By: Shelby Brooks
Madison Hubbell was born in Lansing, Michigan, but moved to Toledo in the 6th grade. According to her mother, she skated for the first time when she was five years old.
“Madison, from the time she was two, wanted to ice skate. I mean, that’s what she talked about. She would watch it on TV. She would skate in her socks in the foyer and do all the programs that she watched people do. She always liked the pairs,” Madison’s mother Susan told NBC 24 News.
Madison started skating about two years after her older brother Keiffer. They would both practice in Ann Arbor for nearly 8 hours a day, and even switched to online school to better fit their schedule. Madison and Keiffer competed as partners for ten years until Keiffer retired. After that, in 2011, she teamed up with her current partner Zachary Donohue. They quickly won a gold medal at an international competition, but missed the chance to join the last winter Olympics in Sochi by only two points. This year in January, they won nationals, which ensured their place in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Madison’s parents and brother are all in South Korea cheering her on.