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Zachary Donohue
2012 WFSC 04d 387 Madison Hubbell Zachary Donohue.JPG
Donohue with Hubbell at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships
Personal information
Full nameZachary Tyler Donohue
Country representedUnited States
Born (1991-01-08) January 8, 1991 (age 27)
Madison, Connecticut
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
PartnerMadison Hubbell
Former partnerAlissandra Aronow, Piper Gilles, Lili Lamar, Sara Bailey
CoachMarie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer
Former coachPasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, Natalia Annenko, Marina Zueva, Igor Shpilband, Mathew Gates
ChoreographerMarie-France Dubreuil, Samuel Chouinard
Former choreographerPasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, Marina Zueva, Igor Shpilband, Mathew Gates
Skating clubLansing Skating Club
Gadbois Centre
Former skating clubDetroit Skating Club, All Year FSC
Training locationsMontreal, Quebec
Former training locationsBloomfield Hills, Michigan
Began skating2001
World standingWith Hubbell
3 (2017–18)
5 (2016–17)
6 (2015–16)
10 (2014–15)
9 (2013–14)
21 (2012–13)
36 (2011–12)
With Gilles
40 (2009–10)
68 (2008–09)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total205.35
2018–19 Grand Prix Final
Short dance80.53
2018–19 Grand Prix Final
Free dance124.82
2018–19 Grand Prix Final

Zachary Tyler "Zach" Donohue (born January 8, 1991) is an American ice dancer. With Madison Hubbell, he is the 2018 World silver medalist, 2014 Four Continents champion, and 2018 U.S. national champion.

With former partner Piper Gilles, he won three medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.

Personal life[edit]

Zachary Donohue was born January 8, 1991 in Madison, Connecticut.[1] He was home-schooled through high school.[2]

Skating career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Donohue began learning to skate in 2001.[1] In the 2005-2006 season, he competed with Sara Bailey. The following season, he skated with Kaylyn Patitucci. Having placed 5th on the novice level at the Eastern Sectional Championships, they did not advance to the 2007 U.S. Championships.

With Lili Lamar, Donohue placed 5th in the junior category at the 2008 Eastern Sectional Championships. Their result was insufficient to advance to the 2008 U.S. Championships.

Partnership with Gilles[edit]

Donohue teamed up with Piper Gilles ahead of the 2008–2009 season. Making their international debut, they won gold at the 2008–09 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Ostrava, Czech Republic. They took silver at their second assignment, in Cape Town, South Africa. Their results qualified them for the 2008–09 Junior Grand Prix Final in South Korea but they withdrew before the competition due to an injury to Gilles. They won the junior bronze medal at the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Championships.

Gilles/Donohue were selected to compete for the United States at the 2010 World Junior Championships. They placed 9th out of a field of 34 teams. They announced the end of their partnership in May 2010.

Partnership with Aronow[edit]

Donohue teamed up with Alissandra Aronow in 2010. They trained in Canton, Michigan, under the coaching team of Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva, and competed in the senior ranks. They ended their partnership shortly after the 2011 U.S. Championships.

Beginning of partnership with Hubbell[edit]

Hubbell and Donohue at the 2011 Skate America

On May 12, 2011, U.S. Figure Skating announced Donohue's new partnership with Madison Hubbell.[3] The two decided to train at the Detroit Skating Club under the guidance of the coaching team of Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, and Natalia Annenko-Deller.[4]

Hubbell/Donohue made their international debut at the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy, winning the gold medal.[5][6] After taking bronze at the 2012 U.S. Championships, they were selected to compete at two ISU Championships; they placed 5th at the 2012 Four Continents in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 10th at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France.

2012–2013 season[edit]

Hubbell/Donohue took bronze at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy and then competed at two Grand Prix events. They placed 5th at the 2012 Skate Canada International and 4th at the 2012 Trophée Éric Bompard (second in the free dance). After finishing fourth at the 2013 U.S. Championships, they were not selected for any ISU Championships.

2013–2014 season[edit]

After sustaining a concussion in June 2013,[7] Hubbell spent six weeks recuperating.[8] She attributed the injury to "lack of focus, as painful as that is to admit. I finished twizzles, I did my 3-turn, and I fell off my heel."[8]

Hubbell/Donohue won gold at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, placed fourth at the 2013 Skate America, and won their first Grand Prix medal, bronze, at the 2013 Skate Canada International. After placing fourth at the 2014 U.S. Championships, they were assigned to the 2014 Four Continents Championships and finished ahead of Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier to take the gold medal. Hubbell/Donohue were first alternates for the 2014 World Championships but did not take the slot made available when Davis/White withdrew; Hubbell had sustained a torn labrum in her left hip[9] and underwent surgery in March 2014.[7]

2014–2015 season[edit]

Hubbell/Donohue won bronze at both of their Grand Prix events, the 2014 Skate Canada International and 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard, and then took bronze at the 2015 U.S. Championships. They placed 10th at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, China.

On April 13, 2015, Hubbell/Donohue announced that they had started training with Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon at the Centre Gadbois in Montreal.[10]

2015–2016 season[edit]

In November 2015, Hubbell/Donohue won their first Grand Prix title, taking gold at the 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard in Bordeaux as a result of their first place in the short dance, ahead of Canada's Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier. The second day of competition was cancelled due to the November 2015 Paris attacks. After receiving bronze at the 2015 NHK Trophy, the two qualified to their first Grand Prix Final, where they would finish 6th.

Hubbell/Donohue took the bronze medal at the 2016 U.S. Championships. They placed fourth at the 2016 Four Continents Championships in Taipei and sixth at the 2016 World Championships in Boston.

2016–2017 season[edit]

Ranked third in both segments at the 2017 U.S. Championships, Hubbell/Donohue remained national bronze medalists for a third consecutive year. In February, they placed fourth in the short dance, sixth in the free, and fourth overall at the 2017 Four Continents Championships in Gangneung, South Korea.

In March, Hubbell/Donohue won a small bronze medal for their short dance at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. They dropped to 9th overall after placing 10th in the free dance.

2017–2018 season: World silver medal and national title[edit]

Hubbell/Donohue began their season with gold at the 2017 CS U.S. International Classic. After taking bronze at the 2017 Skate Canada International and silver at the 2017 NHK Trophy, they qualified to their third consecutive Grand Prix Final. They would finish fourth at the event in Nagoya, Japan.

At the 2018 U.S. Championships, Hubbell/Donohue placed second behind the Shibutanis in the short dance and then second to Chock/Bates in the free dance. They won their first national title by a margin of 0.19 over the Shibutanis and 0.52 over Chock/Bates. All of the ice dancing medalists were named in the U.S. Olympic team. Hubbell/Donohue were not selected for the team event but competed in the individual ice dancing event. Ranked third in the short dance and fifth in the free dance, they would finish fourth overall,[11] 4.90 points behind the bronze medalists, the Shibutanis.

In March, Hubbell/Donohue won silver at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, having placed second in both segments.

Programs[edit]

With Hubbell[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2018–2019
[12]

Romeo and Juliet

2017–2018
[14][1][15]
  • Samba: Le serpent
    by Guem
  • Rhumba: Cuando calienta el sol
    by Talya Ferro
  • Samba: Sambando (Los Ritmos Calientes)



2016–2017
[2][20]
  • Blues: Feeling Good
    performed by Nina Simone
  • Hip Hop: hip hop medley
    by various artists

"Love" medley:

  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody
    by Bootstraps
  • Can't Help Falling in Love
    by Ingrid Michaelson
  • Earned It
    by Bootstraps


  • Qué has hecho con mi vida
    by Eva Ruiz

2015–2016
[22][23]
  • Waltz: Hallelujah
    performed by k.d. lang
  • March: Hallelujah March
    by Karl Hugo

2014–2015
[7][24][25]
The Great Gatsby:
  • Down the Road
  • Happy
    by C2C

  • Lay Me Down
    by Sam Smith
2013–2014
[2][25][26]

  • Hide and Seek
    by Imogen Heap
  • Whatcha Say
    by Jason Derulo
2012–2013
[2][25][27][28]
Titanic:
by James Horner
  • Waltz
  • John Ryan's Polka
2011–2012
[2][25][29]
  • Latin medley

With Gilles[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
2009–2010
[30][31]
  • Thank God I'm a Country Boy
    by John Denver
  • Country Roads
    by John Denver
  • Devil Went Down to Georgia
    by Charlie Daniels Band

  • Flamenco medley
    by the Gypsy Queens and Kings
Alfred Hitchcock movies:
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much
    by Bernard Herrmann
  • Vertigo Suite
    by Bernard Hermann
  • North by Northwest Overture
    by Bernard Herrmann
2008–2009
[30][32]
  • Go Daddy-O
    by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Flat Foot Floogie
    by Yallopin' Hounds Orchestra
  • Sing, Sing, Sing
    by James Horner
  • Malagenha
    by Sergei Mendes
  • Besame Mucho
    performed by Michel Petrucciani with the Graffiti Quartet
  • Pontero en Libertad
    by Monica Naranja

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Hubbell[edit]

International[33]
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 4th
Worlds 10th 10th 6th 9th 2nd
Four Continents 5th 1st 4th 4th
GP Final 6th 5th 4th 1st
GP NHK Trophy 3rd 2nd
GP France 4th 3rd 1st 2nd
GP Skate Canada 5th 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st
GP Skate America 6th 4th 2nd 1st
CS U.S. Classic 1st 1st 1st 1st
CS Golden Spin 1st
CS Finlandia 3rd WD 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st 1st
National[2]
U.S. Champ. 3rd 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st
Midwestern Sect. 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Gilles[edit]

International[34]
Event 08–09 09–10
Junior Worlds 9th
JGP Germany 3rd
JGP Hungary 4th
JGP South Africa 2nd
JGP Czech Republic 1st
National[30]
U.S. Champ. 3rd J 3rd J
Midwestern Sec. 2nd J
J = Junior level

With Lamar[edit]

National
Event 07–08
Eastern Sec. 5th J
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

With Patitucci[edit]

National
Event 06–07
Eastern Sec. 5th N
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

With Hubbell[edit]

2018–19 season
Date Event SD FD Total
6–9 December 2018 2018–19 Grand Prix Final 1
80.53
1
124.82
1
205.35
October 26–28, 2018 2018 Skate Canada 1
80.49
2
120.27
1
200.76
October 19–21, 2018 2018 Skate America 1
78.43
1
122.39
1
200.82
September 12–16, 2018 2018 CS U.S. Classic 1
79.11
1
118.31
1
197.42
2017–18 season
Date Event SD FD Total
March 21–24, 2018 2018 World Championships 2
80.42
2
116.22
2
196.64
February 19–20, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 3
77.75
5
109.94
4
187.69
January 5–7, 2018 2018 U.S. Championships 2
79.10
2
118.02
1
197.12
December 7–10, 2017 2017–18 Grand Prix Final 4
74.81
4
112.59
4
187.40
November 10–12, 2017 2017 NHK Trophy 2
76.31
2
112.04
2
188.35
October 27–29, 2017 2017 Skate Canada 3
76.08
2
113.35
3
189.43
September 13–17, 2017 2017 CS U.S. Classic 1
71.15
1
107.65
1
178.80
2016–17 season
Date Event SD FD Total
March 29 – April 2, 2017 2017 World Championships 3
76.53
10
101.17
9
177.70
February 15–19, 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 4
73.79
6
107.03
4
180.82
January 14–22, 2017 2017 U.S. Championships 3
79.72
3
111.70
3
191.42
December 8–11, 2016 2016–17 Grand Prix Final 5
72.47
6
107.12
5
179.59
November 10–13, 2016 2016 Trophée de France 3
66.77
2
107.81
2
174.58
October 21–23, 2016 2016 Skate America 3
68.78
2
106.99
2
175.77
October 6–10, 2016 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy 2
65.31
2
100.45
2
165.76
September 14–18, 2016 2016 CS U.S. Classic 1
64.82
1
102.08
1
166.90
2015–16 season
Date Event SD FD Total
March 28 – April 3, 2016 2016 World Championships 7
68.44
6
108.37
6
176.81
February 16–21, 2016 2016 Four Continents Championships 3
69.36
3
102.93
4
172.29
January 15–24, 2016 2016 U.S. Championships 3
71.10
3
107.71
3
178.81
December 10–13, 2015 2015–16 Grand Prix Final 5
66.21
6
96.99
6
163.20
November 26–29, 2015 2015 NHK Trophy 2
66.57
3
100.92
3
167.49
November 13–15, 2015 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard 1
64.45
- 1
September 16–20, 2015 2015 CS U.S. Classic 1
61.08
1
92.54
1
153.62
2014–15 season
Date Event SD FD Total
March 23–29, 2015 2015 World Championships 11
61.43
10
95.13
10
156.56
January 18–25, 2015 2015 U.S. Championships 3
65.43
3
99.31
3
164.74
December 4–6, 2014 2014 CS Golden Spin 2
66.40
1
100.34
1
166.74
November 21–23, 2014 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard 3
60.19
3
91.92
3
152.11
October 31– November 2, 2014 2014 Skate Canada 3
59.29
3
88.94
3
148.23
2013–14 season
Date Event SD FD Total
January 20–25, 2014 2014 Four Continents Championships 2
61.05
1
97.20
1
158.25
January 5–12, 2014 2014 U.S. Championships 4
66.69
4
101.58
4
168.27
October 24–27, 2013 2013 Skate Canada 3
60.92
3
92.28
3
153.20
October 18–20, 2013 2013 Skate America 4
60.71
4
92.27
4
152.98
September 26–28, 2013 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy 2
56.53
1
90.58
1
147.11
2012–13 season
Date Event SD FD Total
January 20–27, 2013 2013 U.S. Championships 4
67.75
4
100.11
4
167.86
November 15–18, 2012 2012 Trophée Éric Bompard 4
56.54
2
88.69
4
145.23
October 26–28, 2012 2012 Skate Canada 4
54.84
6
80.32
5
135.16
October 4–7, 2012 2012 Finlandia Trophy 3
58.44
3
91.86
3
150.30
2011–12 season
Date Event SD FD Total
March 26 – April 1, 2012 2012 World Championships 8
59.56
10
84.39
10
143.95
February 7–12, 2012 2012 Four Continents Championships 5
49.93
5
79.27
5
129.20
January 22–29, 2012 2012 U.S. Championships 3
57.56
3
94.04
3
151.60
October 21–23, 2011 2011 Skate America 6
49.71
3
81.33
6
131.04
September 21–24, 2011 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy 2
54.82
1
84.19
1
139.01

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Zachary Donohue at Wikimedia Commons