Winter Games Athletes
Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay have had a relatively brief career together on the ice, partnering in May 2011 and working as a pair ever since. It’s been a steady climb in that short amount of time, however, as they finished eighth at the 2012 U.S. championships before winning bronze in 2013 and culminating their accomplishments with silver this January. Even still, the two were hardly shoo-ins for Sochi. They barely beat out the more experienced duo of Caydee Denney and John Coughlin at the U.S. championships, ultimately getting the nod to represent their country in Sochi despite Denney and Coughlin’s extensive resume. Zhang and Bartholomay are short on international experience, but did finish fourth at the 2013 Four Continents championships in a field that could look somewhat similar to the competition they’ll face in Russia. In addition to her experience in pairs competitions, Zhang has additionally won an individual novice bronze medal at the 2008 U.S. championships. She placed sixth at the junior level two years later. Zhang works as a sales associate for J. Crew in her spare time, and takes part-time classes at the University of South Florida.