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Peng Cheng[edit]

Results[13]
International
Event 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 8th
World Championships 11th 5th
Four Continents 5th
Grand Prix Final 4th
GP Bompard 4th
GP Cup of China 5th 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 2nd
National
Chinese Championships 1st
Team events
World Team Trophy 5T/3P
GP = Grand Prix; TBD = To be decided
T = Team result; P = Personal result;
Medals awarded for team result only.

With Zhang Dan[edit]

Results[14]
International
Event 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
Olympics 11th 2nd 5th
Worlds 9th 6th 5th 3rd 2nd 5th 2nd 2nd 5th
Four Continents 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st
Grand Prix Final 6th 5th 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 6th 4th
GP Bompard 4th 1st 1st
GP Cup of China 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd
GP Cup of Russia 3rd 1st 1st 1st
GP NHK Trophy 1st 2nd
GP Skate America 4th 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 1st
Universiade 1st 1st 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 4th 1st 1st
JGP Final 5th 1st 1st
JGP Canada 2nd
JGP China 1st 1st
JGP Italy 1st
JGP Japan 1st
JGP Norway 1st
JGP Sweden 1st
National
Chinese Champ. 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 1st
Team events
World Team 6T/1P
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

(With Peng Cheng)

2013–2014 season
Date Event SP FS Total
November 8–10, 2013 2013 NHK Trophy 3
65.09
2
117.09
2
182.18
November 1–2, 2013 2013 Cup of China 3
64.24
3
122.95
3
187.19
2012–2013 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 10–17, 2013 2013 World Championships 10
58.52
11
108.66
11
167.18
February 6–11, 2013 2013 Four Continents Championships 5
52.46
6
112.36
5
164.82
November 16–18, 2012 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard 3
59.92
6
107.84
4
167.76
November 2–4, 2012 2012 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China 4
57.89
5
105.98
5
163.87
  • QR = Qualifying round; SP = Short program; FS = Free skating

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "China eyed over 9 athletes' ages". Associated Press (ESPN). February 14, 2011. Archived from the original on November 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ "名将张昊迎娶相恋十年爱人 已剑指平昌冬奥会(图)" [Zhang Hao's wedding] (in Chinese). sina.com. May 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ World Junior Figure Skating Championships: ISU Results: Pairs PDF (10.5 KB)
  5. ^ a b "张丹/张昊淡看头羊角色 节目精彩演绎死亡之舞" [Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao]. cn.yahoo.com. August 15, 2011. Archived from the original on November 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Lei, Lei (May 8, 2012). "Zhangs part ways". China Daily. 
  7. ^ a b "Olympic silver medalists Zhangs part ways". Ice Network. May 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "ISU: No discrepancies for Olympic silver medalists". Associated Press (Yahoo News). February 17, 2011. Archived from the original on November 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Competition Results: Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG". International Skating Union. 
  14. ^ "Competition Results: Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. 

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