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Madison Hubbell, Zach Donohue Pick Up Where They Left Off With Skate America Title

By Karen Price | Oct. 21, 2018, 4 p.m. (ET)

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 20, 2018 in  Gangneung, South Korea. 


Ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are coming off a big season in 2017-18 that saw them win the U.S. national title and make their Olympic debut.

They certainly aren’t showing any letdown so far in 2018-19 with a win at Skate America on Sunday in Everett, Washington. 

The heavily favored duo, skating to music from Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film “Romeo + Juliet,”  scored a 122.39 in the free dance to give them a total of 200.82 points. Italy’s Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri were second with 192.30 points and Russia’s Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro finished in third with 181.38 points.

The U.S. duo of Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter finished in fourth place in their Skate America debut and Karina Manta and Joseph Johnson were 10th. 

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Hubbell and Donohue were the only skaters competing who finished in the top nine at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The 27-year-olds, who have been skating together since 2011, finished fourth.

This is now the 10th year in a row that an American duo has won Skate America, the first Grand Prix competition of the season. 

Hubbell and Donohue also won the U.S. International Classic in September to kick off the season. They will next travel to Skate Canada.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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