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Han Cong

Han Cong
Sui Wenjing and Han Cong at the 2010 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
Personal information
Full name 韩聪
Country represented  China
Born (1992-08-06) August 6, 1992 [1] or March 1989[2] (see also Age controversy below)
Harbin, Heilongjiang
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Partner Sui Wenjing
Coach Yao Bin
Zhao Hongbo
Han Bing
Former coach Luan Bo
Choreographer Zhang Wei
Marina Zueva
Skating club Harbin Skating Club
World standing 14 (As of 27 October 2013)[3]
Season's bests 7 (2010–2011)[4]
13 (2009–2010)[5]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 212.40
2014 Four Continents
Short program 75.26
2014 Four Continents
Free skate 137.14
2014 Four Continents

Han Cong (simplified Chinese: 韩聪; traditional Chinese: 韓聰; pinyin: Hán Cōng; born August 6, 1992 in Harbin, Heilongjiang) is a Chinese pair skater. With partner Sui Wenjing, he is the 2014 and 2012 Four Continents champion, three time ( 2010, 2011, 2012 ) World Junior champion, the 2009 Junior Grand Prix Final champion and the 2010 Chinese national champion. Sui and Han have landed throw quadruple Salchows and quadruple twists in competition.[6]

Contents

  • Career 1
  • Age controversy 2
  • Programs 3
  • Competitive highlights 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Career

Sui/Han teamed up in 2007 without having previous pair skating experience. They both were inspired by 2010 Olympic Champions Shen Xue & Hongbo Zhao and started skating after watching them competing in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

They made their international debut in the 2009–2010 ISU Junior Grand Prix, where they placed 1st at their events. In the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final they placed 1st. They won the Chinese Figure Skating Championships and earned a trip to the 2010 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, where they placed 1st. They became the second Chinese pair winning the World Junior Figure Skating Championships after Zhang Dan & Zhang Hao who won the title in 2001 and 2003.

In the 2010–2011 season, they won their first medal in the senior Grand Prix series, a silver medal at the 2010 Cup of China. At their second Grand Prix event, 2010 Skate America, they won a bronze medal. At the 2010-2011 Grand Prix Final in December 2010, Sui/Han scored 61.49 in the short program, setting a new personal best and a personal best of 117.55 points in the free skate to win a bronze medal with 179.04 overall.

In the 2011-2012 season, they were assigned to compete at the 2011 Skate Canada and took the silver medal, they then competed at the 2011 Cup of China and finished 5th. Sui and Han competed at the 2012 Four Continents Championships and won the gold medal placing 1st in both the short and free skate. They won their consecutive 3rd junior world title at the 2012 World Junior Championships held in Minsk, Belarus.

In the 2012–13 season, Sui / Han withdrew from the Grand Prix series due to an injury to Sui.[7] They came in 12th at the 2013 World Championships.

In the 2013-2014 season, Sui / Han were assigned to two Grand Prixs and started their event at the 2013 Skate Canada where they won the silver medal. At the 2013 NHK Trophy, they won the bronze medal behind teammates Peng Cheng / Zhang Hao. They won bronze at the Nationals qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics but did not make the Olympics team. They then competed at the 2014 Four Continents Championships and won the gold medal setting a new personal best overall score of 212.40 points.

For the 2014-2015 Grand Prix season, Sui/Han were assigned to Skate Canada and Trophee Bompard.[8]

Age controversy

In February 2011, Han's and his partner's ages became the subject of controversy. Although his ISU bio lists Han as born on August 6, 1992, a Chinese website suggested he was born in March 1989.[2] This would mean that during the 2010–11 season he is too old for junior events.[2] His partner's age also came under scrutiny. Her ISU bio states that she was born on July 18, 1995 but the Chinese website suggested she was born on May 7, 1997, making her 12 and thus, too young to compete in junior events during the 2009–10 season, including the 2010 World Junior Championships, as well as senior Grand Prix events during the 2010–11 season.[2]

Programs

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2014-2015
  • Francesca da Rimini, Fantasy for Orchestra Op. 32
    by P. Tchaikovksi
    choreo. by David Wilson
2013-2014
2012-2013
2011–2012
[9]
  • The Soul of Flamenco
    by Michael Laucke and
    Manuel El Chachi Orchestra
    choreo. by Marina Zueva
  • Love Story of a Terracotta Warrior
    choreo. by Zhang Wei
2010–2011
[10]
2009–2010
[1]
  • Barynia
    (Russian folk music)
    choreo. by Zhang Wei
  • City Lights
    by Charlie Chaplin
    choreo. by Zhang Wei

Competitive highlights

(with Sui)

Results[11]
International
Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013-14 2014-15
Worlds 9th 12th 6th
Four Continents 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 3rd TBD
GP Cup of China 2nd 5th WD
GP NHK Trophy WD 3rd
GP Bompard 2nd
GP Skate America 3rd
GP Skate Canada 2nd 2nd 2nd
Asian WG 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 1st 1st 1st
JGP Final 1st 1st
JGP Austria 2nd 1st
JGP Belarus 1st
JGP Germany 1st 1st
JGP Latvia 1st
National
Chinese Champ. 4th 1st 1st 2nd 2nd
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

References

  1. ^ a b "Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "China eyed over 9 athletes' ages".  
  3. ^ "ISU World Standings for Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance : Pairs". International Skating Union. June 16, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2010/2011 : Pairs". International Skating Union. May 6, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2009/2010 : Pairs". International Skating Union. March 24, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2012 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships Pairs' Free Skate Protocol".  
  7. ^ 姚滨直言庞佟状态还不够好 隋文静受骨骺炎困扰 (in Chinese).  
  8. ^ "2014-15 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Pairs". July 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Competition Results: Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN". International Skating Union. 

External links

  • Sui / Han at the International Skating Union
  • Figure skating at the 11th Chinese National Games Full Results and Protocol PDF
  • 2009 Chinese Figure Skating Championships Results And Protocols (Archived 2009-08-01) PDF (Chinese)
  • 2010 Chinese Figure Skating Championships Results And Protocols PDF (Chinese)
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