Hubbell and Donohue Win Ice Dance Competition at 2018 Skate America
(10/21/18) - Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won the gold medal in the ice dance competition Sunday afternoon at 2018 Skate America in Everett, Washington. The gold medal was the tenth straight ice dance gold medal for the United States at a Skate America event.
Hubbell and Donohue scored 122.39 points in the free skate for 200.82 overall points, beating the field by nearly ten points.
“It’s always an honor to represent your country in competition,” Hubbell said. “It’s something I always watched Meryl (Davis) and Charlie (White) and other teams do – come in as U.S. champions and do their best for Team USA at Skate America. I’m really pleased to be able to do that and bring the gold medal home for our team.”
“We are very pleased with today,” Donohue said. “It wasn't a perfect performance. Again, there's still some levels, still some points to get us higher up. We are still looking for more, especially out of the short. In the free, we were very happy with our performance. I think we finally reached another level that way. [We will] go home and drill the technicals for a couple of days, and then get back at it.”
Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter finished just off the podium in fourth place with 180.57 total points, while Karina Manta and Joe Johnson, who were making their Grand Prix Series debut, finished 10th with 139.33 total points.
Italy’s Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri earned the silver medal (192.30), and Russia’s Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro claimed the bronze medal (181.38).
In the ladies completion, Bradie Tennell was the top American finisher, scoring 131.17 points in the free skate for 192.89 total points and a fourth-place finish.
“I came into this competition feeling very prepared,” Tennell said. “I think that mistake early in yesterday’s program threw me off a little bit. I’m proud of how I recovered from that, both in that program and this one. I have a lot of things that I want to work on when I get home so I’m excited for that.”
Megan Wessenberg earned 110.13 points on Sunday for 170.33 total points and a sixth-place finish. Starr Andrews finished 10th with 150.56 points. Both were making their Grand Prix Series debuts.
Satoko Miyahara of Japan won her second straight Skate America title (219.71) and fellow Japanese skater Kaori Sakamoto captured her second straight silver medal (213.90) at the event. Russia’s Sofia Samodurova took the bronze medal (198.70).
Team USA finished the event with three total medals (two golds, one bronze). Get a behind-the-scenes look at the event on U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone and watch on-demand coverage using the Figure Skating Pass on NBC Sports Gold.