Madison Hubbell, Zachary Donohue Strike Grand Prix Silver In France

By Brandon Penny | Nov. 12, 2016, 3:58 p.m. (ET)
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue perform their free dance at 2016 Progressive Skate America at Sears Centre Arena on Oct. 23, 2016 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.


Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue are on a roll. The ice dancers won their fourth medal in as many events this season when they finished second Saturday afternoon at Trophee de France in Paris.

Hubbell and Donohue earned a total score of 174.58 to take the silver medal behind Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, who scored 193.50, less than one point away from the score that earned them gold at last year’s world championships. Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier took the bronze with 170.78.

Having scored 66.77 in Friday’s short dance, the Americans were third, trailing the Frenchmen (78.26) and Russians Elena Ilinykh and Ruslan Zhiganshin (68.72). Hubbell and Donohue made up for it in the free dance, earning 107.81 points to pass Ilinykh and Zhiganshin, who finished fourth.

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This is the third straight year Hubbell and Donohue have medaled at the grand prix in France. They took bronze in 2014, then gold in 2015 when the event was canceled after the short dance due to the terror attacks in Paris.

Hubbell and Donohue also earned silver at their first grand prix assignment of the season, Skate America, qualifying them for the Grand Prix Final for the second year in a row. Madison Chock and Evan Bates have also qualified for the final, placing second at both their assignments as well. Maia and Alex Shibutani, who won Skate America last month, hope to join the two U.S. teams.