Zhang Hao (figure skater)

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Zhang Hao
2016 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Yu Xiaoyu Zhang Hao IMG 3568.jpg
Yu and Zhang at the 2016-17 Grand Prix Final.
Personal information
Full nameZhang Hao
Country represented China
Born (1984-07-06) July 6, 1984 (age 34)[1] or (1982-02-06) February 6, 1982 (age 37)[2] (see also Age controversy below)
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
PartnerYu Xiaoyu
Former partnerPeng Cheng
Zhang Dan
Zhang Liyun
ChoreographerLori Nichol
Former choreographerMarina Zueva, Igor Shpilband, Renée Roca
Skating clubHarbin Skating Club
Began skating1990
ISU personal best scores
Combined total219.20
2017 Skate America
Short program75.58
2018 Winter Olympics
Free skate145.53
2017 Skate America
Zhang Hao
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Zhang Hao (Chinese: 张昊; pinyin: Zhāng Hào; Mandarin pronunciation: [ʈʂáŋ xâu]; born July 6, 1984) is a Chinese pair skater. With current partner Yu Xiaoyu, he is the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, 2017 Asian Winter Games champion and 2018 Chinese national champion. With former partner Peng Cheng, he is the 2015 Four Continents silver medalist. With former partner Zhang Dan, he is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a four-time (2005 bronze, 2006, 2008, 2009 silver) World medalist, and a two-time (2005, 2010) Four Continents champion.

Personal life[edit]

Zhang married his girlfriend, Ju Chi, in May 2014.[3] On May 8, 2015, the couple welcomed their first child, a son.[4][5]

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.[citation needed] In 1998–99 Junior Grand Prix (JGP), the pair competed in one event and won the gold medal. They continued the season with a bronze medal at the 1999 Chinese National Championships. The following season, they competed in two 1999–2000 JGP events, medaling in both. They qualified for the final, where they finished fifth. That year, they were second at nationals and finished fourth at Junior Worlds.

The following three seasons, they were very successful at the junior level. They won all their Junior Grand Prix events, including the 2000–01 JGP Final and the 2001–02 JGP Final. They also competed in the 2001 Junior Worlds and the 2003 Junior Worlds, winning gold both times. At the Chinese National Championships, they placed third in both 2001 and 2002, before winning their first national title in 2003.

Their first senior international was the 2002 Four Continents Championships, where they won the bronze medal. The same season they competed in the 2002 Olympics, placing 11th, and the 2002 Worlds, placing 9th. The following season they competed in their first two senior Grand Prix events, placing fourth at both events. They repeated with a bronze medal at the 2003 Four Continents Championships and improved their placement at the 2003 Worlds, finishing sixth. In the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons, they consistently medaled at their Grand Prix events. They won gold at the 2005 Four Continents Championships and 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.[citation needed] 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 2010–11 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.[6] The Zhangs returned to competition during the 2011–12 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.[6] 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.[7][8]

Partnership with Peng Cheng[edit]

In May 2012, Zhang Hao confirmed he had formed a new partnership with Peng Cheng.[7][8] 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.

For the 2014–15 Grand Prix season, Peng/Zhang were assigned to Skate America and Cup of China,[9] where they placed 3rd and 1st, respectively, qualifying for the 2015 Grand Prix Final. They finished 4th at that competition after placing 5th in the short program and 3rd in the free skate. They won the silver medal at the 2015 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. At the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships, they earned personal best scores in the free skate and combined total to finish in 4th place overall.

Partnership with Yu Xiaoyu[edit]

On April 14, 2016, International Figure Skating magazine broke the news of Zhang's new partnership with Yu Xiaoyu. The Chinese Skating Association decided to switch partners between the two pairs of Peng/Zhang and Yu/Jin.[10][11] 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.[12] 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.[13] In their second Grand Prix event at 2017 Skate America, Yu/Zhang again placed second after ranking second in both programs.[14] Their scores in both Grand Prix events have qualified Yu/Zhang for the 2017-18 Grand Prix Final.

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.[15] 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.[15]

Programs[edit]

With Yu Xiaoyu[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2017–18
[16]
2016–17
[18]
  • Eternal Flame
  • Fearless
    by Brand X Music
    choreo. by David Wilson
  • Leon
    by Eric Serra

With Peng Cheng[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2015–2016
[19][20]
2014–2015
[21]
Notre Dame de Paris
by Richard Cocciante :
2013–2014
[22]
2012–2013
[23]

With Zhang Dan[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2011–2012[24] 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[25] 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]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Yu Xiaoyu[edit]

International[26]
Event 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
Olympics 8th
Worlds 4th 7th
Four Continents 4th
GP Final 2nd 6th
GP Cup of China 1st 2nd
GP Skate Canada 2nd
GP Skate America 2nd WD
GP France WD
Asian Games 1st
Cup of Nice 1st
National
Chinese Champ. 1st

With Peng Cheng[edit]

International[27]
Event 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16
Olympics 8th
Worlds 11th 5th 4th 12th
Four Continents 5th 2nd
Grand Prix Final 4th 4th 6th
GP Bompard 4th 4th
GP Cup of China 5th 3rd 1st
GP Rostelecom 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 2nd
GP Skate America 3rd
National
Chinese Champ. 1st
Team events
World Team Trophy 5th T
(3rd P)
T = Team result; P = Personal result;
Medals awarded for team result only.

With Zhang Dan[edit]

International[28]
Event 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12
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
Trophy
6th T
(1st P)
WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

With Peng Cheng[edit]

Zhang and Peng at the 2015–16 Grand Prix Final
Zhang and Peng at the 2014-15 Grand Prix Final
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 28 – April 3, 2016 2016 World Championships 12
60.01
9
122.45
12
182.46
December 10–13, 2015 2015 Grand Prix Final 7
65.60
6
117.44
6
183.04
November 20–22, 2015 2015 Rostelecom Cup 3
68.10
3
124.94
3
193.04
November 13–15, 2015 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard 4
64.10
cancelled
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 23–29, 2015 2015 World Championships 5
69.67
4
136.96
4
206.63
February 10–15, 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships 2
69.81
3
131.64
2
201.45
December 11–14, 2014 2014 Grand Prix Final 5
62.46
3
129.33
4
191.79
November 7–9, 2014 2014 Cup of China 1
69.11
1
124.94
1
194.05
October 24–26, 2014 2014 Skate America 2
62.38
3
120.05
3
182.43
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 26–27, 2014 2014 World Championships 5
71.68
5
123.15
5
194.83
February 11–12, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics 7
70.59
8
125.13
8
195.72
December 5–8, 2013 2013 Grand Prix Final 5
68.87
4
128.50
4
197.37
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
2012–13 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 11–14, 2013 2013 World Team Trophy 4
58.62
3
115.78
3
174.40
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

References[edit]

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  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. ^ Zhang, Hao. "My Son". Weibo. Weibo. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Congratulations". Facebook. International Figure Skating. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b Lei, Lei (May 8, 2012). "Zhangs part ways". China Daily.
  8. ^ a b "Olympic silver medalists Zhangs part ways". Ice Network. May 8, 2012.
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  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Nelle notizie di aprile tiene banco la rivoluzione tra le coppie di artistico cinesi". NEVE ITALIA (in Italian). April 27, 2016.
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