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The vicissitudes of fate

May in Beijing is almost the beginning of summer, the temperature exceeded 35 ℃, but one pair still worked hard on various movements on the ice rink. This year she is 20 years old, he is 23 years old, in her eyes he is stubborn, a little “stupid”, but, of course, always showing concern, like an older brother; in his eyes she is able to endure difficulties, she has a wide soul, and at the same time she is very smart.

They are partners in pair skating in the Chinese figure skating team, the girl’s name is Sui Wenjing, and the young man is Han Tsun. Shortly before that, they won a silver medal at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships. After the performance, their tears of tenderness touched the audience to the core. After all, this is their first medal at the World Cup in all those 8 years that they are professionally engaged in ice skating.

Tears after the race

Let’s go back two months ago. On March 26, in Shanghai, the second day of the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships began in the East Sports Center, on which day the first set of awards were to be played. Sui Wenjing and Han Tsong went to the site for the last time and launched an attack on rewards.

For a free program, they used music from Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem Francesca da Rimini, they were the penultimate, but despite the excitement, they demonstrated excellent coordination of movements and received the highest scores for the technique. As for the content of the program, their free, easy and confident skating not only gathered the applause of all the audience, but also allowed them to get a very high overall rating. When the competition ended, it became known that they won a silver medal with a slight lag behind the first place, it was the first medal in their professional career, received at the World Cup.

After the end of their program, the hall exploded with applause, Sui Wenjing could not cope with the feelings that had surged across her and instantly burst into tears. After the speech, during the interview, the girl said: “In fact, we do not participate in competitions for the sake of evaluations, but mainly in order to prove to ourselves that we have not trained so hard for many years!” – saying this, she burst into tears again. Han Tsun, who was standing next to her, hugging his partner by the shoulders, added: “Thanks to persistent 8-year training, we have achieved success today, but there are still a lot of words that I would like to express, thanks to our coach for not leaving us .. . ”At that moment, this strong young guy also caught his breath from surging excitement.

They could not hold back their tears due to the fact that all these eight years they cherished one dream. In 2007, Sui Wenjing and Han Tsong became partners. Sui Wenjing was 12 years old that year, Han Tsun was 15 years old. Today, eight years later, holding hands, they rushed along the rink.

Long joint training allowed them to understand each other’s heart and mind, at a glance. According to Han Tsun, Sui Wenjing is very stubborn, bold, smart. She often on her own initiative asks to increase the amount of training, her training plan is almost the same as that of male athletes. Girls, when they begin to make difficult movements, such as jumping, spinning, etc., usually experience fear. But Sui Wenjing controls her feelings and behaves quite naturally, so it’s impossible to notice a shadow of fright on her face.

According to Sui Wenjing, Han Tsong is a cold-blooded and experienced partner. “At the very beginning of training, I was 40 centimeters lower than him, every day I looked at him from the bottom up. If I didn’t succeed in some kind of movement, he looked reproachfully at me with his small eyes, although his eyes are small but very expressive. Once this manner of his freaked me out and I cried, after which he became softer. We have been working for many years, he has already turned from a cruel and inhuman “fascist” into an older brother, leading me to progress. ”

First ice trip

Although they share the same dream, they have different experiences with entering the ice rink. When Han Tsong was in kindergarten, the teacher recommended him roller skating. After practicing for some time, he and his partners took off their roller skating boots, bought skates and went out on the ice. Then he was injured, and was forced to interrupt his sports career on the ice.

Once, after his recovery, the first coach of Han Tsun came to school to select talents, he asked Han Tsun if he wants to continue to train? “At that time, my skiing was bad, pushing away from ice also didn’t look very attractive, and the growth was not high. Many asked me if you would be able to do pair skating with such data. Of course not. And I believed that I could, and I would like to prove it to myself, so I returned to the rink. Then the coach helped me to correct my movements step by step. ”

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