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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

PostHeaderIcon China Figure Skaters Take Gold, Silver

VANCOUVER — The Chinese, as we know, are big on dynasties.

The world of pairs figure skating might just be in the middle of one and it has turned the Olympic podium into a strange new place, with no Russians in sight for the first time since 1960 in Squaw Valley, Calif., when a pair of Canadians, Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul, won gold.

Skating last on Monday night at Pacific Coliseum, Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China took their infinitesimal .70-point lead after the short program and spun it into a total of 216.57 to win the first gold medals for China in this event. But for a small unison glitch on a spin that relegated them to second place in the free skate, they nailed almost every element, including two triple throws and a triple lift. They were sure, steady, smiling and looked like the best skaters on the ice. Happily married, happily golden.

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