DETROIT – Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue are one of three top ice dance teams in the United States.
Hubbell, 26, and Donohue, 27, are competing in their first Olympics after winning their first U.S. championships in San Jose in January. Hubbell and Donohue began skating together in 2011 however the two began their careers at very early ages.
Hubbell originally began competing with one of her older brothers, Keiffer, at age five. However, after he decided to take a step back from the sport, Donohue took his place. Donohue first began skating at age 11, and partnered with Piper Gilles before joining forces with Hubbell.
Event: Ice Dance
Hometown: Okemos, Mich. (Hubbell) Madison, Conn. (Donohue)
Training Center: Montreal, Quebec
Olympics: PyeongChang 2018
As a team, they have become four-time U.S. bronze medalists in 2012, 2015-17. Hubbell and Donohue trained at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills until 2015 when they moved to Montreal, Canada to train under Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, the same coaches that train Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the Canadian ice dance team that won an Olympic gold medal in 2010 and an Olympic silver medal in 2014.
The state of Michigan will be represented by 14 athletes including:
- Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani -- Event: Ice Dance
- Madison Chock and Evan Bates -- Event: Ice Dance
- Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue -- Event: Ice Dance
- Jessica Kooreman -- Event: Short Track Speed Skating -- 1,000m race and 1,500 meter race
- Megan Keller -- Event: Defender for Women's Ice Hockey
- James Wisniewski -- Event: Defender for Men's Hockey
- Chad Billins -- Event: Defender for Men's Hockey Team
- Jim Slater -- Event: Forward for Men's Hockey Team
- Kyle Mack -- Event: Snowboarding Slopestyle and Big Air
- Ryan Pivirotto -- Event: Short Track Speed Skating
- Nick Baumgartner -- Event: Snowboardcross