Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Countdown to US Figure Skating Championships: 18 Days!

Madison & Keiffer Hubbell (Detroit SC)

  • 2006 Junior Grand Prix Final Champions
  • 2008 US Junior Champions
  • 2009 US Nationals 4th
  • 2010 US Nationals 6th
  • 2010 Cup of China 6th

Madison and Keiffer have had an interesting season this year in that they started with a rough short dance at Cup of China, but came back with a stronger free skate, but still finished 6th overall. They withdrew from Cup of Russia after a strong short dance in what was sort of a freak event with 3 teams withdrawing. Though I thought their Addams Family short dance was a bit generic, I found their free dance to be really innovative, especially in their use of levels. With the retirement of Belbin & Agosto and Navarro & Bommentre, the Hubbells have a chance to challenge the 3 Zoueva/Shpilband teams for a place on the podium. Though they haven't had the scores of the Shibutanis or Chock & Zuerlein this season, they are still in contention for a medal if either or these teams falter. It is unfortunate to say because I hate to see one set of coaches dominate, but it is my opinion that if top US ice dance teams are not training with Zoueva & Shpilband, they are at a disadvantage. 

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