Shen/Zhao snagged the gold that has eluded them in their previous three bronze medal performances, with a score of 216.57. Taking silver were Tong/Pang, with 213.31 overall. German world champions got the bronze, at 210.6.
The third Chinese pair, Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao, ended up in fifth place. The day's results no doubt indicate that China has a strong figure skating program, but most of the media attention focuses on Shen and Zhao--married, retired, unretired, and now Olympic champions. In his report on the couple, The Wall Street Journal's Ian Johnson quotes Zhao as saying, "When I hold her in my arms, I don't have to pretend to love her. I do."
Chinese Skating Pair Breaks the Mold
China's 2010 Winter Olympians: Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, pairs figure skating
Figure skating: Shen and Zhao on top heading into pairs final
Shen/Zhao image: Xinmin.cn
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