Yu and Zhang in 2016
|Born|| or January 2, 1998 (see also Age controversy below)January 2, 1996|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Former partner||Jin Yang|
|Coach||Hongbo Zhao, Bin Yao, Bing Han|
|Former coach||Yang Ding, Luan Bo|
|Former choreographer||Marina Zueva, Zhang Wei|
|Skating club||Beijing Century Star FSC|
|ISU personal best scores|
2017 Skate America
2018 Winter Olympics
2017 Skate America
Yu Xiaoyu (Chinese: 于小雨; pinyin: Yú Xiǎoyǔ; Mandarin pronunciation: [y̌ ɕjàu ỳ]; born in Beijing) is a Chinese female pair skater. With current partner Zhang Hao, she is the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, 2017 Asian Winter Games champion and 2018 Chinese national champion. 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.
- 1 Partnership with Jin Yang
- 2 Partnership with Zhang Hao
- 3 Age controversy
- 4 Programs
- 5 Competitive highlights
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Partnership with Jin Yang
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). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. At the Final they placed 5th.
Partnership with Zhang Hao
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. They took the silver medal at the 2016 Skate Canada and won gold at the 2016 Cup of China. At the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final in Marseille they won the silver medal behind Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov.
Yu/Zhang began their season at the 2017 Cup of Nice where they placed first. In their first Grand Prix event of the season, Yu/Zhang placed second at the 2017 Cup of China after ranking second in both the short program and free skate. In their second Grand Prix event at 2017 Skate America, Yu/Zhang again placed second after ranking second in both programs. Their scores in both Grand Prix events have qualified Yu/Zhang for the 2017-18 Grand Prix Final.
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. 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.
With Zhang Hao
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
With Jin Yang
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|GP Cup of China||1st||2nd|
|GP Skate Canada||2nd|
|GP Skate America||2nd||WD|
|Cup of Nice||1st|
|GP Cup of China||6th||2nd||3rd|
|GP NHK Trophy||3rd||2nd|
|GP Skate Canada||7th|
|JGP Czech Rep.||1st|
|*Placement removed as China was erroneously allowed one too many entries.|
- "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011.
- "China eyed over 9 athletes' ages". ESPN. Associated Press. February 14, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
- Flade, Tatjana (March 7, 2012). "Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin on the rise". Golden Skate.
- Decool, Mélissa (12 February 2016). "Yu and Jin: 2015-16 a season for improvement". Golden Skate.
- Decool, Mélissa (20 February 2016). "China's Sui and Han take third Four Continents title". Golden Skate.
- "The Chinese fans are very unhappy...they took to Weibo in droves today to protest two of China's pairs teams being split and paired with different partners. The Federation has split Xiaoyu Yu and Jin Yang, the two-time World Junior champions, and Peng Cheng and Hao Zhang. Yu is now partnered with Zhang and Cheng will compete with Yang". International Figure Skating magazine (Facebook). April 14, 2016.
- "Nelle notizie di aprile tiene banco la rivoluzione tra le coppie di artistico cinesi". NEVE ITALIA (in Italian). April 27, 2016.
- "22nd INTERNATIONNAL CUP OF NICE 2017 - Senior Pairs". Nice Baie des Anges Association. October 15, 2017.
- "ISU GP Audi Cup of China 2017 - Pairs". International Skating Union. November 4, 2017.
- "ISU GP 2017 Bridgestone Skate America - Pairs". International Skating Union. November 25, 2017.
- "Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 3, 2017.
- AbsoluteSkating [@absoluteskating] (25 March 2018). "#Milano2018 #WorldFigure Exhibition program - music & timing" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 10, 2017.
- "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016.
- "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2015.
- "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014.
- "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 20, 2013.
- "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012.
- "Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 14, 2010.
- "Competition Results: Xiaoyu YU / Hao ZHANG". International Skating Union.
- "Competition Results: Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN". International Skating Union.
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