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China's Shen and Zhao win pairs gold

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Shen Xue beamed as she clutched the big shiny medal and husband Zhao Hongbo planted a kiss on her forehead.The Chinese pair has stood on the podium many times in many different places.Never on a stage like this.Shen and Zhao won the Olympic gold medal that has driven them for nearly two decades Monday night, a prize tantalizing enough to lure them out of the cozy life of a happily retired married couple. It wasn't the best skate of their career — she tumbled onto his back during a lift — but it was good enough to win.That's all that mattered."We've been in competitions for many years, and won other medals," Zhao said. "But every time we heard the national anthem and saw our flag being raised, we wished it was the Olympic Games. Today we've achieved our goal."When they finished their program, Zhao knelt to the ice and buried his face in his hands while his wife patted his back. Their score of 216.57 points was more than three points better than teammat...

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