Yu Xiaoyu

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yu.
Yu Xiaoyu
2015 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Yu Xiaoyu Jin Yang IMG 8509.JPG
Personal information
Country represented China
Born (1996-01-02) January 2, 1996 (age 20)[1] or (1998-01-02) January 2, 1998 (age 18)[2] (see also Age controversy below)
Beijing, China
Home town Beijing
Residence Beijing
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Partner Zhang Hao
Former partner Jin Yang
Coach Hongbo Zhao, Bin Yao, Bing Han
Former coach Yang Ding, Luan Bo
Choreographer David Wilson
Former choreographer Marina Zueva, Zhang Wei
Skating club Beijing Century Star FSC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 197.75
2015 Cup of China
Short program 70.06
2015 Cup of China
Free skate 127.69
2015 Cup of China

Yu Xiaoyu (Chinese: 于小雨; pinyin: Yú Xiǎoyǔ; born in Beijing) is a Chinese female pair skater. With former partner Jin Yang, she 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.

Partnership with Jin Yang[edit]

Yu/Jin were paired together by their coaches in 2009.[3] They did 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]

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 behind teammates and training partners Sui Wenjing/Han Cong.

2012–13 season[edit]

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.

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.

Partnership with Zhang Hao[edit]

On April 14, 2016, International Figure Skating magazine broke the news of Yu's new partnership with Zhang Hao. The Chinese Skating Association decided to switch partners between the two pairs of Peng/Zhang and Yu/Jin.[4][5]

Age controversy[edit]

In February 2011, a group of Chinese skaters' 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

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Jin

Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16
Four Continents 3rd
Grand Prix Final 5th 5th
GP Cup of China 6th 2nd 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 3rd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 7th
Universiade 1st
International: Junior[11]
Youth Olympics 1st
Junior Worlds 8th* 2nd 4th 1st 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 1st
Chinese NG 7th 4th
*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. ^ "International Figure Skating | Facebook". Facebook. International Figure Skating magazine. April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Nelle notizie di aprile tiene banco la rivoluzione tra le coppie di artistico cinesi". Neveitalia (in Italian). April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Pairs". ISU Results. ISU. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Yu Xiaoyu at Wikimedia Commons