Yan Han (figure skater)

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Yan Han
Yan Han Podium Cup of China 2013.jpg
Yan took gold at the 2013 Cup of China
Personal information
Country represented China
Born (1996-03-06) March 6, 1996 (age 22)
Harbin, China
Home townHarbin
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
CoachPang Qing, Tong Jian
Former coachXu Zhaoxiao, Fu Caishu, Li Mingzhu, Jia Shuguang, Huang Bing
ChoreographerLori Nichol
Former choreographerKurt Browning, Jiang Hailan, Helen Zhang Wei
Skating clubHarbin Training Centre
Training locationsBeijing
Began skating2001
ISU personal best scores
Combined total271.55
2016 Four Continents
Short program90.14
2013 Cup of China
Free skate181.98
2016 Four Continents
Yan Han
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Yan Han (Chinese: 闫涵; pinyin: Yán Hán; Mandarin pronunciation: [jɛ̌n xǎn]; born March 6, 1996) is a Chinese figure skater who competes in men's singles. He is a three-time Four Continents bronze medalist (2013, 2015, 2016), the 2017 Asian Winter Games bronze medalist, 2013 Cup of China champion, 2012 World Junior champion, 2012 Youth Olympics champion, and a three-time (2009, 2010, 2018) Chinese national champion.

Career[edit]

The only athlete in his family, Yan started skating at the age of 5. He trained in Harbin until he relocated to Beijing in early 2012.[1]

2009–2010 season: Junior Grand Prix debut[edit]

Yan made his ISU Junior Grand Prix debut in the 2009–2010 season. He won gold at the event in Turkey, his only assignment that season. He did not compete at the 2010 World Junior Championships due to a fracture injury.[citation needed]

2010–2011 season[edit]

Yan was assigned to the 2010–11 ISU Junior Grand Prix events in Austria and Czech Republic. After winning his two JGP events, he qualified to the Junior Grand Prix Final, which was held in Beijing, China. Yan took the silver medal in his home country. He ended the season by placing 6th in his debut at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Korea.

2011–2012 season: Youth Olympic and World Junior titles[edit]

In the 2011–2012 season, Yan began attempting a 3A and a 4T in competition. After winning gold at his JGP events in Austria and Italy, Yan qualified for the 2011–12 Junior Grand Prix Final. At the event, held in Quebec City, Canada, he won the silver medal despite having a fever.[citation needed] He became the 2012 Youth Olympics champion in Innsbruck, Austria.

At the 2012 World Junior Championships, Yan became the first skater representing China to win the men's junior world title.

2012–2013 season: First medal at Four Continents[edit]

Yan started his season at the 2012 JGP Slovenia, where he finished 5th after a shattering fall on the quadruple toe loop in the free program. He then won silver, behind Maxim Kovtun at the 2012 JGP Croatia. He did not advance to the JGP Final.

Yan took silver at the 2013 Chinese Championships. He made his senior international debut at the 2013 Four Continents Championships, where he took the bronze medal. Yan ended the season placing 9th in the men's discipline and 5th with Team China at the 2013 World Team Trophy. He then flew to Toronto to work with Lori Nichol for two new programs for the upcoming season.

2013–2014 season: Grand Prix debut[edit]

Yan's senior Grand Prix debut came at the 2013 Cup of China. He placed first in the short setting a personal best score of 90.14 points and placed second in the free winning the gold medal overall, ahead of Maxim Kovtun. Yan set a personal best overall score of 245.62 points. Yan finished fourth at the 2013 Trophée Éric Bompard, competing with a fever that he developed the day before his short program.[citation needed] His results qualified him for the Grand Prix Final, in which he placed 6th overall. He was selected to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where he finished 7th.[2] He then finished 7th at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

2014–2015 season: Second bronze at Four Continents[edit]

Yan's first assignment of the 2014 Grand Prix season was Cup of China. On November 8, during the free skate warm-up, he collided with Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu. Yan was visibly injured, but decided to compete. He placed 7th in the free program and 6th overall.[3][4][5] Later in the same month, he placed 8th at another Grand Prix event, the 2014 Trophee Eric Bompard.

At the 2015 Four Continents Championships, Yan took the bronze medal with a combined score of 259.47, a personal best. He placed 10th at the 2015 World Championships.

2015–2016 season: Third bronze at Four Continents[edit]

Competing in the 2015 Grand Prix season, Yan placed 4th at Skate America and took bronze at Cup of China.[6] He went on to win his third bronze medal at the 2016 Four Continents Championships, setting personal bests in the free program (181.98) and combined score (271.55). Yan placed 26th at the 2016 World Championships.

2016–2017 season[edit]

During the 2016 Grand Prix season, Yan placed 10th at Skate Canada and 5th at Cup of China. He ranked 10th at the 2017 Four Continents Championships. He won a bronze medal at the 2017 Asian Winter Games.

Yan's shoulder dislocated repeatedly after he sustained a fracture.[7] As a result, he withdrew from the 2017 World Championships.

Age controversy[edit]

In February 2011, a group of Chinese skaters' ages became the subject of controversy as their birth dates published on the Chinese Skating Association's website did not match the ones listed on their bio pages in the ISU website.[8] The controversy prompted a search for more discrepancies among Chinese figure skaters' dates of births. According to news articles published in February 2011, although Yan's birthday was listed as March 6, 1996, on ISU's website, the Chinese website suggested that he was born on that day in 1994. Officials from the State General Administration of Sports held a press conference where they attributed the discrepancies to erroneous information provided by the Chinese website.[9][10][11][12]

Programs[edit]

Han at the 2013 Cup of China podium.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2017–2018
[13]
2016–2017
[14]
  • I Put a Spell On You
2015–2016
[15][16]
  • Romeo + Juliet
    by Craig Armstrong, Des'ree
    choreo. by Lori Nichol
2014–2015
[17]

2013–2014
[18]
2012–2013
[19]
2011–2012
[20]
  • La Vie en rose
    by Louis Armstrong
    choreo. by Jiang Hailan
2010–2011
[21]
  • Zigeunerweisen
    by Pablo de Sarasate
    choreo. by Jiang Hailan
2009–2010
  • The Cotton Club
    by John Barry
    choreo. by Jiang Hailan

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[22]
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
Olympics 7th 23rd
Worlds 7th 10th 26th WD
Four Continents 3rd 3rd 3rd 10th 10th
GP Final 6th
GP Bompard 4th 8th
GP Cup of China 1st 6th 3rd 5th 5th
GP Skate America 4th 5th
GP Skate Canada 10th
Asian Games 3rd
Asian Trophy 1st
Cup of Nice 1st
International: Junior[22]
Junior Worlds 6th 1st
Youth Olympics 1st
JGP Final 2nd 2nd
JGP Austria 1st 1st
JGP Croatia 2nd
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
JGP Italy 1st
JGP Slovenia 5th
JGP Turkey 1st
National[22]
Chinese NG 2nd 2nd
Chinese Champ. 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd 1st
Team events
Olympics 7th 6th
World Team
Trophy
5th T
9th P
5th T
3rd P
WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

2013–14 to present[edit]

2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 15–23, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (men's singles) 19
80.63
23
132.38
23
213.01
February 9–12, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (team event) 7
77.10
- 6T
January 22–28, 2018 2018 Four Continents Championships 5
84.74
12
143.19
10
227.93
November 24–26, 2017 2017 Skate America 4
85.97
7
142.36
5
228.33
November 3–5, 2017 2017 Cup of China 6
82.22
4
172.39
5
254.61
October 24–28, 2017 2017 Cup of Nice 1
94.29
1
165.38
1
259.67
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 23–26, 2017 2017 Asian Winter Games 3
91.56
3
180.30
3
271.86
February 15–19, 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 6
84.08
10
151.37
10
235.45
November 18–20, 2016 2016 Cup of China 8
75.04
5
155.15
5
230.19
October 28–30, 2016 2016 Skate Canada 6
72.86
11
136.25
10
209.11
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 28 – April 3, 2016 2016 World Championship 26
62.56
DNQ 26
62.56
February 16–21, 2016 2016 Four Continents Championships 3
89.57
3
181.98
3
271.55
November 6–8, 2015 2015 Cup of China 6
73.97
3
156.36
3
230.33
October 23–25, 2015 2015 Skate America 2
86.53
5
149.50
4
236.03
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 16–19, 2015 2015 ISU World Team Trophy 2
87.13
4
163.14
3
250.27
March 23–29, 2015 2015 World Championships 5
84.45
13
144.70
10
229.15
February 10–15, 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships 3
87.34
4
172.13
3
259.47
November 21–23, 2014 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard 10
73.18
6
143.67
8
216.8
November 7–9, 2014 2014 Cup of China 3
79.21
7
127.44
6
206.65
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 24–30, 2014 2014 World Championships 5
86.70
11
145.21
7
231.91
February 13–14, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics 8
85.66
7
160.54
7
246.20
December 5–8, 2013 2013–14 Grand Prix Final 4
77.75
6
154.80
6
232.55
November 15–17, 2013 2013 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Éric Bompard 4
84.34
6
129.89
4
214.23
November 1–3, 2013 2013 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China 1
90.14
2
155.48
1
245.62

2009–10 to 2012–13[edit]

2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
April 11–14, 2013 2013 ISU World Team Trophy Senior 10
64.54
9
143.27
9
207.81
February 8–11, 2012 2013 Four Continents Championships Senior 2
85.08
5
150.14
3
235.22
December 20–21, 2012 2012–13 Chinese Championship Senior 2
68.77
2
143.03
2
211.80
October 4–7, 2012 2012 Junior Grand Prix, Croatia Junior 1
70.47
2
141.63
2
212.10
September 26–29, 2012 2012 Junior Grand Prix, Slovenia Junior 2
65.66
5
115.03
5
180.69
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
Feb. 27 – March 4, 2012 2012 World Junior Championships Junior 2
74.88
1
147.57
1
222.45
January 14–22, 2012 2012 Winter Youth Olympics Junior 1
59.65
1
132.80
1
192.45
January 4–6, 2012 12th Chinese National Winter Games Senior 2
77.15
1
154.30
2
231.45
December 7–12, 2011 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 3
64.23
1
141.70
2
205.93
October 5–8, 2011 2011 Junior Grand Prix, Italy Junior 1
72.07
1
147.30
1
219.37
Sept. 28 – October 1, 2011 2011 Junior Grand Prix, Austria Junior 1
68.78
1
137.08
1
205.86
September 20–23, 2011 2011–2012 Chinese Championships Senior 5
62.60
4
134.84
3
197.44
August 22–26, 2011 2011 Asian Figure Skating Trophy Senior 2
63.19
1
131.12
1
194.31
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
Feb. 27 – March 6, 2011 2011 World Junior Championships Junior 8
60.89
5
126.60
6
187.49
December 23–24, 2010 2010–2011 Chinese Championships Senior 1
71.27
1
134.74
1
206.01
December 8–12, 2010 2010–11 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 3
67.29
3
118.76
2
186.05
October 13–16, 2010 2010 Junior Grand Prix, Czech Republic Junior 1
66.19
1
127.43
1
193.62
September 15–18, 2010 2010 Junior Grand Prix, Austria Junior 5
53.79
1
116.69
1
170.48
2009–10 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
October 14–17, 2009 2009 Junior Grand Prix, Turkey Junior 3
61.21
1
121.33
1
182.54
September 3–5, 2009 2009–10 Chinese Championships Senior 1
64.78
1
129.90
1
194.68
  • Personal bests highlighted in bold.

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Yan Han at Wikimedia Commons