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Five favorite things with Madison Hubbell

U.S. dancer has an affinity for the blues, footwork and her mom's homemade costumes

Madison Hubbell enjoys doing footwork because, as she says, it "breaks the mold."
Madison Hubbell enjoys doing footwork because, as she says, it "breaks the mold." (Tom Briglia)

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By icenetwork.com
(11/21/2012) - Madison Hubbell achieved strong results in the years she skated with her brother, Keiffer, and she has taken her skating to a new level with her current partner, Zach Donohue.

She and Donohue made a stunning debut at the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy, where they won the gold, and have gone on to capture the bronze at both the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the 2012 Finlandia Trophy, as well as a 10th-place finish in their worlds debut.

Hubbell, though, measures her accomplishments by more than just results. To her, figure skating -- and ice dancing, in particular -- is an art form, one in which the performer must immerse him- or herself in order to properly convey the message of a program.

As she told icenetwork.com correspondent Jean-Christophe Berlot at the 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard, "Zach and I enjoy dance and theatre and the production side of the sport, not only the technical one. We are very passionate about the feeling we hope to give the audience. We do really care about that. It's not just about the points."

Engaging the audience in what they're doing on the ice is of utmost importance to Hubbell and her partner.

"What we want is really to bring people in, to make them feel that they are a part of the program. We want people to be on the edge of their seats."

Icenetwork.com: What's your favorite thing about being a figure skater?

Hubbell: I am able to devote my life to doing what I feel passionate about, and by doing this, I see the world and meet amazing people.

Icenetwork.com: Do you have any favorite warm-up music?

Hubbell: I generally like sultry, bluesy music. Sometimes I need a pick-me-up and will go with Top 40.

Icenetwork.com: Is there a particular skating maneuver that's your favorite to perform?

Hubbell: Footwork. I see it as a challenge to make something that fits the rules but also breaks the mold.

Icenetwork.com: What's your favorite sports team?

Hubbell: The University of Illinois wheelchair basketball team. I have been best friends with Michaela Cook for over 10 years, and her sister, Carlie Cook, is on the team. I have been to a few tournaments, and it is honestly the only sport that I follow at all!

Icenetwork.com: What's your favorite costume you've worn in your career?

Hubbell: My mother has made many special costumes for me. My favorites are usually the ones that she hand beads!