Lake Placid welcomed its first ice dance team of the summer season at the Saturday Night Ice Show last week.
The guest skaters were three-time United States medalists and world competitors Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who entertained the crowd with a show program to Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down" and an energetic swing medley program that was a modified version of last season's short dance.
Hubbell and Donohue had a difficult season last year due to Hubbell's injury, a torn labrum in her left hip. This meant that they could not take the available slot at the world championships that was vacated by Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue entertain the crowd Saturday, July 19 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
Photo by Christie Sausa
Still, they are determined to focus on the positives and this coming season.
"Last season was a struggle because the focus was off our skating and onto my injury," Hubbell said. "We were happy with the effort we put in, and unfortunately sometimes that's all you can get. We're not going to dwell on it or missed opportunities."
Their performance at the show was a good step toward their season, as it was the first time they have performed since the end of January at the Four Continents Championships. Their goals this year are to build toward nationals and the Grand Prix final.
"We want to qualify for the Grand Prix final," Hubbell said.
"And we want to place in the top two in nationals," added Donohue.
Of course, the team also has its sights set on the 2018 Olympic Games.
"We feel like if we put our work in and pay attention to staying healthy, we will be able to reach our goal of the Olympics," Hubbell said.
In addition to preparing for the season at their training site in Detroit, Michigan, Hubbell and Donohue participated in the Grassroots to Champions Camp (G2C) in Lansing, Michigan from July 6 to 11. The Grassroots to Champions camp was in Lake Placid in June of 2012, and is unique because it allows skaters of all levels to benefit from elite coaches and the elite skaters who participate.
Like all guest skaters, Hubbell and Donohue enjoyed visiting Lake Placid again.
"I just like that it's not the city, actually," Donohue said. "As much as I love the city, it's nice to be away from the lights and the noise and actually see stars in the sky."
"I've been here about 15 times in over 10 years, and I like that for the most part, things stay the same," Hubbell said. "It's a nice change of pace".
Although Hubbell and Donohue won't be competing in the annual Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships this year, you can see more ice dance teams of all levels compete at the Championships, July 30 through Aug. 2. The Saturday Night Ice Shows will return on August 9th with guest skater, US Junior silver medalist Ashley Cain.