Back from China!

Hi Everyone!

We just got back from China where I spent the past two weeks working with Pang Quig and Tong Jian, finessing their short and long program. By living in their sport village, we had a real taste of what it’s like to train on the Chinese National team. We shared every meal with the skaters, speed skaters, coaches and trainers. There I taught on the ice next to the great Chinese pair legend, coach Bin Yao. I felt like I was at the Olympic village surrounded by utter dedication and drive inside a world that lives and breathes sport. Our son Kai, on the other hand, was spoiled by all the coaches and skaters that took turns carrying him.  He was loved everywhere we went. If you’re ever in Beijing I highly recommend you visit “798 Space” an avant-garde and trendy art district. The other place, obviously, the Great Wall. Enjoy a view of the the Great Wall in the winter, taken by Bohdan. Breathtaking! :) (Speaking of breathing, a word to the wise: bring a mask for the more polluted days. We bought the 3M P95. It’s reported to cut out 95% of air born pollutants. You can get live updates here: )

On every trip I take, I find a new part of myself. The more foreign the culture to the one I know, the more I bring back with me. From Beijing I bring back people’s overwhelming love for children. Nowhere else in the world did our little one feel so much of the communal attention as he did in Beijing (and he has already been to 6 countries in his short life.)

Keep an eye out for a treat from China!!! An interview with the 2010 Olympic Champions Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo


2 thoughts on “Back from China!

  1. Kim Dugal

    Hi Shae-Lynn. I absolutely love your interview with Joannie Rochette. You asked all the right questions and Joannie answerd each question beautifully. I like that you bring Kai with you everywhere you go it is to bad he is not a little older but I am sure you will continue to bring him along. I love your skating even solo. I never realized how well you write until you wrote about your experince about Bejing. You have so many talents and good at each one. When you came to the Nationals in Ottawa years back I waited in line to get an autograph I could not wait to get to you, then I realized I can’t just hand her my sheet she is going to ask me questions and I am going to freeze and I am going to stand there and she is going to wonder what I am doing so I left without my autograph I can kick myself now. Please excuse my mistakes Anjali is not here to point them out. I have to tell you Kai is so cute but they do grow so fast I am going to my granddaughter’s birthday party today and she is 3 today and my daughter is expecting on May 29th she will have a boy this time and I think it will be her last. I hope you continue to do more interviews and skate I really enjoy to watch you skate and now write. Best of Luck to you and your family.


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