NASHVILLE, Tenn. — U.S. Figure Skating named its Olympic ice dance team on Sunday morning. The U.S. has medaled in every ice dance competition since the 2006 Olympics and is in good shape to continue that streak in Beijing. All three teams train together in Montreal.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Chock and Bates will be in their third Olympics together, and this will be Bates’ fourth time going to the Winter Games. The 2022 national champions have a trophy cabinet full of medals from their years skating together, including a silver and bronze from the world championships and three silvers from Grand Prix Finals. Their free program isn’t to be missed, as it has a high-concept, outer-space theme to it.
Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue
This pair is headed to its second Olympics and plans to retire after this season. In the past four years, Hubbell and Donohue have been on the podium much more than they haven’t, winning silver at the 2018 and 2021 world championships and a bronze at the 2019 worlds.
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker
The newbies of the U.S. Olympic ice dance team, Hawayek and Baker took third at the national championships. They don’t have the medals of their teammates, but they have competed in the last three world championships. Their connection on the ice is palpable in their programs.