Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The triumph of Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo

Congratulations go out to Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, who did just enough in their free skate last night to win pairs figure skating gold. Video here: watch how Shen beams after landing a whatchamacallit something or other.

I might not know figure skating, but it doesn't take much to relate to Shen and Zhao's story -- delaying retirement so they can get, after 12 years of competing, one last crack at Olympic gold.

ESPN has a nice recap:

The gold is the first in figure skating for China. The more shocking stat is that it's the first time since 1960 that a Russian or Soviet couple isn't atop the Olympic podium, ending one of the longest winning streaks in sports. Equally stunning, the Russians are leaving empty-handed, with no medals of any color.

AP recap here.

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