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Hubbell's scope: U.S. ice dancer shares her world

2012 U.S. bronze medalist shares adventures throughout season
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Madison Hubbell, here with partner Zach Donohue, invites you on a whirlwind tour of her life. -Getty Images

Ice dancer Madison Hubbell, who claimed the 2012 U.S. bronze medal with partner Zach Donohue, relays her everyday exploits and adventures throughout the 2013-14 Olympic season.

Friday, June 7

Hey guys. Welcome to my 2013-14 Olympic season blog. If someone had told me 10 years ago that I would be training in hopes to qualify for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, I wouldn't have blinked an eye. I was only 5 years old when I watched Kristi Yamaguchi, begged my mother to take me skating and immediately set my sights on the Olympic dream. So, if the stars align, and all of my years of dedication and hard work come together at the right moment, my response may be, "It's about damn time!"

If, however, someone had come to me and said, "Madi, you will be asked to write a blog," I would have laughed in their face.

I never enjoyed writing in school. I tried to hide my writing assignments from my dad, since his idea of a second-grade book report differed greatly from mine. You see, I thought a book report could be handled in two steps: 1. Read/skim the book. 2. Write the minimum required number of words the night before it was due. My dad's idea of a book report was more of a long-term process, with weeks of analysis and at least four rough drafts. I guess I just didn't think that The Lorax by Dr. Seuss needed so much of my attention.

But alas, here I am, and I probably have my dad to thank.

This blog is supposed to be about my journey during the Olympic season, but it will not only be about skating. In the past, my competition blogs have been about almost everything except the event, and everyone seemed to enjoy them. I will include some training updates and some behind-the-scenes info, but overall, this blog will be about my everyday life.

For the people who do not know me well, that means a lot of stories involving Zach, since we spend almost 24/7 together. Even as I write this, he is sitting next to me in a love seat. When we are not together, it usually means I am babysitting for Pasquale [Camerlengo] and Angelika [Krylova], and you will meet their adorable children through this blog. So, I will do my best to keep you all posted, and interested.

If you have any questions about anything (skating, life, Zach), just ask in the comment section and I will try to address it in my next blog! Also, there are tons of amazing skaters at DSC (Detroit Skating Club), so if you want me to "interview" anyone, let me know!

As for the skating season, Zach and I are finished with our programs, and we are trying to connect everything with our new elements. At the moment, everything probably looks like a mess, but the progress is happening, and we have faith in our material.

This past week, however, I was a little clumsy and fell on a three turn. Embarrassing, I know! I smacked my head, and although the doctor has said I will be fine, he wants me to take a little break for my brain to heal. So ... this past week has been a bit boring.

I had to cancel our show last weekend in Oakland, since show lights and spinning wasn't a recommended activity. And this weekend is the annual show at the Detroit Skating Club. The doctor didn't want me to participate in the show either, but I actually have a cool opportunity off the ice. The ice show will be live-streamed for the first time in its history, and I will be helping with some commentating and behind the scenes action.

So, please check out the show. We have a lot of great guest skaters. (Visit the website here.) It costs $20 for a week of access, and the show will be aired live on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday matinee. For more info on show times, you can visit Please show your support of all the DSC skaters by going online to watch.

As I get back onto the ice, and back into my nanny duties next week, I will start my next blog. Any feedback on what you want to hear about will help make my blog more enjoyable, and I really appreciate your help with that!

Have a great day and a great start to June. And for anyone who is still in school, enjoy the beginning of your summer break.

Talk to you soon!