Hubbell/Donohue performed to songs from A Star is Born and amassed 209.55 points overall © International Skating Union
Two-time World Ice Dance medalists Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) sealed their second Skate America title Saturday in Las Vegas. Russians Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin earned the silver medal and Laurence Fournier Beaudry/Nikolaj Sorensen of Canada picked up the bronze, their first Grand Prix medal.
Hubbell/Donohue delivered a solid performance to ‘Shallow’ and ‘Alibi’ by Lady Gaga and earned a level four for the twizzles, the combination lift, spin and the curve lift, while the serpentine step sequence and the one-foot step sequence were rated a level three.
The ISU Grand Prix Final Champions were ranked second in the Free Dance at 124.58 points but overall remained in first place to win their fourth Grand Prix gold medal with a total score of 209.55 points.
“We were really looking forward to debuting this program. It feels like you work on a project for so many months and you can’t see straight anymore. We’re happy to put it out the first time, we got a lot of feedback. There were good things and not so good things and we feel like we can make a lot of progress already for next week (at Skate Canada),” Hubbell said.
Russian duo Stepanova and Bukin came first in the Free Dance but second overall © International Skating Union
Stepanova/Bukin’s dance to ‘Primavera’ and ‘Cry Me a River’ was highlighted by difficult twizzles, combination spins and lifts that garnered a level four.
The reigning European silver medalists edged Hubbell/Donohue in the Free Dance with 124.66 points, but finished second overall on 206.57 points.
“Today we’re more pleased with our performance than yesterday. We fought through and kept pushing until the end and overall it was not a bad performance,” Stepanova said.
Laurence Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen (CAN) at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating (USA) 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Dancing to ‘Summertime’, ‘Georgia On My Mind’ and ‘Cry Me a River’, Fournier Beaudry/Sorensen completed four level-four elements, but the one-foot step sequence merited only a level two.
The Nebelhorn Trophy Champions scored 118.36 points and accumulated 197.53 points overall.
“I think it (a Grand Prix medal) is something that we’ve dreamed about since we started skating together,” Sorensen said.
“Stepping onto that podium is everybody’s dream, so to finally be able to do it in our first Grand Prix skating for Canada after not being on the circuit last year is just very exciting. We’ve set high goals for ourselves this season and we felt like we were able to give our best.”
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