for some backstory on how Zach Donohue and Madison Hubbell met, They started dating about six months later, but after about two and a. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, Team USA ice dancing Luckily for them, however, they're dating other skaters. And both couples. are ice dancers madison hubbell and zachary donohue dating. 2 of 9. All photos. This promising pair took home the gold medal at the
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He is also teaching us about technique, especially for long lines and flow across the ice. Our coaching staff is huge, and expands beyond the ice. We are lucky enough to do ballet, workout, ballroom, and theatre class every week. The workout is intense, and sometimes it's outside since it's summertime, but it's very fun to do with the whole group of skaters.
Theatre is also something new for us, and so interesting. We feel so invested and deeply emotionally connected to our programs already, and we have only just begun. Talk a bit about how last season turned out, and your goals for the upcoming season.
And what do you feel you need to do to accomplish your goals this season? Last season was a success, but also disappointing. We say this because of Madison's hip surgery, which was a great success. She was able to recover, and compete better and better through the season. This was not a guarantee, and we were of course very pleased with this aspect of our season.
It was also hard, though, to fight through and overcome so much behind the scenes, but not to see that reflected in the form of big successes at our competitions. While we did well and earned some medals, we also think we placed where many people expected of us, without making greater impact.
We wanted to create a "wow," and we didn't feel that we accomplished that. We felt a little lost, and we decided that we needed a change of environment to reignite the passion inside us. We feel that we've made the right decision, and we are so happy, excited, and determined to become the best skaters we can be in our new home. How is it like to work alongside Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron?
Do you feel that their rise last season means that other skaters - like you - can make similar leaps? They are beautiful, creative skaters, and they're mesmerizing even when they're working on and helping come up with their choreography.
How collaborative has the music selection process been with your new coaches? And when will you release your program music for the season? We were very impressed with our music selection process, which was very thoughtful, but also very decisive.
We found music for both of our programs in only a few weeks, and both programs were choreographed with such care from Marie-France. Every movement has intention, a thought behind it.
We will release our programs soon, we promise! We really want people to see our program in concert with the music. One does not exist without the other. You have a great connection on the ice, and it's great to see your ability to take on different forms of music. Is there a certain style of music that is your favorite? We have a great relationship on and off the ice, and have grown close over the past four years. Every day we are learning more about each other, the way we think, and the way we move.
We are both very open people who perform on a deeply personal level. Our skating style is well-suited to the blues, but we feel that we are also very versatile.
All of our programs have been different styles and themes, and we are looking forward to showing everyone yet another style that we can perform this season. What has been your favorite program so far, short or free? We feel that our new free dance is going to be very special, and it is our favorite so far. We loved our program from the season, and it will always hold a special place in our heart, but we would never repeat any of our programs.
We went through so much during the season, between injuries and barely missing the Olympic team. That year, and that program really bonded us together and made us a stronger team. Who does the choreography for your exhibitions?
We do all of the choreography for our show programs. They are a chance for us to feel free and reconnected with our love of skating. There is no pressure during shows - no judges and scores - so we let ourselves relax and just enjoy the moment.
Are you going to be doing more shows this year? How do you decide where you do them? We would love to do some more shows, but we have to put our training first. When we are invited to participate, we always want to say yes, but we have to look at whether or not we can take days away from our training or if we need to really buckle down and work.
What do you think you will do when you retire from competing though I hope it's not for many years!! Will you stay involved in skating, or do you have other interests? I love to teach and choreograph. After retiring from competition, I'd love to work with all the disciplines of figure skating, with thoughts towards a larger show production.
For now, I'm focusing on my training and soaking up all the knowledge of movement, choreography, and technique that I can. I've always said that I would leave the world of figure skating, but as I get older, I'm beginning to realize how hard it would be to live away from the ice.
I do know that I'd like to have a family and be a mom. I love kids, and I also love to create things. Whether it is gardening, baking, art, or making jewelry, I like to try everything. We will just have to wait and see. They qualified for Worlds after winning the bronze medal at the Prudential U.
At Nationals, they started with a smoldering short dance that highlighted their power and chemistry. Their flamenco and paso doble filled every corner of the Greensboro Coliseum, reflecting all the hard work they put in during the season with a Latin choreographer.
Madi and Zach were so fierce, in fact, that they became a trending entry on Redditwhere avid Photoshoppers quickly went to work. In their free dance, set to music from the soundtrack to the recent Great Gatsby movie, Madi and Zach presented a variety of styles, moods, and shapes. Although Madi continues to recover from surgery in March of and had not had physical therapy during the entire week of Nationals, their vast improvement in speed, power, and range of motion over last season was evident.
Madi and Zach very much appreciate the overwhelming love and support they continue to receive from their fans, and look forward to showing their progress at Worlds. Since Nationals, Madi has continued to recover, and both Madi and Zach have trained intensively. On a recent U. Figure Skating conference call, Madi said that "our goal is to show everyone what we know ourselves As an exclusive to this website, Madi and Zach have shared photos of Madi's new dress, which, as mentioned previously on this website, was once again painstakingly hand-made by Susan Hubbell, Madi's mom.
For example, what looks like a belt isn't one.
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Instead, it's an intricate row of beading that took over 20 hours of handiwork. Check out Madi's dress beneath this paragraph. And don't forget to cheer Madi and Zach on at Worlds, whether you're there in person, watching online, or with them in spirit! They have reworked sections of their short dance, and are continuing to train strongly every day. Are you also going to U. Nationals in Greensboro and cheering on Madi and Zach? Team Madi and Zach would like to meet you and thank you for your support.
The team has made a limited number of t-shirts just for the occasion, and would like to give away these shirts to fans who can confirm their attendance in Greensboro by meeting a member of Team Madi and Zach in person at the arena. Depending on demand, a random drawing will be held to determine the winners of the giveaway. A member of Team Madi and Zach will then contact the winners to arrange a meeting time and location. To enter, please send Team Madi and Zach a private message via their Facebook page click on "Message" on the right side of the cover image with your name and contact details in Greensboro cell and email.
All information will be kept confidential - although a few lucky winners will get their shirts personalized and autographed by Madi and Zach!
And if you can't wait until Greensboro to get your Madi and Zach fix, check out some short videos they filmed recently for U. As always, Madi and Zach thank you for your support! Madi's mom offers an inside look into the costume-making process December 12, - Webmaster Update Congratulations to Madi and Zach on completing their Fall competitive season! The competition was an opportunity for Madi and Zach to debut their programs in a competitive setting and obtain feedback from international judges.
Despite having trained for only six weeks, Madi and Zach were able to execute six Level 4 elements between their short and free dances, and earned a combined score of After Skate Canada, Madi and Zach trained harder, refined their programs, and even worked with Madi's mom, Sue, to revamp their costumes see below.
On November 22nd, they improved their combined score to There, they again executed six Level 4 elements between their short and free dances, and generated particularly positive attention for a strong free dance. Madi and Zach then regrouped quickly to compete at Golden Spin of Zagreb, where on December 6th they became the first American ice dancers to win the event in 28 years. In addition to executing nine Level 4 elements, they received personal-best scores in international competition in all phases of the event, earning At Golden Spin, Madi and Zach posted scores that were among the highest in ice dance so far this season, and look forward to improving upon these results at their next competition, the U.
Cheer them on, whether live or in spirit! In other news, don't forget to follow Madi and Zach's new, combined Twitter account at hubbelldonohueas well as their individual accounts at MadiHubbell and ZachTDonohue! We show up day after day for our prescribed torture. When our self-pity becomes too annoying for our coaches, they offer us an alternative. If you want to change your goal, we can change your training. But it is my boyfriend, Adrian, that takes the brunt of my insanity. We live together, train together, and complain together.
It is our routine. We come home after training. We tell each other about our frustrations. Sometimes the discussion is serious, and we listen accordingly. Sometimes we just need to release our tensions, and we do a great job "listening" to each other while the words flow in one ear and out the other.
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I am lucky to have someone who understands me. I have realized over the years how important this dynamic is, and I suppose this is why athletes very often end up marrying other athletes. Adrian and I have been together for almost three years now. We understand each other well in our everyday approach to life and in our roles as athletes.
In the past few weeks, my emotions have been a roller coaster. My truth is… there is always a crushing low that comes after a high. I am learning to control myself, but it takes time. Zach and I had a productive summer that culminated with our week at Champs Camp.
Champs Camp is a high-performance camp organized by U. We get together to meet and do photo shoots with media, get information from the federation, and most importantly, show our programs to our officials. We worked hard in preparation.
The week went great, and we were left exhausted. Not only exhausted from the altitude we skated at 6, feet! We came home, jumped right back into training, and I crashed! Less physically, than emotionally. Feelings can be deceiving.
Madison Native Zach Donohue And Ice Dancing Partner Madison Hubbell Hoping For Olympic Medal
This is a fact. What I feel on the ice is not necessarily what people see. Knowing this is the first step. When you feel so strongly about something at a particular moment, however, it is hard to convince yourself that the reality can be different.
This is where Adrian enters the equation. Let me give you a rundown of my week. I think it will be easier to demonstrate my point this way. Monday First day training fully after Champs Camp. I was feeling pretty positive, but there was a voice in the back of my head saying "only 12 training days until your first event! We just needed to change a few steps here and there to ensure that we could get maximum scores.
But I was not able to control the little voice in my head, and my impatience and frustration started to come out.
The cycle of panic had begun! He listened to me, tried to console me, and we moved on. Tuesday Feeling like I had been too stressed on the previous day, I knew I needed to relax. I felt like we hadn't accomplished much on Monday due to my attitude, so I assumed that if I could control my emotions, we would make progress in leaps and bounds.
With an expectation of greatness, we were sure to fail. No matter what we might have accomplished, I would have never been pleased.
He listened supportively, but there was no getting through to me. Wednesday Officially two weeks before leaving for competition. Starting to get a bit fatigued. Two nights of poor sleep quality followed by early-morning wake-ups didn't add positivity into the equation. With the fatigue in my body, I felt like I was skating terribly. It was only a feeling… but I am sure everything looked very similar to usual.
And the thing is, once your brain decides something, it is really hard for your body to do something different. My quiet, internal panic had escalated into an irrational anger by the end of the day. I ranted while my voice gained strength and volume. He knew the time was coming. He answered back with advice, that on any other day may have been taken well.
But Wednesday was not any other day. Once we arrived home I began to unravel. I started to realize that I was screaming, feeling helpless, and out of control. I wanted to fix everything, to feel great, to be perfect. This three-day decline wasn't in my plan. Eventually, I broke down into hysterical tears. I had said everything I needed to say, most of which made no sense. The words were not important, just the act of taking it all out.
I needed to let it out, and I am lucky to have a boyfriend that understands me completely. They won nationals and the world silver medal infollowed by bronze in Maia and Alex Shibutani captured the last two national titles and two straight world medals silver inbronze inwhile Hubbell and Donohue were regularly on the podium at nationals, but never the top step. As soon as we moved to Montreal, we felt the heat. So doing four a day kind of gets you over that fear. A year later, Hubbell and Donohue posted their top finish at worlds — sixth.
Last year they were in medal position in Helsinki after placing third in the short dance and earning a small medal for their performance. They wound up ninth. He feels he has no choice but to joke about it: Am I going to think about it going into every competition and freak out about it?