Chinese skating duo hope deep bond propels them to Olympic gold

January 25


SUI Wenjing and Han Cong have an intense bond that has overcome injury setbacks and sparked persistent rumours of romance -- and makes them among the favourites for figure skating gold at next month’s Beijing Olympics.


The Chinese pair have been skating together since they were teenagers, building a strong working relationship that propelled them to two world championship titles and silver at the 2018 Olympics. Now they hope to go one better at their home Games. “On the ice we give each other enough trust and support,” Sui, 26, told the Beijing Olympics YouTube channel. Her skating partner, the 29-year-old Han, added: “It is very important that we have common goals.”


The pair -- winners of Skate Canada and the Italian Grand Prix at the end of 2021 -- have a deep understanding forged from 15 years of performing together. — AFP