Event Previews

Skate America 2021 Preview: Ice Dance

What to Watch

The top US dance teams will be facing off early this year, with the gold medal most likely going to Hubbell/Donohue or Chock/Bates. The two teams are always within a few points of each other and have been trading the American #1 spot back and forth over the past few seasons and finishing 2nd and 4th at the most recent World Championships. Hubbell/Donohue have had the edge lately, but Chock/Bates have been on a big PR push lately, even releasing their own podcast together, and have gone all out on a risky sci-fi Daft Punk free dance for this season. This will be a major match-up to track throughout the season as whoever comes out on top will have US Figure Skating’s backing in their push to nab an Olympic medal.

Also in a tight national rivalry (though their competitors won’t be at this event), Smart/Diaz need strong, consistent skates all season long to grab Spain’s single Olympic dance spot. Their scores from every event will be added up and compared against Hurtado/Khaliavin to decide who gets the spot, so every last tenth of a point is important.

Smart/Diaz will be battling for the bronze against the Canadian team of Fournier Beaudry/Sorensen, who have yet to compete this season.

The Field

TEAM/COUNTRYBEST SCORESNOTABLE RESULTS
Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE
USA
RD: 86.05
FD: 128.66
Total: 214.71
2nd 2021 Worlds
2021 National Champions
3rd 2019 GPF
Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES
USA
RD: 85.76
FD: 129.01
Total: 213.18
4th 2021 Worlds
2nd 2021 Nationals
2nd 2019 GPF
Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY / Nikolaj SORENSEN
Canada
RD: 81.16
FD: 119.84
Total: 201.00
8th 2021 Worlds
6th 2019 4CC
Annabelle MOROZOV / Andrei BAGIN
Russia
RD: 78.75
FD: 112.96
Total: 191.71
4th 2020 Nationals
Olivia SMART / Adrian DIAZ
Spain
RD: 76.62
FD: 116.11
Total: 191.31
8th 2020 Europeans
2x National Champions
Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV
Poland
RD: 76.12
FD: 112.48
Total: 185.48
12th 2021 Worlds
5th 2019 Europeans
Carolane SOUCISSE / Shane FIRUS
Canada
RD: 73.32
FD: 110.06
Total: 181.39
2nd 2018 4CC
3rd 2021 Nationals
Misato KOMATSUBARA / Tim KOLETO
Japan
RD: 68.02
FD: 100.82
Total: 167.81
19th 2021 Worlds
3x National Champions
Molly CESANEK / Yehor YEHOROV
USA
RD: 58.75
FD: 93.01
Total: 151.76
5th 2021 Nationals

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