Jin Yang

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Jin Yang
2016 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Peng Cheng Jin Yang IMG 3555.jpg
Peng and Jin in 2016
Personal information
Country represented China
Born (1994-05-16) May 16, 1994 (age 24)[1] or (1989-05-16) May 16, 1989 (age 29)[2] (see also Age controversy below)
Harbin, China
Home townBeijing
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
PartnerPeng Cheng
Former partnerYu Xiaoyu
CoachHongbo Zhao, Bin Yao, Bing Han
Former coachYang Ding, Luan Bo
ChoreographerLori Nichol
Former choreographerDavid Wilson, Helen Zhang Wei, Marina Zueva
Skating clubBeijing Century Star FSC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total216.90
2018 GPF
Short program75.69
2018 GPF
Free skate141.21
2018 GPF
Jin Yang
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Jin Yang (Chinese: 金杨; pinyin: Jīn Yáng; Mandarin pronunciation: [tɕín jǎŋ]; born in Harbin) is a Chinese male pair skater. With current partner Peng Cheng, he is the 2019 Four Continents bronze medalist, 2018–19 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, and the 2017 Asian Winter Games silver medalist. Peng/Jin represented China at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

With former partner Yu Xiaoyu, he is a two-time (2014, 2015) World Junior champion, the 2012 World Junior silver medalist, the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics champion, the 2013–2014 JGP Final champion, and the 2016 Four Continents bronze medalist.

Career[edit]

Partnership with Yu Xiaoyu[edit]

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]

2010–11 season[edit]

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.

2011–12 season[edit]

Yu and Jin at the 2012 Junior Worlds

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 seventh at the 2011 Skate Canada and sixth 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 behind teammates and training partners Sui Wenjing/Han Cong.

2012–13 season[edit]

In the 2012-13 season, Yu/Jin finished fourth in JGP Austria and second in JGP Croatia in their JGP Events. They finished fifth at the JGP Final. Yu/Jin then competed at the 2013 World Junior Championships and finished fourth.

2013–14 season[edit]

Prior to the 2013-14 season, Yu/Jin changed coaches, moving from Luan Bo to Olympic pairs champion Zhao Hongbo, Yao Bin, and Han Bing. They 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 finished their perfect season by winning gold at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

2014–15 season[edit]

In the 2014-15 season, Yu/Jin made their official senior debut on the Grand Prix circuit. They won a silver medal at the 2014 Cup of China and a bronze medal at the 2014 NHK Trophy, qualifying them for their first senior Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain. At the Grand Prix Final they set new personal bests in both the short program and free skate to finish in 5th place. They then went on to win their second national title.

With the surprise comeback of Pang/Tong, Yu/Jin were not given a spot to compete at the Four Continents Championships in Seoul and the World Championships in Shanghai, China. Instead, they were sent to the 2015 Winter Universiade where they won the gold medal.It was later announced that they would compete at the 2015 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. Despite training senior program layouts for much of the season, they managed to successfully defend their Junior World title, winning both segments of the competition.

2015–16 season[edit]

Yu/Jin were assigned to Cup of China and NHK Trophy. They attempted their first throw quadruple salchow in competition at Cup of China and won a bronze medal. They then went on to win silver at 2015 NHK Trophy which helped qualify them for the 2015–16 Grand Prix Final in Barcelona.[4]

At the 2016 Four Continents Championships, Yu/Jin won the bronze medal.[5]

Partnership with Peng Cheng[edit]

2016–17 season[edit]

On April 14, 2016, International Figure Skating magazine broke the news of Peng's new partnership with Jin Yang. The Chinese Skating Association decided to switch partners between the two pairs of Peng/Zhang and Yu/Jin.[6][7]

Peng/Jin debuted on the Grand Prix with two silver medals at the 2016 Cup of China and the 2016 NHK Trophy, earning a place in the Grand Prix Final, where they finished sixth. At the 2017 Chinese Championships, they won their first national title.

Competing at the 2017 Four Continents Championships, their first ISU Championship event, they placed fifth. At the 2017 Asian Winter Games, Peng/Jin won the silver medal behind Yu/Zhang. This concluded their season.

2017–18 season[edit]

The two won the 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy, their first international gold medal together. The Grand Prix was a disappointment, with Peng/Jin finishing fifth at both the 2017 Skate America and 2017 Internationaux de France. At the 2018 Chinese Championships, they finished second behind Yu/Zhang, and were named to China's team for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Peng/Jin competed in the pairs event in Pyeongchang, finishing seventeenth in the short program and thus missing the free skate by a single ordinal. Their season concluded at the 2018 World Championships, where they finished ninth.

2018–19 season[edit]

With both Sui Wenjing / Han Cong and Yu/Zhang sidelined by injury at the beginning of the season, Peng/Jin were the sole Chinese pair team competing internationally on the senior level.[8] They began with a gold medal at the 2018 CS Asian Open.

On the Grand Prix, Peng/Jin began at the 2018 Skate Canada International, where they won the silver medal, finishing ahead of bronze medalists Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro by 0.15 points. The two struggled on their side-by-side jumps in the free skate, where they finished fourth, an area where Jin said they hoped to improve.[9] At the 2018 NHK Trophy, they won a second silver medal, by a far more decisive margin. They qualified to the Grand Prix Final, with Peng noting that "we feel like we miss our teammates, but advancing to the Grand Prix Final is something we are proud of."[8] At the Final they placed first in the short program and second in the free skate, winning silver overall. This was the team's first major international medal.[10]

At the 2019 Chinese Championships, they won their second national title. At the 2019 Four Continents Championships in Anaheim, they placed third in the short program behind Moore-Towers/Marinaro and a returning Sui/Han, in consequence of Peng falling on their throw jump.[11] They came third in the free skate as well, making an error on the side-by-side triple Salchow jumps, finishing third overall, their first ISU Championship medal. Peng commented that "despite the success rate of the triple jump in the training, we want to try that and challenge ourselves, and show what we have done in our training."[12]

Age controversy[edit]

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

Programs[edit]

With Peng[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019
2017–2018
[13]
2016–2017
[14][15]

With Yu[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2015–16
[16]
2014–15
[17]
2013–14
[18]
2012–13
[19]
2011–12
[20]
2010–11
[1]
2009–10
[21]
  • The Love of Death
    by Park Sei Joon

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Peng[edit]

International[22]
Event 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 17th
Worlds 9th
Four Continents 5th WD 3rd
GP Final 6th 2nd
GP Cup of China 2nd
GP France 5th
GP NHK Trophy 2nd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 5th 2nd
CS Finlandia 1st
Asian Games 2nd
Asian Open 1st
National[22]
Chinese Champ. 1st 2nd 1st
Team events
World Team
Trophy
5th T
3rd P
T = Team result; P = Personal result.
Medals awarded for team result only.

With Yu[edit]

International[23]
Event 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16
Four Continents 3rd
GP Final 5th 5th
GP Cup of China 6th 2nd 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 3rd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 7th
Universiade 1st
International: Junior[23]
Junior Worlds 8th* 2nd 4th 1st 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
National[23]
Chinese Champ. 6th 4th 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 1st
Chinese NG 7th 4th
*Placement removed as China was erroneously allowed one too many entries.

Detailed results[edit]

With Peng[edit]

2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 7–10, 2019 2019 Four Continents Championships 3
69.48
3
135.94
3
205.42
December 27–30, 2018 2019 Chinese Championships 2
75.07
1
136.44
1
211.51
December 7–9, 2018 2018 Grand Prix Final 1
75.18
2
141.21
2
216.90
November 9–11, 2018 2018 NHK Trophy 2
70.66
2
136.58
2
207.24
October 26–28, 2018 2018 Skate Canada International 2
72.00
4
129.08
2
201.08
August 1–5, 2018 2018 Asian Open Trophy 1
71.54
1
134.88
1
206.42
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19–25, 2018 2018 World Championships 6
71.98
10
130.09
9
202.07
February 9–25, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 17
62.61
17
November 17–19, 2017 2017 Internationaux de France 5
62.40
5
125.74
5
188.14
October 27–29, 2017 2017 Skate Canada International 7
61.55
5
120.92
5
182.50
October 6–8, 2017 2017 Finlandia Trophy 1
70.93
2
127.10
1
198.03
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 20–23, 2017 2017 World Team Trophy 2
71.36
3
133.13
3
204.49
February 23–26, 2017 2017 Asian Winter Games 2
67.24
2
129.82
2
197.06
February 16–19, 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 7
66.44
3
136.48
5
202.92
December 8–11, 2016 2016 Grand Prix Final 4
70.84
6
112.35
6
183.19
November 25–27, 2016 2016 NHK Trophy 1
73.33
2
123.54
2
196.87
November 18–20, 2016 2016 Cup of China 3
69.93
2
128.03
2
197.96

References[edit]

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  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. ^ Decool, Mélissa (12 February 2016). "Yu and Jin: 2015-16 a season for improvement". Golden Skate.
  5. ^ Decool, Mélissa (20 February 2016). "China's Sui and Han take third Four Continents title". Golden Skate.
  6. ^ "International Figure Skating | Facebook". Facebook. International Figure Skating magazine. April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "Nelle notizie di aprile tiene banco la rivoluzione tra le coppie di artistico cinesi". Neveitalia (in Italian). April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Mammoser, Scott (10 November 2018). "Russian pair team Zabiiako and Enbert take gold at NHK Trophy". Golden Skate.
  9. ^ "France's James and Cipres pocket Skate Canada gold". Golden Skate. 27 October 2018.
  10. ^ Flett, Ted (9 December 2018). "James and Cipres rebound to capture Grand Prix title in Pairs". Golden Skate.
  11. ^ Slater, Paula (February 8, 2019). "Moore-Towers and Marinaro edge out Chinese to lead Pairs at Four Continents". Golden Skate.
  12. ^ Slater, Paula (February 9, 2019). "Sui and Han rebound for fifth Four Continents title". Golden Skate.
  13. ^ "Cheng PENG / Yang JIN: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 17, 2017.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  14. ^ "Cheng PENG / Yang JIN: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 10, 2017.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  15. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 19, 2016). "Yu and Zhang lead China's pair to one-two in Beijing". Golden Skate.
  16. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016.
  17. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 27, 2015.
  18. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014.
  19. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 20, 2013.
  20. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012.
  21. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 14, 2010.
  22. ^ a b "Competition Results: Cheng PENG / Yang JIN". International Skating Union.
  23. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN". International Skating Union.

External links[edit]

Media related to Jin Yang at Wikimedia Commons