A Side Note of History

Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue are partners in pair skating who won multiple world champships
and Olympic medals. In life they're also a couple, husband and wife. The
professional and the subsequent personal relationships came about by chance, by
way of a historic turn of events.

It is saidthat, around 1990, Mr. Zhao and his then skating partner (not Shen Xue) were
training in the Soviet Union and they were caught in the political turmoil ongoing then in Russia, which would result in the collapse of the Soviet Union. What's with irregular exercise and poor diet, Zhao's partner gained quite some weight, to the point where Zhao could no longer lift her easily. The led to the decision to find a new partner, and that's when Zhao matched up with Shen Xue, his future co-champion and wife.